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Everything You Need to Know About Choosing Your Perfect Dresser

If you’ve read our bedroom furniture checklist, you know clothing storage is one of the most important considerations in a bedroom after a bed. After all, without proper clothing storage, your bedroom could easily go from a tranquil retreat to a disaster zone.

One of the most common types of clothing storage (after a closet, of course) is a dresser. This practical piece of furniture will provide a home for your folded clothing, and a surface on which you can place decorative items, photo frames, and trays to hold items like your jewelry or perfume.

But when it comes to how to choose a dresser, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There are so many different types of bedroom dressers, not to mention different styles! We often get Modsy customers asking, “What dresser should I get for my bedroom?” So, today we’re here to decode the dresser buying process!

How much do dressers cost?

But first: let’s talk about budgets. Because you don’t want to fall in love with a dresser you can’t afford! What exactly is a reasonable price for a dresser? Depending on the size, style, and material, bedroom dressers can range anywhere from $300 to $2,000. While that’s quite a range, that also means you can find a dresser on tight and limitless budgets alike!

Read on for some bedroom design ideas with our complete guide on how to choose the right dresser for your space!

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Consideration #1: Placement

It’s important to let dresser placement guide your decision-making process. So, consider where in your bedroom you want to place your dresser, as well as the overall size and constraints of your room.

Where can a dresser go? Against a wall is typical. But if you have a walk-in closet, you may want to stash it in there. In a small room, placing it next to your bed as a nightstand alternative might be the best option. Some people even opt to put a lower, wider dresser at the foot of the bed in lieu of a bench or trunk when they don’t have wall space to accommodate this piece of furniture. Others want to place their dresser beneath a window Identifying roughly where you’d like to place your dresser will help you determine what shape and size of bedroom dresser to buy.

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Consideration #2: Dresser Shape and Size

There are a number of different general sizes when it comes to dressers. What you choose depends on how much bedroom storage space you need and the size of your bedroom. So, think about how much clothing and other items you’d like to store in your dresser. This will help guide to figure out how many drawers you’ll need—whether a three or six-drawer dresser, or something in between. If you live with a partner, you’ll also want to consider if you’ll be sharing the dresser or if you’ll have separate clothing storage.

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Dresser Drawer Depth

Depth is another important consideration when thinking about shapes and sizes. And we’re talking about both the depth of the drawers and the overall depth of the dresser itself.

Whether or not you need deep drawers depends on what you plan to put inside of them. For example, if you like to fold and store your thick sweaters in a dresser, you’ll need deep and tall drawers. On the other hand, undergarments require less space and can be stored in shallow drawers.

But, beyond what you store inside them, you also need to go back to thinking about where in your room you’d like to place your dresser. A general rule of thumb is to have at least 42 inches of clearance between the front of your dresser and any other piece of furniture to give you ample walkway space, as well as the space to comfortably stand in front of your dresser, open drawers, and dig through them!

 

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Dresser Shapes

Once you have these answers nailed down, you can start considering dresser shapes. Below are the main dresser shapes and sizes to consider.

Standard Dressers

A standard horizontal dresser has six drawers and stands around waist height. Some have six equally sized drawers, while others have four deeper drawers that are the same size with two smaller drawers at the top. Sizes vary quite a bit, but on average, standard dressers are around 60-70 inches wide. For those who want ample surface space for displaying decor, this dresser shape will give you the most room to play with. (Is this you? Learn more about how to style a dresser!)

Chest of Drawers

A chest of drawers, or chest dresser, is a smaller dresser with three drawers which are usually equal in size. They tend to be around three feet tall and three feet wide. With this smaller footprint, they’re a great option for kid’s dressers, so your child can easily access all three drawers, or for a guest room where you don’t need as much storage. They also make great nightstand alternatives if you have a small bedroom and want a 2-in-1 piece of furniture, or if you want both a nightstand with tons of extra storage!

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Tallboy

A “tallboy” dresser is a vertical, chest-height dresser that often features four to six drawers. While they don’t offer as much surface area on top, this style is great for small spaces that are short on square footage but have room to spare vertically. If you’re sharing a room with a partner, opting for one standard dresser and one tallboy is a great way to fit two dressers into your bedroom!

Bureau

Similar to the standard dressers we mentioned above, bureaus are horizontal, six-drawer dressers, but also feature a mirror attached on top. They typically have six or more drawers and are larger in scale. In decades past, this was a very popular style in furniture sets for main bedrooms. However, some antique bureaus have a smaller footprint—still featuring six drawers and a mirror, but scaled down, closer to the width of a chest of drawers.

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Consideration #3: Dresser Style

Now for the fun part: style! You can find a bedroom dresser to suit just about any interior design style—from mid-century modern and minimal to glam, rustic, and just about anything in between! You can opt for a brand-new piece, but dressers are a great way to incorporate a vintage or antique piece into your space as well. These pieces of furniture tend to age well and there are tons of vintage and antique styles out there that are in great condition.

