Best Living Room Storage: The Ultimate Guide • April 22, 2020
20 Best Storage For Living Room That Can Never Be Missed
Written by: Tabinda Mustershad
From ottoman benches, floating shelves and storage baskets, here 20 cool storage ideas are real stunners in your living room!
We have all been through a storage catastrophe at some point in our lives. Piles of clothes hanging around in the living room, blankets that need to be folded and put in place, chairs used as storage spaces, we have all been there. And we all know why that happens: lack of storage furniture, right? But then again, how much storage space can you manage in a bedroom? The solution to this is very simple. When you run out of places in the bedroom, look for more storage for the living room.
Think about it, your living room is one of the biggest rooms in the house and can handle a lot of little storage spaces here and there, like blanket storage, drawers, storage cabinets with doors and lots of other creative storage furniture. You can put away all the items in the house that lack a proper spot allocated to them, like throws, your kids’ toys, fancy rugs, and whatnot!
That sounds pretty simple, right?
And to make the choices easier for you, here is a list of appropriate and suitable storage items for your living room that can be easily displayed and adjusted without punching a big hole in your wallet.
20 Best Storage For Living Rooms
One of the cleverest pieces of storage furniture is an Ottoman Bench. These benches have a hidden storage space under their seat, which you can lift up and put back as you please. They also come in various forms other than benches, like individual seats and footrests. You can get these in various sizes and designs according to your individual space and budget. You can even opt for your favorite colors and textures. Not only are they charming and comfortable, but they also make a great hidden spot for you to put your extra stuff away.
Another architectural masterpiece is a cube shelf. These are absolute genius ways of not only adding storage to your living room but also making it look aesthetic. You can use it as a display corner for some of your precious items like trophies, souvenirs, and family pictures or even as a spot for book storage, whatever you please. You can even add a small door to some of the cubes and turn them into small storage cabinets with doors for efficient blanket storage. They come in a variety of sizes, colors, and designs.
Adding storage cabinets with doors to your living room may sometimes be a tricky business, but if you put your creativity and aesthetic sense to good use, they can be the best storage furniture you can possibly think of. They have a huge amount of storage space with an added factor of privacy and security. They come in tons of sizes and designs so you can choose whatever suits your requirements. Living room cabinets can sometimes be a little pricey so you might want to spend some extra time looking around for the one that fulfills your needs but also doesn’t cost you a lot.
Bet you didn’t think a bookcase would be on the list, right? But tell you what, these can be used for more than just books. You can use a bookcase as efficient storage for the living room by using it to put away your extra stuff in it. Your throws, your crockery that is too fancy for the kitchen cabinets and your decorative ornaments that don’t have a good spot to be put on. Also, they come in a whole lot of varieties so there are a ton of options you can choose from.
Your coffee table can be a very good piece of storage furniture if chosen wisely and creatively. Innovative coffee tables have a good amount of space for you to put away your newspapers, CDs and remotes, etc. Out of the many, many options available, you can choose a table that has either small drawers or just a tier underneath that can serve as storage for the living room. Just make sure you choose the right one according to your space and budget because these are relatively harder to return or replace.
If you have an aesthetic sense of a vintage-vibe-lover, you are going to love this idea. Chests and trunks not only look beautiful sitting elegantly in your living room, but they also have a ton of storage space and can be great for blanket storage and throwing your off-season clothes out of the way. They come in different sizes: big, small, wide, long, whatever you may imagine! Find one according to your particular needs and get that extra stuff in your living room organized.
These may or may not be the most aesthetic storage for the living room, true, however, if placed appropriately, they can be very practical. You can either search a little harder to find pretty baskets that you can put around the space, or you can place them under your couch or inside a living room cabinet to make your stuff more organized.
They are big enough to hold your extra things that don’t have a proper spot in the house and they are small enough to be hidden away. Practical and genius, right?
Drawers are a work of art when it comes to storage furniture. They look aesthetic and bring lots of extra space into your room. They are versatile and can be used as pretty much anything: blanket storage, newspaper storage and even storage for your extra makeup. They come in countless styles, shapes, colors, and sizes and it is always hard to choose just one. Here is a tip: narrow down your options on the basis of your budget and space and order the one you like best.
