Storage. It’s something we all need—and something most of us never seem to have enough of. In fact, home storage solutions are actually one of our most requested features from Modsy customers! For those who have plenty of closets or a basement or garage where you can store stuff, this isn’t much of a problem. But for those of us who don’t have those features in our home, we have to get creative!
However, there are many ways to use design to your advantage and use it to help increase your storage space and make the most of the space you do have. And we’re not just talking about buying furniture that gives you extra storage. (Though that can help.) We’re also talking about hidden storage ideas and other practical organizational solutions that will make your life easier, help you stay organized, and make your home more beautiful.
If you’re wondering how to create more storage space in your home, we’re here to help you figure out how to choose storage furniture for your needs. We’ve rounded up our best clever storage ideas for every room in your house!
Storage Solutions for Your Entryway
If you have a large entryway area or foyer, make the most of the space by lining the wall with useful pieces. This is a great place for a console with drawers, giving you both hidden storage and surface space for decor and organization. And we love the style above that has a lower shelf—perfect for shoe storage!
If you have a longer space, like a hallway or pass-through space, you could also add a bench, and hang some wall hooks for additional storage. And, while not a storage solution, adding a runner will help give this set-up a more intentional look instead of it being a hodge-podge of furniture and objects! By putting wall space to work, you can make the most of a space that would otherwise go unused.
Storage benches are perfect home storage solutions for any space. They’re great in entryways, as pictured above, for stowing outdoor gear, bags, and extra shoes while also giving you a place to sit. In an entryway, it’s particularly nice to pair them with a coat rack and mirror. But they’re also great in living rooms, hallways, and bedrooms!
Wherever you place a storage bench, it gives you an easy, out-of-sight place to put clutter—which is great for busy households with kids. Instead of stressing about things looking cluttered, you can just stash them away in a storage bench!
Wall Hooks or Coat Racks
Wall hooks and coat rocks are a great way to utilize open walls for extra storage. If you have a few feet of wall space, even if it’s behind a door, you can easily hang a few hooks—helping get your bags off the floor and your coats off chairs. Wall hooks are a simple and inexpensive way to add minimalist storage to your entry.
If you have the wall and floor space available, you could upgrade to a coat rack. This is an especially great storage solution if you don’t have a coat closet by your front door, as they give you a place to hang coats, guest items, purses, and umbrellas. Coat racks can be minimal in design and footprint, or they can be rather large—so you can easily find one to fit your space and style. Just be sure you don’t have too much on your coat rack, or it might start looking cluttered and become an eyesore.
Both of these options are very practical for busy individuals who just need to grab something on the way out of the door.
One of our favorite home storage solutions is utilizing baskets as storage containers. Baskets can be used anywhere in your home—but never are they more important than in an entryway, where additional storage is always welcome. Large baskets can easily be moved around to where you need them most and are a great place to stash items and keep your home looking sleek.
Some favorite basket storage ideas for homes with kids? In your entryway, assign a basket to each kid and they’ll always know where to put their stuff when they get home! Baskets can also help make use of the “dead space” underneath an entryway bench.
Read Next: Discover all of the entryway essentials in our entryway buying guide
Storage Solutions for Your Living Room
When it comes to storage and organization, media consoles are at the top of our living room checklist. Why? These versatile furniture pieces can be used for so many things. Naturally, they can house your TV, stereo, and other electronics. Since media consoles generally have cutouts for cords, they help keep things organized and seamless when it comes to electronics!
But if you prefer not to have a television in your main living area, media consoles can just as easily be used for decor and books, like in the image above. These pieces typically have a mix of open and concealed storage as well, for added versatility.
Storage Coffee Table
If you have a small living room that doesn’t have space for additional storage, then you definitely need to consider a storage coffee table. This piece of furniture gives you a place to stash extra blankets, remotes, magazines—whatever you want close at hand but out of sight! And it’s also perfect for cleaning up clutter in a pinch when someone stops by unannounced!
We love the option featured in the design above because it doesn’t look like a storage piece but is seriously so practical for a small living room. Plus, the lid pops off, so you can put a bowl or tray on top of the coffee table and easily remove the lid without upsetting all of the decor. But, if you don’t like a drum table style, you could also go with a storage coffee table that has drawers, a pop-up top, or even just a traditional coffee table with two tiers so you can use the bottom shelf for storage. All in all, it’s one of our favorite storage ideas for small spaces.
When square footage is at a premium, we’re big believers in utilizing the height of your room and making the most of vertical space. That’s where wall-mounted shelves come in. They have a slimmer, lower profile than traditional bookcases or credenzas—so, overall take up less space—but still offer a ton of shelf space for storage.
With open shelving like this, you can still have hidden storage by placing baskets or organizational boxes on some of the shelves. This is a great option for an office or for living room storage ideas. In fact, the desk and shelf combo, pictured above, is perfect for if you don’t have space for a separate office but still need a space for working from home.
