Sofa: Because sectionals come in a wide array of configurations and sizes, they offer the most seating in the least amount of floor space. Choose a model with a detached ottoman you can move around the room if you wish.
Coffee Table: Skip the glass top or ottoman-style variety. Instead, choose a design that has drawers for stowing the remote control or a bottom shelf for keeping books, magazines and trays of daily necessities at easy reach. For a vintage look, opt for an antique trunk. You can store pillows and throws inside, and it can serve as extra seating when needed.
Side tables: Solid cabinet-front models offer the most storage: Use them to keep the intermittent entertaining piece out of a small kitchen or store board games and toys for the kids or pets.
Television unit: Rethink what you can lump into the entertainment center. With digital entertainment replacing DVD cases and books and TVs being mounted on walls, the entertainment center might be the perfect place to display a ceramics collection or decorative storage boxes filled with of household records or school supplies.