Take a table with a cruddy top and just put stained boards over top. >>> Would be great for a cheap table set at a yard sale or Goodwill type place. scratches etc, cheap. good for first apartment to the youngin's
Staircases take up a lot of space, so why not use them for storage as well. Imagine each step is a box with a hidden drawer in it still allowing for additional storage or home office space beneath the staircase.