Credenza or Sideboard
Have a little space to spare? You can’t go wrong with a console table or credenza along an empty wall. These low-maintenance furniture pieces offer tons of storage—and if you get one with doors and drawers, you can simply hide away what’s stored inside! No need to worry about maintaining it and keeping it looking good like you would for an open or glass-front shelving unit.
Similar to a storage coffee table, storage ottomans are practical pieces that can act as a coffee table or extra seating while offering hidden storage. Generally, storage ottomans have lift-tops that reveal interior storage. This makes them great for items like toys, blankets, and books. And, with their upholstered exteriors, they’re both kid-friendly and stylish. Since storage ottomans come in so many shapes, upholstery options, and styles, they’re a great addition to any home.
Have you ever heard of a storage sofa? These multipurpose pieces act as comfy places to sit, lounge, and nap—but they also provide storage. These types of sofas either have drawers under the seat cushions, or cushions that lift up to reveal a storage cavity. But you’d never know these sofas were pulling double duty to look at them! They’re great for small spaces, like studio apartments and guest rooms, and their storage cavities are a perfect place for extra throw blankets or bed linens, media items, or even books.
Room With Divider Shelves
For those in studio apartments, where storage tends to be minimal and you don’t have the benefit of as much wall space, we love the idea of using a room divider with built-in shelves. Not only does this help add more distinct zones to your space, but by opting for one with built-in shelves, you’re adding surface space for books, decor, baskets, and more. We love pieces that offer double-duty practicality.
This is also a great option for homes with open living and dining rooms, or as a way to section off a play area or office within a living room. For everyone who’s working at home right now and doesn’t have a separate office, this is a perfect way to create that separation of work and living space. If a room divider isn’t quite your style, a great alternative would be open-back bookcases floating in the middle of the room, which can still help create some distinct zones within a space.
Side Tables With Drawers
Side tables are a practical and stylish storage furniture piece for your living room. Their surfaces can be used for lamps and decor, but when you choose a side table with drawers, you can also store things inside. Unlike a credenza or media console, these pieces don’t need to take center stage in your living room design—typically you’ll just tuck them beside a sofa or armchair. But they’re great for storing pens and notepads, remotes, coasters, and card games.
Closed-door cabinets offer a lot of storage for your living room. They’re great for larger items like board games, blankets, toys, and books. Cabinets are a convenient way to keep these items in your living space without having to see them, because of the doors. However, you can also opt for a glass-doored cabinet as a way to display decorative items or collections (while minimizing how often you have to dust those items!).
Storage Solutions for Your Bedroom
Nightstands and Dressers
Most bedrooms have at least two pieces of bedroom storage furniture in the form of a nightstand and dresser—but, depending on your needs and the size of your bedroom, you might have more or less. If you have a bed that’s a double or larger, you may want a nightstand on each side of the bed. Or, if you have a smaller room, you can swap out a nightstand for a chest of drawers or dresser to give you a two-in-one piece. Either way, a nightstand with drawers is the best way to maximize storage space in your bedroom. And the surface gives you a place for a lamp, books, a glass of water, your phone, and whatever else you like to keep nearby!
Whether you’re looking to use a dresser as a nightstand to maximize a small bedroom or you have space for both a bedside table and dresser, you’ll want to find a dresser that suits your needs, your space, and your style. Check out our dresser buying guide to find the right dresser for you.
Wall-Mounted Storage Shelves
We love the idea of using floating wall shelves with cubbies for additional storage. Using this style, like the one pictured above, means you not only have the top shelf space for storage and display, but you can also use the inside cubby for storage! (Whereas, with a traditional floating shelf, you mainly just have space for decoration.)
Wall-mounted storage shelves are a great storage solution for small bedrooms that don’t have a ton of space, giving you extra surface space for books, cosmetics, personal objects, or even baskets for stowing socks or accessories! And, since they’re floating shelves rather than a standing bookshelf, you don’t have to worry about them taking up any precious floor space.
If you’ve read our bedroom checklist, you’ll know that clothing storage is pretty essential. But if your bedroom doesn’t have a closet (or if the closet you have just doesn’t offer enough storage space) consider a wardrobe or armoire. This furniture piece is like a freestanding closet that offers tons of storage for clothes and more. With drawers, and a mix of furniture rod and shelves, think of this as an all-in-one storage piece for your bedroom. A piece like this can be used in all types of bedrooms—from nurseries and kids bedrooms to guest rooms and master suites. But they’re definitely substantial pieces of furniture, so must make sure you have space for it without making your bedroom feel totally cramped!
Utilize the space under your bed by incorporating some baskets and bins. The space under a bed is typically unused—but in a small bedroom, you can’t afford to waste any space! Getting low-profile baskets is a great storage option for kids bedrooms, dorm rooms, and other small spaces. We like using underbed bins for storing seasonal clothes, books, extra linens, or kids toys, depending on your need!