Typically, you’ll want your dresser’s style to mesh well with other items in your bedroom. If you have a bed that you love, use that as a jumping-off point for landing on a dresser style for your space. Since a dresser is both an investment and a large piece of furniture within your space, you want to make sure it’s a style that you love!

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Consideration #4: Dresser Finishes

Once you’ve nailed down a dresser style, consider finishes, which will lend a lot of personality to your piece and help drive home the overall style of your dresser.

Material

While wood (or wood composite)  is by far the most popular material used in dressers, you’ll also find dressers with metal frames, lacquer finishes, and even woven wicker drawer fronts. Material not only affects the look and feel of your dresser, but it also greatly influences the price. (For example, a solid wood piece will be more expensive than a composite dresser.)

Hardware

Beyond the basic material, you’ll want to think about the style of handles and drawer pulls (or lack thereof). Opting for a style without drawer hardware offers a more streamlined look. And if you do choose a dresser with drawer pulls and handles, the style of hardware can impact if a dresser has a more modern or traditional look. In a kid’s room or nursery, you may also want to consider a dresser with soft-closing drawers to avoid pinched fingers!

Legs

Finally: legs or no legs, that is the question! Choosing a dresser with legs means this piece of furniture is lifted off the floor. This means your dresser can be placed over a floor vent, you can put storage baskets underneath, and it will look more streamlined. Opting for a style without legs gives you a more solid-looking piece but limits where you can place it within your room.

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Final Considerations: If You Have a Small Space

If you have a small bedroom, you may be worried that you can’t fit all the furniture you need into your bedroom. But dressers are quite versatile, and there’s plenty of ways you can get multiple uses out of this one piece of furniture to help cut down on what you need in your space! Below are a few of our best small bedroom design tips.

  • If you live in a studio apartment, consider using your dresser as a TV stand, whether the TV sits on top or is mounted above it.
  • In a nursery, add a changing table topper to the top of a dresser rather than trying to squeeze both a dresser and changing table into the room.
  • Consider removing your closet doors and tucking a dresser inside of your closet to get it out of the main room area and save on some square footage.
  • Opt for 2-in-1 pieces. As we mentioned earlier, you could use a chest of drawers as a nightstand/dresser hybrid to save on furniture and space in a small bedroom. Secretary desks are another great hybrid option. With a smaller footprint than a typical dresser, this piece of furniture typically offers two or three dresser drawers, as well as a fold-down top for a desk workspace.
  • If you lack closet space and want a piece of furniture that lets you store both hanging and folded clothing, look into an armoire.
  • Use your bookcase for book and clothing storage by adding baskets on the bottom shelves, where you can stash folded clothing.
  • If you simply don’t have space for an extra piece of furniture in your space, consider a storage bed, which has drawers built into the base of your bed frame!

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Buying Guide: How to Choose Storage Furniture for Your Needs

We could probably all use a bit more storage and organization in our homes. But it can be overwhelming to start—not to mention knowing what you need to help you get organized! But you don’t have to hire a professional organizer to get your home in order. You simply need to identify what it is you want to organize, and we’ll help guide you to the best solutions.

Today, we’re breaking down all the best storage furniture and organizational options based on your needs. Whether that’s stashing clutter so you don’t have to look at it anymore or finding organization solutions for kids’ toys, and everything in between, we’ve got you covered.

For Corralling Clutter

Sometimes you just need to corral your clutter so there’s a semblance of organization in the midst of the chaos. We have some great options, both for items you want out of view and those things that you want on display.

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Trays and Boxes

Trays are a great way to corral items that you still want on-view. By placing a tray on your coffee table, dining table, or dresser, you can help a random collection of objects look intentional. Rather than a pile of books, candles, and a bud vase, you suddenly have an intentional and beautiful display.

If you’d prefer concealed storage, opt for a well-designed storage box that you can place on your bookcase or a floating shelf. The box will be pretty enough to have on view and is a great place to stash items like magazines, cords, sunglasses, and more. Both trays and boxes look good and have multiple uses, offering organizational versatility throughout your home.

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Furniture with Drawers

We’re probably all guilty of having a junk drawer (or three) throughout our homes. But drawers truly are a great place to stash clutter—whether that’s a drawer on a console table, credenza, your nightstand, or an extra kitchen drawer. But it doesn’t have to be messy! You can have an organized drawer by using small boxes and simple drawer organizers—so you don’t have to dig for whatever you need. Utilizing furniture with drawers is a great way to stash small items that don’t have a home, like takeout menus, mail, pens, phone charges, loose change, and remotes.

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For Homes With Young Kids

When you have young kids, it can feel like a battle to stay organized every day. You may clean up at the end of each day, but by 7 a.m. it seems the house is already littered with toys, books, clothing, and every other imaginable item. We have some great storage furniture and accessories that can help your kids take a hand in clean-up and give you more peace of mind.

