On the case

Instant coffee might not be your style, but how about an instant coffee table? When not in use, it folds itself into a case that's 18 inches wide, 14 inches high and 4¾ inches deep. When opened, the case coffee table is 28 inches wide, 18 inches deep and 18½ inches high. The handcrafted birch wood table has locking hinges and, while fairly lightweight, can hold up to 100 pounds. Available from www.spiderlegs.com, or www.tinyliving.com, a seller of goods useful for smaller spaces. The coffee table is $169 to $179, depending on retailer. An "everyday line" Alamo wood version sells for $129; folding dining tables (starting at $249) or game tables are also available from Spiderlegs, where you can choose from a list of several available stain finishes or place a custom order.


Take your drinks neat?

Crate & Barrel's Steamer Bar cabinet ($999) is both a space saver and a face saver. It takes up less space when folded and when your teetotaler grandma comes to visit, the spirits are safely out of sight behind closed doors, or even rolled out of the way on its concealed casters. When open, it folds out to a full 72-inch bar with pull-out racks for up to 30 wine glasses, a wine rack and a removable serving tray for passing drinks. When not in use, it folds down to 37½ inches wide, 21½ inches deep and 42 inches high. Made of ash solids and veneers. Available through www.crateandbarrel.com and select stores.