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We think objects should earn the space they take up in our homes by performing multiple functions.
One place to find such multitaskers is Home Decorators Collection, which is now taking an extra 20% off outlet items. (Discount applies in cart.) All orders receive free shipping, so there's no reason not to take advantage of this sale before it ends March 13.
To get you started, here are nine pieces that can all do more than one job in your home.
Home Decorators Collection Reilly Activity Table for $66.39 in cart ($73 off)
This low table features cubbies on the sides, so you can use it as a craft station, a coloring/LEGO spot in a kids' playroom, or a coffee table where you can display books or knick-knacks along the edges. What can't you do with it?
Home Decorators Collection Brighton Cove Ottomans 2-Pack for $127.99 in cart (a low by $271)
These large, cushioned ottomans double as footrests and extra individual seating. (Tip: a good host allows their guests to sit in the real chairs and takes the ottoman for themself.)
Home Decorators Collection Avery 6-Cube Mobile Cart for $167.19 in cart (a low by $132)
Since it rolls, you can move this cart from room to room as needed. It'll hold your utensils and provide a little extra prep space in the kitchen, or you can stash hobby materials in the cubes.
Home Decorators Collection Honeycomb Accent Table for $94.39 in cart (a low by $75)
This shiny table is interesting enough to work as a mere decorative sculpture, but it's also a handy location for your drinks and snacks when you're on the couch. It's even designed to survive outside use, which gives your patio game a major boost.
Home Decorators Collection Evans Bookcase for $287.19 in cart ($612 off)
It's no secret that bookcases can be used to store and display non-book items like photos, collectibles, and decorative trinkets. This one's industrial design makes it especially versatile — it's a perfect open pantry if your cereal and canned goods are overflowing from your cabinets.
Martha Stewart Living Storage Bench for $40.79 in cart ($32 off)
Beat back the chaos in your entryway by creating a designated drop zone for shoes, bags, and all the other stuff that seems to spawn there. Bonus: Whoever's ready to leave first can have a seat while waiting for the rest of the family.
Home Decorators Collection Emerson Wall Mirror for $31.99 in cart ($57 off)
A mirror is an excellent decor piece because it reflects light and brightens your space. It's also nice to have a last-minute spot to check makeup, or even an alternative place to apply lipstick if the bathroom is occupied.
Home Decorators Collection 16-Compartment Apothecary Cubby for $80.79 in cart (a low by $63)
Let's put aside the question of whether this piece is distantly related to Phoebe's apothecary table and focus on its uses. It's ideal for sorting spices in the kitchen, or for corralling pens, paper clips, and other office supplies in your work zone.
Home Decorators Collection Flynn Baskets 2-Pack for $33.59 in cart ($135 off)
Rare is the home that doesn't need more attractive storage containers. These baskets will work for blankets, towels, toys... truly, the only limit is your imagination. They can be placed in as prominent or as discreet a location as you desire.
Readers, what's your favorite multi-use piece? Will you be picking up anything from the Home Decorators Collection outlet sale? Let us know in the comments!