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Baskets and Bins

Baskets and bins are an easy and versatile organizational tool—and an absolute must for homes with young kids. Kids can easily add toys to a basket themselves and can also easily access it to get things out on their own. You can keep baskets and organizational bins throughout your home; basket storage solutions can live on the floor, under beds, in cabinets, on shelves—anywhere you need a bit of organization and stashable storage. We also love them because they’re soft and baby-safe. And a woven or felt basket looks nice out in the open—perfect for stashing toys, baby blankets, books, kids clothing and shoes, and so much more.

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Storage Ottoman

Including a storage ottoman in your living room or playroom design offers a ton of practicality. First, it’s a soft piece of furniture, so it’s kid-friendly and safe but also stylish. It offers a surface for kicking up your feet when reading or watching TV, or offers an extra seat for your kiddo to sit on. But that’s not all. By opting for an ottoman with built-in storage, you also have an easy place to hide remotes, nice blankets, books and magazines, or any decor you don’t want your young kids to mess with. Or, in a playroom, it’s a great place for kids to stash their toys, so they can take ownership of clean-up time and you can feel a little less crazy. Wherever you use it, we love that it hides what you don’t want to look at all the time, but doubles as a practical piece of furniture.

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For Stashable Storage

Sometimes you need extra storage space, but you simply don’t want to look at whatever you’re trying to organize. For that, there’s hidden storage options.

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Dressers as Storage

Dressers aren’t just pieces of bedroom storage furniture for your clothing. They’re actually great for other rooms and items, too! In a playroom or craft room, you can use a dresser to store art supplies and crafting items, and categorize items by drawers! In a small kitchen, adding a three-drawer chest is a great way to store pans or other flat items, and gives you another surface for storage or food prep on top! In a small bedroom, you could also consider skipping a nightstand in favor of a three-drawer chest or tallboy dresser to squeeze in extra storage!

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Credenzas and Sideboards

Credenzas are great for dining room storage. Their closed cabinets are perfect for stashing napkins, table linens, silverware, and other entertainment items. Conveniently, they also offer a surface for placing food when hosting! Sideboards are super versatile and, while they’re great for dining room storage, they can also go in your entryway, to a large hallway, or even a living room. They offer stashable storage to any space, offering internal, as well as a surface for additional organization and display. Many sideboards have both drawers and cabinets, which gives extra versatility. Simply stash things away behind closed doors—out of sight, out of mind!

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Armoires and Wardrobes

Armoires and wardrobes can be used as storage cabinets far beyond your bedroom. In fact, they’re perfect for use in a mudroom or entryway that doesn’t have a coat closet! Use them to store coats, boots, umbrellas, bags, pet supplies—whatever you don’t want to look at every time you come and go from the house. You could also use an armoire or wardrobe in a playroom to store larger toys and board games, or in a living room or guest room to stash extra pillows and blankets!

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For Small Spaces

Small spaces require you to get a little more creative with storage and organization. So, it’s important to make use of some sneaky storage tips like utilizing vertical square footage and finding multi-purpose furniture.

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Dual-Purpose Storage Furniture

In a small space, investing in furniture that can pull double duty is an absolute must. Bonus points if it also offers storage! Some of our favorite dual-purpose storage furniture pieces include benches with built-in storage, storage coffee tables, storage beds, and even storage or sleeper sofas! All of these pieces look aesthetically pleasing in their design but also store items in an easily accessible manner. For storage coffee table ideas, consider stashing books, photo albums, pens and pencils, small electronics, chargers and cords, and remotes. Storage benches or storage sofas are great for bulkier items like shoes, kids toys, games, and extra blankets and pillows.

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Vertical Storage

Making use of vertical space is also essential in a small space. That’s why we love vertical storage solutions like a wall-mounted bookcase. It doesn’t take up much horizontal space or floor space, but it offers ample vertical storage—giving you more storage space with a smaller footprint. Use the bottom shelves for baskets to incorporate some stashable storage or place larger items like records and a record player. Higher up shelves are great for a mix of books and decorative items.

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For Sneaking in a Tiny Bit More Storage

Want to make the most of every square inch of storage space you can get? We have some simple ways to sneak in a tiny bit more storage in your home.
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Wall-Mounted Shelves

Great for tight spaces, like a kitchen or bathroom, wall-mounted or floating shelves are a perfect way to add a little extra storage to a room without taking up floor space. Want some floating shelves design ideas? You can mount them above other furniture and store items that you don’t need to access as much, like certain books or office supplies.

Under-Bed Baskets

The perfect place to sneak in a tiny bit more storage? Under your bed. What else will you use that space for? But you don’t just want to throw things under your bed. Instead, use long but short baskets or bins with covers (to protect your stuff from dust build-up). This is a great way to store handbags you don’t currently have in rotation, or seasonal clothing and shoes. You can also use this space for luggage if your bed is a bit taller.

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For Flexible Storage

Sometimes you need storage space that you can move around, or that can sometimes be used for storage but sometimes offer a more practical use. Don’t worry—we’ve got your flexible storage needs covered.

