Small dwellings call for small furniture.  New York City and Tokyo residents know this best, as a square footage in either of those cities can well exceed $1,000, provided you’re a home owner.  To make the most of your space, assuming you live in such a location, you’ll want to consider this unique shelving unit that comes in two sizes, a variety of finishes, and is scalable according to your needs.

It’s called the Klaffi shelf and is designed by Finnish designer Eeva Lithovius.  Although I don’t explicitly know how it is attached to your home’s wall, you will have to adhere it since, unlike traditional shelves, it doesn’t remain upright on its own.  However, that small caveat is well worth it, as the Klaffi shelves can fold up when not in use, saving a fair bit of space.  They remind me of a trundle-bed, which hides upright in a wall or closet when you don’t have a guest staying over, and thus increasing your floor’s usable space.

The Klaffi shelf comes in black, natural wood, or white finishes, and measure only a few inches deep when folded up.  I’m not sure if they’re available in the US, but you can buy them in Europe for €310 – €500 each.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."