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I’m at the age where most of my friends are having babies. It seems like every day my husband and I remember another friend who is pregnant with her first child. We are not close to such a point in our lives. We drive a two-person car, live in a one-bedroom condo, and we both work full-time while he is studying in grad school for the next 2-3 years. Starting a family is simply not on our list of things to do right now. However, that doesn’t stop our friends from constantly saying to us

You’ll see. You’ll decide to have kids and you will have to move to the suburbs like us so you can buy a big four bedroom house with a yard and a big SUV.

What I guess they don’t realize is how common it is to raise a family in the city. There are so many unique homes downtown that even if you are in a high-rise you might have something like a yard, or a terrace. At any rate there is always a public park just a short walk away and then there’s the big front yard we share, called Grant Park.

Most young families live in smaller homes than our suburban counterparts, but is it really a sacrifice of space? There are many solutions for city dwellers to have a full and comfortable home in a smaller footprint.

A simple room divider, like this from Target, can create a separate office space (or crib area) in a living room.

Then there are the many variations of convertible furniture. Everyone knows the classics, nesting tables, sofa beds, and trunks, but as time goes on even more clever designs come to market. Below are some of my favorites, some of which I expect may be very handy as my husband and I continue our lives downtown.

This pool table converts to a dining table and has an optional lift system to make it the perfect hight for either activity.

This pool table converts to a dining table and has an optional lift system to make it the perfect hight for either activity. -Fusion Table by Aramith

Unfortunately I’m not sure where this came from, but wouldn’t it be great in a studio apartment?

This would have been useful for my sister a few weeks ago when her baby graduated to a toddler bed before she had one.

This table from Dwell is great for anyone with a small living/dining room combo.

This murphy bed by Clei keeps the desk level as it folds down so you can leave your work in place.

This murphy bed by Clei keeps the desk level as it folds down so you can leave your work in place.


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