You probably spend a lot of time in your living room. And, it’s most likely the most communal area in your home, too. It’s only understandable if you want to keep it beautiful and clutter-free so you can truly enjoy the space by yourself or with your family and friends.
So, how can you keep your living room organized? There are many ways to achieve this, but we narrowed it down for you. We handpicked living room storage ideas that are easy enough for any homeowner to follow.
Living Room Storage: Stylish Pieces to Hide the Clutter
Your living room is like the display window of your home. So, you might prefer storage that is not only functional but stylish as well.
There are furniture pieces and décor items that do this job well – hide away items, at the same time, sit as pieces of art in your living room. Here are some of them:
1. Coffee Table with Drawers
A coffee table with drawers is great for storing small items like remote controls, coasters, even your iPad and other devices when not in use. Under the surface of the coffee table is enough space to stow away some essentials. So, choose one that offers storage, like a piece with drawers or at least an open shelf.
2. Bookcases and Floating Shelves
Installing bookshelves and floating shelves is the easiest way to maximize the space on your wall for storage. Not only do they provide a space for your special items, but they also make your living room more stylish. Arrange your things in a tasteful manner to make them shine like art pieces instead of just random décor items that are thrown on the shelf.
3. Side Tables
In addition to enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your living space, side tables can be storage saviors. These furniture pieces come in many styles, but choose one that has a deep drawer or one that doubles as a small cabinet. As side tables usually sit at each end of the sofa, they’re the perfect, easy-to-reach hiding places.
A ladder can definitely serve as storage, too. You can use it to hang the blankets and throws that you often use while you chill on your sofa.
The nice thing about using a ladder this way is that it can add an effortless chic (and cozy at the same time) vibe to your living room. If improvised further, it can even double as a bookshelf or coat rack.
5. Decorative Tray
If your coffee table lacks storage space for remote controls, candles, or coasters, you may always add a stylish tray. It keeps everything in one place, plus, it can add flare or a pop of color to a plain surface.
6. Magazine Holder
If you have no space for bookcases, perhaps you can organize your things with a magazine holder. This idea right here requires more creativity from you, but believe it or not, magazine holders are versatile organizers.
Depending on the style, they can hold just about anything, from magazines (obviously), books, and newspapers to house slippers and children’s toys.
7. Console table
Ideally, a console table is placed against the wall, mainly as a decorative piece that houses other decors such as picture frames, candles, and vases. It can stand as a focal piece in the hallway or as a filler for the empty area behind the couch.
However, consoles are very versatile pieces of furniture and can even double as storage. They come in many designs, and some have drawers or at least a bottom shelf. Choose a console that can provide additional storage. You can style it so it can still serve as a design piece, then throw in some wicker baskets beneath it for even more storage.
If you want to learn more about this versatile piece of furniture, check out this article, 6 Ways to Use A Console Table.
Practical Tips: Making Room for Living Room Storage
So far, we’ve shared seven items that you can use for storage in your living room. But we also have practical tips that may further help you.
Try to use Multifunctional Furniture
There are many furniture pieces out there that serve more than one purpose – lift-top coffee tables, storage benches, console bookcases, and the list goes on.
With dual-purpose pieces, you can style your living room as you see fit and not worry too much about making room for storage
Make the Most Out of Irregular Corners
Alcoves, bay windows, and the irregular corners of what is otherwise a conventional room make good spaces for storage.
For example, you can install hanging shelves in the alcove so that the edges won’t have to jut out from the wall. You can also close off an irregular corner and turn it into a closet, or simply use it as a nook to pile storage baskets.
Measure Before You Buy
Always measure the things that you bring into your living room, may they be furniture, appliances, or décor. That’s about the only way you can ensure that you have space for them, or if the storage spaces you currently have can accommodate them.
Sometimes, no matter how much you measure the space and the furniture you want to have, you can’t just find pieces in the right size. This can happen if your room has an irregular shape, and it can be challenging. To maximize every inch of space that you have, you might want to consider customizing furniture.
We offer customized furniture here at T.Y. Fine Furniture, just contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
We hope that our tips can help you out. If you need furniture pieces that truly fit your needs, don’t hesitate to reach out. We can customize furniture for you.
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