Bar Carts and Utility Carts

Naturally, a bar cart can store beverage items, glassware, and drink mixing tools. But have you ever considered using a bar cart or a utility cart for books, kids items, kitchen utensils, games, or art supplies? Yup, it can be done. These pieces offer a ton of flexibility, since they’re on wheels and you can move them around to wherever you need them. And it’s easy to change up their use. Right now, perhaps you’re using a bar car to keep your kids’ school supplies organized and on hand. But you could easily turn it into a mobile bookshelf or back into a traditional bar cart if you’re going to have guests over.

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Trunks

A trunk is a sturdy piece of furniture that can be used to store many items—and it also offers a decorative look. It can double as a coffee table, be placed at the end of your bed like a bench, be a hallway or entryway piece, with hooks hung above it, or even as a kid’s toy chest. Since trunks are so versatile, you can use them in many ways as you redecorate over the years and they can easily travel with you if you move! (After all, that’s what they were originally used for!)

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For Display Storage

Not all organizational needs include items you want to hide away. If you have a collection you want to show off—whether that’s a personal library, your grandmother’s china, items from your travels, or other keepsakes—you’ll want to consider one or more of these display storage options.

Étagère

Collectors rejoice! Étagères (a fancy French name for open shelving or display bookcases) offer the perfect place for showcasing collectable goods. They can be used to show off anything you want—but they’re best for aesthetically pleasing collections since the shelving is so open and really draws your attention to what’s on the shelves.

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Bookcases

Bookcases are, of course, great for displaying books. But we love to style bookcases with photo frames, artwork, and decorative objects to help visually balance out the shelves. These pieces of furniture are super flexible and can look at home in any space—from a living room or home office to a child’s room or your own room.

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Glass Door Cabinets

A storage cabinet with glass doors is perfect for displaying collections that you want to keep out of reach of childrens’ hands. The closed doors offer an added layer of protection from breaking—plus they keep collectable items safe from dust. But you can still quite easily enjoy what’s on display. A glass door cabinet with storage is great for more formal settings, like formal living and dining rooms, where you can display collections of objects or special china and dinnerware.

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19 Easy and Functional Bookshelf Styling Ideas

Sometimes the smallest changes in the home can have the most impact. Restyling bookshelves is one such small change. Whether it’s rearranging how your books are displayed, adding some colorful art or layering in your favorite objects and collections, giving your bookshelf a quick refresh can completely bring a new perspective (and vibe) to your spaces. But it’s also a small decor moment that can be surprisingly difficult to master.

For some inspiration, we’ve rounded up our best bookcase styling ideas along with quick tips on how to decorate bookshelves to be instant focal points in your spaces. Find out below!

1. Set Up A Sculpture Show

Fill your shelves with sculptures and accents that have unique and interesting shapes. Whether it’s unusual vessels, captivating artifacts or organic ceramic vessels, they make for intriguing bookshelf decor that’s bound to inspire conversation. Try adding a few cool-shaped sculptures alongside books as a way to work in movement and break up the straight lines of your shelves.

Style Tip: Combine a mix of sculptures in different sizes and heights, like a round vase with tall vessels and obelisks, for visual balance.

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2. Think Multipurpose

Bookshelf decorating isn’t all about styling shelves out just for show. For most people, they’re used for multi-purpose storage for books, bins, and knicknacks, like these low bookcases in this reading corner. With low shelves, try not to overstuff them with books and storage containers. Space things out so it doesn’t look overwhelming.

Style Tip: Have a mix of baskets and containers that hide smaller items on the bottom, then layer books and accents on top for both weight and visual balance.

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3. Organize For Work

In any home office, a tall bookcase is essential for keeping books, resource materials, and work supplies organized and within easy reach. If you’re wondering how to decorate a bookshelf that’s all about functional storage, consider pretty storage baskets, bookends, and sculptures that can be set on top and alongside books. They have more impact than you think.

Style Tip: Don’t forget the style of your actual bookshelf can also make a statement. Try one with a captivating look like this bookcase with an arched design.

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4. Organize In Full Color

Take a vibrant approach to bookshelf decorating by mixing bright accents, like colorful books, sculptures, and florals. It’s a great way to incorporate color into a space without painting or buying colorful furniture. Focus on two or three colors for your palette to create a cohesive look.

Style Tip: There are no hard and fast rules for how to style a bookcase, but it’s always good to arrange accents in groupings of twos and threes for many unique focal points.

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5. Mix It Up

Shake things up with your bookshelf decoration by turning your shelves into a stylish mixed-use display for books and a bar. Whether or not you have built-in wall shelving or an inlet like this little corner, you can easily create an impromptu bar space by arranging cocktail accessories and drinkware on the lower shelves, then filling the top ones with books.

Style Tip: Select neutral-colored books to go with silver, copper, and brass-accented barware. It’s a surefire way to create an instantly chic look.

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6. Create A Curated Display

Take a cue from this under-window cubby bookcase and arrange your shelves into an artful display of decorative objects and books. This bookshelf decorating approach is perfect for those who have a collection of finds that deserve to be seen in the home. Think of each cubby as its own mini gallery space for your items.

