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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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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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This post was updated April 9, 2021

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5 Storage Ideas To Ready Your Entry For Summer

With summer in full swing (finally!) it’s time to step outside and soak up all that the season has to offer. No doubt you’ve been heading in and out of the house a lot more for beach days, picnics in the park, and summer evenings out with friends.

Read this next: 15 Easy Updates to Summer-ize Your Space 

So, make sure your entry is prepped for your on-the-go summer lifestyle by keeping it organized and functional. We’re offering up 5 easy entryway storage ideas that will turn it into the perfect hub and a practical yet stylish checkpoint for summer.

Ready to get your entryway into summer-shape? Read on for 5 of our best entryway storage ideas!

entryway storage ideas1. Add Breezy Catchalls

If you’re looking for easy, good-looking storage that doesn’t crowd up your entry, woven baskets are a great way to go. They’re an easy addition that’s guaranteed to add both function and a summery vibe to your entry.

They’re great for holding everything from your daily yoga mat to umbrellas and beach towels, or they make perfect hampers for dirty shoes and sandals that you don’t want to drag into the house.

Stylist Tip: Squeeze a few baskets into tight corners, line them up side by side, or even stack several small lidded ones on top of each other.

entryway storage ideas2. Hang It All Up

Work in some wall hooks and hanging shelves with coat racks in your entry to give yourself easy access to all your summer totes, beach towels, bike bags, backpacks, and light jackets. This not only helps you save on floor space but it also provides a place for all your summer essentials.

Stylist Tip: Make the most of your entryway by thinking vertically. Line up a row of hooks along one wall then add shelves above for even more storage space.

entryway storage ideas3. Ready Kid-Friendly Storage

Need your entry to be functional and family-friendly? Add a storage bench (or tuck a few baskets under a regular bench) so that your kids have their own designated space for stashing sandals, beach toys, and even swimming trunks. With a bench, you also have the added bonus of a seat in the entry for little ones to put on and take off their shoes.

Stylist Tip: For maximum functionality, incorporate wall hooks above your storage bench, which will turn your entry into a mini mudroom that has enough storage for the whole family.

entryway storage ideas4. Make For a Double-Duty Vanity

Add a console table and hang a mirror above it to give yourself a makeshift vanity where you can do a last-minute wardrobe checks before you dash out to all your summer parties. Use the surface for trays, bowls, and catchalls that can hold sunglasses, jewelry, and keys that you’ll need whenever you head out.

Stylist Tip: Choose an open-base console that allows you to squirrel away two ottomans underneath it for moveable seating. No need for perches? Bring in baskets instead for additional storage that’s also attractive.

entryway storage ideas5. Create a Convenient Storage Station

If you have a spacious entry, anchor it with a dresser or a storage chest that conceals all your everyday on-the-go essentials — be it extra chargers, notebooks, or blankets that you can fold and tuck away.

The best part about a storage chest is that you can also use it as a seasonal extension of your bedroom closet. Sneak in extra storage by using your entryway to hold extra summer scarves, sarongs, and light cardigans.

Stylist Tip: A storage chest alone is all function, but you can dress it up to be a focal point by bookending it with two chairs and adding a mirror or pretty art. To add durability, lay down a natural-fiber runner or rug to give your entry a relaxed summer vibe.

 

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