A clothing rack is a great way to add extra hanging space to your bedroom. Like an open closet, clothing racks are great for styling outfits and keeping a few favorite items close-at-hand. But they’re also a great option for small bedrooms that don’t have closets. (In general, they’re more affordable and take up less space than a wardrobe.) But if you’re going to go this route, just make sure you’re an organized person, as clothing racks can quickly become eyesores if they’re not kept in order!
Platform Storage Bed
Want to get serious about underbed storage? A platform bed with deep drawers gives you tons of functional storage space. Platform storage beds can easily replace your dresser if you want to reduce the number of furniture pieces in your bedroom. But these spacious drawers can also hold bulky items like comforters, pillows, and big coats—making them a great alternative to hall closets for those who lack closet space! This style of bed is great for kids rooms too; the floor-level drawers allow kids to access their items without needing to reach for dresser drawers (a great safety solution for kids that are climbers!).
Storage Solutions for Your Dining Room
Keep beverage and bar accessories organized in a stylish and easily accessible way with a bar cart. They offer a stylish storage solution that allows you to show off your bottle and drinkware collection. Of course, they don’t just have to be for bar supplies! They can also be used for plants, books, or even dinnerware. Bar carts are versatile pieces—and most come on wheels, so they can be moved around when needed. They’re perfect for when you have company over!
Prefer keeping your bar supplies out of sight? Consider a bar cabinet. They’re used to store alcohol and bar tools, and many also have built-in holders to house glassware as well. For those who have kids and pets, bar cabinets are a great alternative to bar carts, giving you a way to keep fragile glassware and bottles away from kids and pets. These jaunty little cabinets are versatile, too—not only can they be used for drinks in a dining room, but they can also be used in living rooms or entryways to house any items you want to stash out of sight! (They’re perfect alternatives to credenzas or media cabinets in small living rooms.)
Once you have a dining table and chairs in place, a buffet is a great item to check off your dining room furniture checklist. Buffets are an ideal storage solution for larger dining rooms. Their surfaces are the perfect place to lay out food when hosting dinner parties, while their closed cabinets offer easy access to fine china or formal dinnerware, table linens, or even records if you like playing your record player during dinner! You can fit so much in a storage buffet while keeping your dining room clutter-free. Storage buffets and dining room credenzas tend to be pricey—but they’re a functional investment that will last for years.
A dresser in your dining room?? It’s not as crazy as it sounds. A lowboy dresser can function similarly to a buffet, but instead of cabinet doors they instead offer lots of drawers. Dressers usually have deeper storage compartments than credenzas, so you can potentially store more within the drawers. And drawers tend to involve less stacking than cabinet shelves—keeping items like serving trays safer. Like a buffet, the top of a dresser can be used as a bar, serving station, or display surface.
A hutch is a large storage piece that offers a lot of vertical storage space. With both open shelving and closet cabinets or drawers, you get all the storage space of a buffet or dresser, and then some. The open shelves are a perfect place to display plates, bowls, or a teacup collection, while the bottom can be used to store linens and serving pieces.
Check out our guide to dining room storage for even more ways to incorporate storage into your dining room, big or small!
Storage Solutions for Your Home Office
A must-have according to our home office checklist? A good filing cabinet. It’s one of the most functional and necessary items in a home office to help you stay organized and on track. They’re especially good for those with a lot of files and paperwork to organize—whether that’s personal files, business paperwork, or a mix of both. If you don’t fill it up with files, these pieces can also be used as a way to organize electronics and office supplies. We recommend buying on with wheels, which makes them easier to move around!
Open bookcases are a staple for home offices. They’re the perfect place to store everything from your paper files and printer to books and decorative items. And they’re space-savers in small home offices, since they use more vertical space than horizontal. And they’re the type of piece that can be used in just about any room of the house—so they’re easy to repurpose if you ever move or want to redecorate.
Floating shelves are a great way to store smaller items in your home office, especially if your desk doesn’t have much storage. They’re not just good for decorative objects, but they’re also good for making everyday items easily accessible. In a home office, we like hanging them above a desk (or on the wall behind a floating desk). Since they use wall space rather than floor space, floating shelves help you maximize storage, even in the tiniest of home offices.
Small Organizational Items
Coral small office supplies and clutter with small organizational items like boxes, bins, trays, bowls, and hanging baskets. They look stylish and can blend in with your home office decor while still serving a purpose. This is a great way to squeeze in some storage on open surfaces!
Built-Ins (With or Without a Desk)
Built-in cabinets are an extensive (and permanent) storage solution for a home office. They’re great for spaces you know you’ll stay in for a very long time, as they provide a ton of storage space. And if you opt for a built-in with a (wait for it) built-in desk, you can get two pieces of furniture in one! With or without a desk, built-in cabinets can provide stable storage, both hidden and open, for office supplies, files, and books.
Ready to put some home storage solutions to work in your space?
This post was updated April 9, 2021