Style Tip: It’s about showcasing the uniqueness here, so work in all kinds of shapes and colors—tall vases, round items, big colorful books. The more eclectic your mix, the better.

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7. Build Out A Library

If you’re like us, a wall of bookshelves is home office goals. With wall-to-wall shelves, give yourself room to experiment and have fun with how you store and display things. Stay practical by filling the lower shelves with all your books, then use the higher shelves as showcases for sculptural pieces, art, and other decorative accents throughout.

Style Tip: Beautiful book covers are artworks in themselves. Display some pretty books by placing them cover forward to give your shelves a high-end gallery vibe.

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8. Think Simple

Don’t feel like you need to curate your bookshelf decor to only be unique objects. The best display can be one that has simple everyday items that speak to you, like a pretty bowl you like or a photo that reminds you of a trip. Keep to simple styling, leaving lots of room between your objects and shelves, for a layered but airy look.

Style Tip: If you have trouble editing what objects to show, choose a theme or color palette, like the nautical red, white, and blue focus here.

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9. Go For A Monochrome Look

Bookshelf decorating doesn’t get more refined than a towering wood-and-glass cabinet. It sets a formal tone and elevates the bookshelf look by default. Play up the sophisticated look further by displaying books in monochrome white and off-whites all throughout. It will guarantee a tailored and elegant overall look.

Style Tip: For balance, arrange books in horizontal rows as well as stacking them vertically. This is an easy way to create height and visual variance with just books.

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10. Keep It Lean

Bookshelves aren’t just for the living room and office. Lean a slim ladder-style bookcase in your entry, where it can function as a catchall as well as extra storage. Style larger items on the bottom shelves and go smaller as you work your way up. This will invite the eye to explore up and down.

Style Tip: One bookshelf decorating idea that’s always great in an entry is to combine art with greenery. It’s a lively pairing that’s certain to set a welcoming tone.

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11. Opt For A Gallery Look

A long and low bookcase in your dining or office space is the perfect display ledge for a collection of artwork. Think of it as a gallery wall but with shelving. Arrange the surface with framed prints, sculptures, and art objects, then fill the shelving below with books and practical storage. Be sure to leave plenty of open space to emphasize a gallery-like look.

Style Tip: To round out this gallery approach to bookshelf decorating, hang art above your shelves and lean larger pieces nearby to fill out the surrounding area and drive the look home.

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12. Aim For Height

If you’re pressed for space, consider installing a few tall and slender open bookshelves. It’s a great way to utilize vertical wall space and decorate with shelves that are styled out instead of hanging up art. Organize your shelves by use, with everyday items more accessible on the lower shelves and art and display objects higher up.

Style Tip: Tall open shelving has a way of adding visual height, making the ceilings appear higher and the room feel more spacious. Keep your surface styling uncluttered to maintain the open look and feel.

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13. Show Off Your Collections

When it comes to show-stopping bookcase ideas, you can’t beat a wall-length cabinet of curiosities. It’s all about playing up a collector’s vibe here. But instead of ephemera and taxidermy and strange objects, filling your cabinet with your book collections is just as impactful and eye-catching. If you have old books and vintage sets, this is the best way to give them pride of place in your home.

Style Tip: Mix vintage and new books, sculptural vases, and other small neutral decor items that don’t overshadow your books.

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14. Liven Up With Greenery

Venture outside of traditional bookshelf decorating ideas by arranging your shelves with greenery instead of art and decorative objects. Make it a point to have a mix of greenery and florals, and bring in a range of vases and vessels for your plants. Space them out and set them on top of stacks of books.

Style Tip: If your shelving doesn’t get much light and you’re worried that live greenery will be too difficult to maintain, go faux. They’ll be just as vibrant and elegant.

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15.Combine Practicality and Fun

A tall bookcase is an essential in a kids room or nursery. Make sure to choose a bookcase that’s both functional and safe for a kids room. One that has a combination of closed drawer storage and open shelving is best. You can store blankets and larger toys in the drawer and spread out stuffed animals and books on your shelves, which keeps it cute and stylish.

Style Tip: Your bookcase should provide storage that’s easy for you to access as well as higher shelving where you can keep toys and heavier bookshelf decor out of reach from the little ones.

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16. Play Up Your Personal Style

Another bookshelf decorating idea that’s ideal for an entry is to array a console shelf with all of your favorite art and objects. Unlike a gallery-like approach, this is all about letting your personality shine and welcome guests from the moment they step into your home.

Style Tip: Don’t worry about pretty shapes and matching colors. Trust that grouping together things you love and that reflect your personality will always result in a creative look and feel.

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17. Try A Classic Color Combo

Round out a media cabinet with decorated shelves that are arrayed with accents in classic blue and white. It’s a versatile color combo that works with any room and decor, including a large TV screen. Blue and white accents have a way of adding style and color without being distracting or stealing away all the attention. Avoid anything too bright. Simple is key here.

