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If you’re longing for more storage space in your home, you don’t have to resign yourself to buying a few utilitarian plastic storage bins to shove into the back corner of your basement. What you need is to get creative with your space.
Make the most of your space with these furniture and décor pieces that come with storage built in.
If you’re short on space, make sure every item you own is earning its space. That means cutting down on single-purpose items. Even your décor can do double duty.
If you want to optimize your storage while keeping a cozy space, an ottoman with room for storage is a great place to start. They’re perfect for storing extra throw blankets and quilts so they aren’t cluttering up your living room when not in use.
Storage Ottoman $149
Artsy wall décor can bring a room together, but it often doesn’t really serve a purpose beyond that. At the same time, shelves are a great way to make the most of your wall space but can sometimes be a bit boring. A chic geometric shelf that plays with different shapes and unexpected lines will look like a piece of art while providing a designated spot for the random knick-knacks, books, candles and other items you have lying around.
Mirrors are great décor items that also serve a purpose. To pack on even more practicality, consider getting a mirror that has storage space built into it.
This mirror has a shelf that pulls out to reveal hidden storage that perfectly fits smaller vanity items, like a hairbrush.
Round Mirror $148
Storage doesn’t have to be boring or simple. Utilizing your space in an unexpected way, whether it be a cleverly hidden compartment or an item that ordinarily wouldn’t be used to hang things, can be a fun and useful way to add character to a room. Here are some of our favorite ideas.
Bench with Hidden Compartments
A bench like this is perfect for an entryway area. It not only provides a place to sit and put on shoes when you’re heading out but also a place to neatly store them when you aren’t wearing them. Plus, it has a handy little hidden compartment under both seats.
Hidden compartments in furniture like this bench can be a great place to store smaller things you need to keep nearby but might not want sitting out in plain sight. In the winter, it’s also a convenient spot for smaller outerwear items like gloves and hats.
If you’re someone who never seems to have enough places to hang things, you might need to start thinking outside the box.
Stick this full-length mirror in your bedroom and use the ladder back to display your frequently used accessories, like scarves. Or use it as a decorative piece in your living room and use the rungs to hang folded throw blankets when they aren’t in use.
Unlike the usual under-the-bed storage where you shove a couple of stuffed plastic bins under your bed and hope you never have to dig through them to get something you need, drawer storage built into the underside or your bed is discreet and convenient, and it looks a lot nicer if anyone happens to be checking out your bed from that angle.
Think about ways you could be bringing in storage to substitute your furniture that isn’t providing any practical value to your rooms (like an end table that, while stylish, doesn’t have any shelves or drawers).
It’s not so much furniture that doubles as storage, but storage that doubles as furniture.
Instead of opting for a regular nightstand with barely enough surface area to hold your lamp, opt for a statement dresser with some shelves or drawers that will add as much aesthetic value as it does storage space.
Three-Drawer Dresser $998
Coffee Table of Drawers
Instead of a coffee table that has built-in storage, what about one that is essentially made up of storage? The “table” part of this coffee table is actually made up of four drawers that, when pushed in, provide one cohesive coffee table surface.
No more losing the remote control; simply stick it in one of the table’s ample drawers. It’s stylish and functional.
Furniture That Doubles as More Furniture
Nothing is better than a two-for-one deal. From sleeper sofas to trundle beds, there are plenty of ways to find furniture that offers double the comfort while taking up half the space.
End Table Fit for a Dog
Love your pet and want to make sure they have everything they need, but hate that none of their stuff matches your design scheme? Get pet supplies that blend in seamlessly with your décor, like this crate that also works as a classy end table. Your pooch will be sleeping in style.
If you frequently have a lot of overnight guests, you might be familiar with the struggle of finding a place for everyone to sleep comfortably for the night. It can be tricky to accommodate everyone while keeping your living space from becoming cluttered.
A daybed with a trundle bed that pulls out from underneath can solve that problem without taking up any additional space in your home. Pull out the trundle and make up both beds. When you’re done, push the trundle back under the daybed.
Coffee Table Ottoman
A beautiful tufted ottoman with storage space and a sturdy enough surface to display typical coffee table items like magazines or decorative trays is the ultimate multipurpose object for your living room. This one has hidden storage within the ottoman for blankets or throw pillows plus a lower shelf for books or woven storage bins.
Storage Ottoman $217
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