Flexible furniture and must-have homeware for first-time buyers:25 ideas for small spaces and colourful homes

Space-starved first-time buyers need well-designed, affordable furniture that will squeeze through narrow doorways, take up minimum room and look smart for years...

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From folding chairs to dual-purpose accessories and moveable tables, everything is shrinking, flexing and folding. Here’s a few pieces from our autumn round-up:

1. Macadam folding table set

This metal dining set is perfect for small spaces. The folding white metal chairs cost £10 each, the Drew two-place bamboo-and-white lacquer folding dining table is £50 and the Aerial yellow metal ceiling light is £35, all from Habitat.

Habitat, Buy it now


2. Kvistbro storage bin

This wire storage bin comes with a lid, doubling as a small table.

Ikea, £25, Buy it now


3. Römskog storage box

This rattan storage box, £39 from Ikea, is surprisingly good-looking for something you’ll keep hidden under the bed!

Ikea, £39, Buy it now


4. Noa dinnerware

Available in tonal grey and warm yellow, this 12-piece earthenware set mixes urban neutrals with a pop of Scandi brightness.

Made, £69, Buy it now


5. Fyresdal bedside table

This black metal bedside table comes on castors so you can wheel it aside on a whim.

Ikea, £30, Buy it now


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