Just like storage bins and boxes, these can be a little hard to adjust because, no matter how handy they are as storage for the living room, they don’t always look the best and go with your interior design or theme. However, similar to storage boxes, you can hide these away in a corner next to a big, indoor plant or behind a couch. Just make sure you choose either the right design to display or the right size to be hidden when you are looking for one.
Another creative way to adjust your extra stuff in your living room is to own a TV stand that has storage space, in the form of either drawers or shelves. There are numerous options you can choose from to pick out the size, shape, and space that you need. You can choose one with shelves to display your CDs and trophies or find one with drawers to hide away your extra stationary or newspapers. However, these can be pretty expensive so make sure you choose one that fits your requirements and makes the investment intelligently.
Side tables next to your beds and couches are a common sight, but they are much underrated. These small “tables” have a lot of storage space in them. They have drawers, tiers and a whole bunch of sections where you can store things that are mostly just lying around the living room. Your remotes, your extra magazines, your phone diary, they can all be put away in your side tables. Just make sure it’s the right size and goes with your couch while you decide which one to get.
Storage towers are really tall living room cabinets. They look elegant standing next to a wall or on both sides of your TV or your window. Clearly, they are very versatile in terms of display. However, not only are they beautiful pieces of furniture, but they are also a very practical place of storage for living rooms. You can choose one that has lots of small sections, cubes or drawers. They are a great way to put away your souvenirs, trophies, plants and even books while effectively displaying them.
Just like side tables, you can also add a small cart next to your couch. These are just as beautiful and practical as a side table with the added facility of being portable. They have multiple tiers that can hold lots of your items like folded rugs, magazines and plants. There are vintage carts, wooden carts, metal carts and you can choose your favorite from a whole bunch of options online. They add an instant classy effect to your living space. All this and they are easy on the pocket too.
Similar to the concept of ottoman benches and chairs, some foldable couches too have extra storage space. They could have either empty space under their cushions or drawers under them. You can store your extra shoes, throws, and wires lying around the house in these compartments and clean up your space while organizing your things. Plus, these are hidden storage spots so you can hide away all your mess and so no one will ever know! Just sell your old couch and get a new one that is more multi-functional.
Magazine storing racks are a great way to get those extra newspapers, files, and magazines out of the way. But that’s not all they can be used for. You can put away your remotes or room fresheners in these little holders and tug them away or put them next to your couch or TV stand. As a bonus, you can find these in many designs and colors as well as textures and materials, like jute, cardboard, metal, plastic, and whatnot! So much and they are pretty inexpensive, too.
Another creative, yet chic, addition to your living room can be a rotating rack. These come in small and large sizes so you can either put it next to your couch or set them next to your window. You can arrange your plants or CDs in there but that’s not the limit. Be creative and set it up as you like. They have lots and lots of storage and don’t take up a lot of space. You can get them in the color you want and whatever material you want.
The easiest, most simple way of adding more storage space to your living room is placing hooks. They are so versatile that you can use them in a bunch of places to store tons of things. You can place hooks on your walls, inside your cabinets, and behind your curtains. You can store keys, cleaning equipment, and wires, etc. These are pretty inexpensive too so you can purchase a bunch of these and put them wherever you want a little corner to store something. Easy, peasy, right?
Another easy way to add storage via hooks is to attach wall racks to them. These are small racks that can be hung on your walls (or inside your cabinets) and are used to store items that are lying around your room. Remotes, keys, and CDs are the most common things that are stored in these but you can use your imagination and go wild! (Just don’t go too wild because there is a limit to the weight they can hold.) These two are pretty cheap so you can get as many as you want.
These have a similar concept to wall racks but are a little different in terms of appearance and versatility. They are a bit bigger than wall racks and need more space to be hung. However, they can hold more weight and number of items in them. You can get these in different colors, textures, and materials depending on where you want to hang them and what you want to put in them. The easiest way to display them is in the form of layers and tiers.
Last but definitely not the least, floating shelves are single shelves that are hung from the wall. Floating shelves provide one of the classiest ways to create storage for living rooms. You can get these in different shapes and sizes according to your particular space and needs. You can have them aligned in tiers or side by side to create the kind of effect you want. You can store plants, blankets, and books on them. Just make sure you don’t stock up heavy things on it as that can tend to be risky for some materials.
We hope these ideas inspire you to change things up in your living room!