Style Tip: If blue and white isn’t your color pairing of choice, try another classic color with white as the anchor. Black and white can have a graphic appeal while green and white can bring the outdoors in.

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18. Make It An Eclectic Catchall

Rather than books, use a ladder bookshelf as a multipurpose catchall for a range of everyday items. This is a great way to corral everyday items into one central spot. Assign each shelf a function—two lower ones for bins that hold cords and electronics, one shelf for music and a record player, one for plants, etc. If you live in a small space, this is a stylish storage solution.

Style Tip: Decorating shelves is all about play and experimentation. Try arranging your shelves for different uses and with various objects and decor to see what works visually and what suits your everyday needs.

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19. Turn It Into A Vertical Garden

Draw inspiration from vertical gardens and make leafy greenery and plants the main focus of your bookshelf decor. Unlike an elegant display of floral arrangements and delicate greenery, this approach is all about adding plants to your shelves over time and building it out into a full garden display.

Style Tip: Mix different varieties of plants, like cacti, philodendrons, and ferns, with interesting garden accessories, such as lanterns and a watering can, to play up a greenhouse vibe.

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Clutter-Free Dreams: 11 of Our Best Bedroom Storage Ideas

Clutter in the bedroom is a major design no in our book. When there’s too much stuff in the bedroom, it turns what’s supposed to be the most relaxing and restful place in your home into a stressful space. As the saying goes: “A cluttered room is a cluttered mind.”

Now more than ever with so much going on in our lives, a clutter-free bedroom is even more important for our sanity’s sake. This is where good bedroom design ideas come in, and on the top of that list is smart storage. And no, you don’t need a full built-in closet to maximize storage in your bedroom. Whether you have a large master bedroom or live in a small studio apartment, you just need the right bedroom storage furniture for your space. It can range from a hefty wardrobe armoire to underbed storage or a mix of pretty storage baskets that you can easily tuck under tables and into corners.

To provide you with some guidance for streamlined organization in the bedroom, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to add more storage space with smart furnishings. Read on for our picks and design tips!

Floating Shelves

With any small bedroom design, beyond closet space and a dresser, vertical storage such as floating shelves are key. Ones with cubbies are even better for corralling small everyday items.

Why It Works: Whether you hang them above your bed or along an empty wall, floating shelves give you open storage that doubles as attractive displays. They can disguise random decor, like books, plants, candles, and art, as curated and organized vignettes.

Great for… Small bedrooms with little to no floor space. If you have things that you just can’t let go of, floating shelves also lets you arrange them into displays that don’t look or feel like clutter.

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Elevated Nightstand

Maximizing bedroom storage is as simple as choosing a raised nightstand. They not only let you squirrel away things like a basket or bin underneath it, but they also have an airy look to them.

Why It Works: First of all, nightstands with open bases are compact so they can work in any space. Many of them have drawers, giving you three-times the storage (on the surface, inside, and underneath) for everything from books to phone chargers to slippers, all within easy reach.

Great for… those looking for an affordable, stylish, and versatile bedside table option. You can’t go wrong with a streamlined and elevated nightstand as long as it suits your style and space.

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Wardrobe Armoire

No closet? No problem. Invest in a wardrobe armoire with tons of closed storage for clothes and more. The best part is that it’s a big piece that takes up vertical rather than floor space.

Why It Works: Think of the wardrobe as the all-in-one storage piece. It’s a dresser and a closet that lets you hide everything, from clothing and shoes to bed linens and towels. It has deep compartments so you can also create your own storage system inside with baskets and bins.

Great for… those who have zero closet space in the bedroom or even those who need more clothing storage. This is also perfect for keeping messes hidden behind closed doors.

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Underbed Bins

The space below our beds is often underutilized. It’s prime storage space for baskets and bins that are easy to access. If you’re out of ideas for bedroom storage, make the most of this area.

Why It Works: Whether you use pretty decorative baskets or add in a glide system of plastic bins under your bed, it’s the perfect place for stashing away seasonal clothes, shoes, blankets, comforters, books, and other bulky items. Consider lidded containers, which help keep out dust.

Great for… kids bedrooms where there are items they’ll grow out of with age but need to be stored for the time being. Underbed storage is also great in dorm rooms and shared bedrooms.

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Platform Storage Bed

On the other hand, you can also opt for a platform bed with deep storage drawers instead. It’s the perfect clean-lined investment piece that also gives you tons of functional bedroom storage.

Why It Works: This two-in-one bed and storage piece can easily replace your dresser or closet space. These platform beds often come with spacious drawers that can hold comforters and pillows as well as big coats. Just make sure you have space all around to pull out the drawers.

Great for… studio apartments where your bedroom and living area are one and you’re probably pressed for closet space.

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Mid-Century Dresser

When it comes to bedroom storage furniture that has both good looks and tons of space inside, consider a large Mid-Century dresser. It’s an investment piece that will be functional for years.

Why It Works: If you have the floor space, a Mid-Century dresser will provide you with storage for clothing, books, files, and anything else you want to keep stylishly out of sight. Not to mention, you can also use the surface for storage as a vanity or style your dresser top with decor and art.

