These nifty pieces, perfect for tight spots, have tricks up their sleeves. They double as work stations or snack tables and as innocent-looking, highly presentable furniture.

1) Hinged leaves at the ends of the Moooi Two Tops oak table oak table open to reveal laptop-ready desk space with grommets for organizing cords; $5,010 to $5,727, at Haute Living, 222 W. Kinzie St., 312-329-9000;


2) The writing-table part of the 3030 Desk by Hannes Wettstein can be swiveled into several positions. Available in gray oak, dark oak, wenge, and walnut, $4,799, at Orange Skin, 223 W. Erie St., 312-335-1033;


3) Walnut, glass, and chrome Occa coffee table has two panels that swing up and out, perfect for eating on the couch, starting at $999, at BoConcept, 1901 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-388-2900;