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Small Space Living: Making the most of the space you have

Those of you who have followed along from the beginning know that I have a love for space-saving, multi-functional pieces of furniture, so when Erla from Space Save reached out to me about a possible collaboration, I was stoked!

I got to meet the wonderful creator of these products and do some styling and photography as well. Which is a pretty awesome way to spend a morning in my book.

Anyway, back to the furniture. There are a few pieces in the growing collection, however today I am focusing on the space-saving wall desk. It comes with either a mirror or a blackboard and there are 2 sizes and 3 colours currently available in the range.

The first thing that I have to say is that I was impressed with the quality of the products. Made of quality, easy to clean melamine, I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw that I could probably use the desk as a seat as well – I am no lightweight and it was that sturdy!

Space Save SA Wall Desk folded out and set up for dining
A close up of the desk folded out; you can see the quality of melamine used to build these clever little masterpieces.

Secondly, it is relatively easy to install, just a few hinges and a hook is all that is needed:

Space Save SA Wall Desk - Installation
Measure and drill your holes; then fix the desk to the wall using the hinges provided.
Space Save SA Wall Desk - Installation
Clip to keep the desk packed away when not in use.

I decided to solve a few of the problems that I know that we all have these days with limited space, using the wall desk. This is what I came up with:

1.  Decor and dining

First up, I used the bigger variation of the table with the mirror to create a cute drop-zone set up. A few candles, a vase of fresh flowers with a space to keep your sunnies and keys on the way in or out is perfect for a small living space. Add a few chairs (stackables like these would be a great choice) and you have a space to hang jackets, scarves and bags. You will also have chairs for when it’s time to serve dinner 😉Space Save SA wall desk with mirror set up as drop zone

When you’re ready to dine, simply clear the items from the shelf, unhook it at the top and fold down to create a table. Put the candles and flowers back on the table, place the chairs for yourself and your guest and you are ready to go. As a finishing touch, you could even use one of the scarves you left hanging over the chair as a table runner, just to add a touch of that little something-something to your table setting!Space Save SA Wall Desk set up as dining table

2.  Bedroom and office

Alternatively, you could hang the same piece of furniture in your bedroom area. It can serve as both your makeup/get ready station (the mirror is certainly big enough for that!) as well are your office area for those days that you study or work from home. There is more than enough space for all the essentials 😊Space Save SA Wall desk set up as workstation

3.  Kids room

I’m sure that I am not the only one that has noticed that the size of our bedrooms is getting smaller and smaller, especially kid’s rooms! Some of them hardly have enough space for a bed and a side table. And good luck if you have kids sharing a space!

The smaller wall desk with the blackboard is perfect for creating a little arts and crafts corner in the room. Folded up, it’s a place for kids to draw and write, even play teacher-teacher (which my daughter still loves to play!).Space Save SA Wall Desk - Blackboard

Folded down, it’s a little arts and crafts table, where the kids and draw, paint and just be creative. When you’re done just wipe it down and fold it up; you’ll be good to go!Space Save SA Wall desk - Arts and Crafts Station

4.  Teenage crash pad

This piece will work just as well for your older kids. Folded up they can make notes of upcoming tests/projects/social events. Maybe even doodling their crushes name…. Do kids still do that? Or am I giving my age away here??Space Save SA Wall Desk - blackboard

Anyway, I digress. So – timetable when folded up and workstation/study station when folded down. Perfect for the smaller teenage hangout and study spot!Space Save SA Wall Desk - study spot


I hope that this blog post has helped you by giving you some options for your smaller spaces in your home. With a bit of out of the box thinking and some multi-functional furniture pieces, you can turn even the smallest little studio apartment into a well-thought out, well-designed home.

For more information, please check out Space Save SA on Facebook and Instagram. They have some new products coming out soon which I know that you are going to love just as much as these ones!

I would love it if you would let me know what you think – would something like this work for you? Leave a comment below and let’s chat!

Until next time,

Stacy - Sawdust and High Heels

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