Great for… typical spacious bedrooms and guest rooms where you can add bigger furniture pieces and stress less about floor space because it’s not a space you interact with daily.

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Bedside Chest Of Drawers

Enlist a pair of chest of drawers instead of standard-size nightstands to increase storage all around. Typically designed with three drawers, these chests are best in big bedrooms.

Why It Works: Doubling as nightstands and dressers, chests of drawers can hold clothing, extra linens, and other personal items while keeping it conveniently bedside. This approach works well in couples’ bedrooms as it gives each person their own separate storage space.

Great for… any couple’s large master bedroom where practical storage is needed beyond the closet. The double-dresser look also works beautifully with any style bedroom furniture.

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Storage Bench

One of our favorite bedroom storage ideas is pulling in a pretty and practical storage bench. It provides comfort as a seat while also allowing you to hide clutter in plain sight. It’s a win win.

Why It Works: The deep compartment under the upholstered seat top is great for extra blankets, linens, and pillows. Meanwhile, it also blends seamlessly into any room as a seat. This is our idea of sneaky storage that’s simple and stylish, and it’s the easiest way to contain clutter.

Great for… master bedrooms, kids rooms, and guest rooms alike. A storage bench works in any room given its versatile nature. Try lining up two under a bedroom window for a chic setup.

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bedroom storage furnitureLidded Baskets

If you already have your key storage pieces in place and are looking for smaller containers to corral things, baskets are always our go-to. They often come in sets and work in any setting.

Why It Works: Lidded baskets can easily be styled into any space, no matter the size of the room or the style of furniture. Whether you use just one or a cluster in various sizes that are spread out, they always give you a chic and clean look and can hold more than you think inside.

Great for… all bedrooms. You can tuck one under a nightstand or a few under the bed. There are endless basket storage ideas, and how you use them is up to you. Plus, they’re affordable!

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Bookcase With Open Shelving

For an alternative to nightstands and dressers, consider an open bookcase for bedside storage instead. It utilizes vertical wall space while the shelves also become a sort of curated focal point.

Why It Works: It’s a creative approach to a nightstand and bedroom storage that saves you a ton of floor space, so you can’t beat that. You can use a shelf for nightstand essentials, books, art, and other small decor that you want to display rather than hide as well. Make it a point to curate the objects on the shelves to appear purposeful, which will help minimize visual clutter.

Great for… those looking for stylish but clever home storage solutions for their bedroom. Also, if your bedroom has high ceilings or if you want to show off your style without hanging up art.

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Modern Closet Rack

For a thoroughly modern approach to storage in your bedroom, try setting up a streamlined open clothes rack and closet system. It’s a chic way to turn your wardrobe into a showcase that also saves space.

Why It Works: An open storage rack provides you with easy access to all your everyday clothing and accessories. Even if you have closet space, you can still use one as an extension for the fashion pieces you wear the most. Hang a mirror on the rack to make it a feel like its own dressing area and a centerpiece in your room.

Great for… city apartments where you have small closets or in a bedroom where you want to infuse a more loft-life look and feel. The open closet rack definitely has a high-style fashion vibe to it while giving you plenty of extra storage.

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The Best Home Storage Solutions for Every Room in the House

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

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Console Table

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.

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Storage Bench

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!

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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.

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Large Baskets

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

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Media Console

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.

 

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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.

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Wall-Mounted Bookshelves

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.

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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.

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Storage Ottoman

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.

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Storage Sofa

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.

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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.

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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.

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Storage Cabinets

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

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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.

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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.

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Wardrobe Armoire

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!

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Underbed Bins

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!

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Clothing Rack

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!

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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

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Bar Cart

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!

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Bar Cabinet

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.)

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Storage Buffet

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.

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Dresser

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.

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Hutch

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

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Filing Cabinet

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!

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Open Bookcases

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.

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Floating Shelves

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.

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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!

 

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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.

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Dresser Styling: 10 Ways to Decorate This Bedroom Essential

It’s safe to say that most bedrooms have a dresser. But it’s important to remember that a dresser is not only a piece of furniture for clothing storage—but it also offers surface space to your room! And it’s important to consider this element in bedroom design if you want a space that feels polished and considered.

dresser decorating ideasBut what do you put on a dresser? And how do you style it in a way that looks polished and not cluttered? First, there are many ways to style a bedroom dresser, so there’s not one right or wrong answer! It all depends on your needs—Is the dresser in a kids room? Is there a TV on top of it? Do you need extra space for storage and organization?—your personal style, and what else is happening in your space. (Aka the room shape, size, and window placement.)

But there are some universal tips that you can use to style your dresser. And we’re not just talking tips for on top of your dresser, but also for around it. Keep reading for our 10 best dresser decorating ideas and tips on how to style your dresser in a way that complements your design style!

For the Contemporary TV Viewer

When you have a TV on or hung above your dresser, we recommend adding low-profile decor on the dresser top. Think: short vases and plants or a small stack of books. You want to make sure you don’t obscure the view of the TV. But using these elements on your dresser top helps incorporate the TV into the design so that it doesn’t feel like an eyesore.

We also love the idea of having a full-length mirror next to your dresser for getting dressed and having a tall basket nearby for laundry or extra storage. A taller plant on the other side of the dresser helps visually balance out the overall set-up.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Refined Rustic Lover

Going for a symmetrical design is a more formal approach to dresser styling—but one that certainly looks beautiful. Top your dresser with a mix of sentimental objects, photos of loved ones or favorite vacations, and a plant for a vase of flowers. (And maybe even a tray for your morning coffee!) But don’t overdo it—keep your dresser top decor simple and refined.

With this approach, we like the idea of centering a mirror over the dresser—just make sure it’s no more than two-thirds the width of the dresser. Because then you can hang sconces or pendants on either side, saving surface space on your dresser while still giving you cozy layered lighting. However, this lighting approach is definitely more permanent—so it’s not great for renters or if you like to rearrange your layout often!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Contemporary Collector

Love an eclectic bedroom design? We have some bedroom dresser decor ideas for that. Hanging a tapestry above your dresser adds soft texture and an interesting decorative element. Pair that with a large lamp to add light and give an eclectic flair to the set-up. We also love the idea of using a hat as a decorative element in your dresser styling—which also allows you to keep it close-at-hand for sunny days!

Add a practical element with a hanging clothing rack for jackets, hats, and bags, as well as a nearby mirror for getting ready. And a record player atop your dresser lets you enjoy your favorite music while beginning and ending each day.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Discerning Collector

Hanging a mixed media gallery wall above your dresser is a perfect way to incorporate a small TV, a mirror, and some favorite artwork. With a busier wall design, keep the surface of your dresser minimal but personal—with personal touches like a jewelry box, picture frames, and fresh flowers. A neutral color palette creates a cohesive look and keeps it from feeling too eclectic. Meanwhile, large plants add texture.

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For the Mod Enthusiast

Bedroom decorating can be challenging when you have to work around doors and windows. If you have a window above your dresser, keep dresser top decor simple below the window and don’t block the view. Above, you’ll see a great example of how to style a dresser under a window, with just a lamp, vases, and a box for trinkets or jewelry. Since the dresser top design is more simple, we added a practical element to the side, with a wall mirror, stool, and storage basket—along with some cheery pops of yellow!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Classic Collector

Just because you have a smaller dresser doesn’t mean you can’t utilize large decor. In fact, we recommend it! It’s a fun, unexpected way to play with scale. And, as long as you’re embracing the drama, consider some dramatic contrast with colors as well—like dark walls with pink, orange, and gold decorative accents.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Rustic Traveler

Add some personality and color to your dresser set-up with a large piece of art hung above your dresser. Pair it with layered decor like baskets, plants, and an interesting lamp. Small baskets atop your dresser are perfect for jewelry, scrunchies, or makeup.

Next to the dresser, add extra storage with woven laundry hampers and other baskets—which coordinate with the baskets on the top of the dresser. A large mirror makes getting dressed and checking your outfit a breeze, plus helps make your room appear larger—a great hack for small bedroom designs!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Contemporary Minimalist

Are you a minimalist? Go for a clean and clutter-free dresser top. Include just what you need—a small, practical lamp, and perhaps your journal and current book to keep them nearby. Opting for a larger mirror gives you a more bold, contemporary look. (And we love how the shape of this mirror echoes the shape of the dresser.) A simple, muted color palette keeps the look calm and clean.

A hamper next to the dresser is really the only other thing you need. Just make sure you opt for one with a lid if you don’t like seeing dirty socks and want to have a more streamlined look!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Rustic Bohemian

A trunk-style dresser is a bold and unique bedroom furniture piece—not to mention very sturdy. Layering decor on and near your dresser promotes an eclectic vibe. The tapestry, mirror, and basket all add some wonderful texture. (And the basket offers both storage and an aesthetically pleasing way to fill out the empty space next to your dresser.) On top of your dresser, play with different heights of objects—like taller vases and a simple tray, perfect for placing your morning cup of tea in a way that keeps the look classy and helps ensure you don’t spill on your dresser! But, with all these layers and textures, you may want to ground the look in an earthy color palette, which gives this space a soothing vibe.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Kids Bedroom

There are many approaches you can take to styling the dresser in your child’s bedroom—but we love taking the practical approach. In a nursery, you may want to simply go for a dresser with a changing table topper. But once you’re past the diaper-changing phase, you can leave the changing table topper on there and use it to help corral clutter and keep things organized! Here, we’re using it for layered storage of toys, blankets, and other necessities—great for small rooms that don’t have a ton of storage. We love baskets as an easy and low-maintenance way to stash kids toys. And, during the day, you can just set the basket on the floor and let your kids dig in!

To balance out the practicality of layered storage, we went with a colorful and youthful approach—with bright walls, fun poms on the basket covers, and a lovely lamp.

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