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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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.


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 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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Stylist Picks: 10 Clever Solutions For Extra, Hidden Storage

Finding smart ways to fit in some extra storage is a common dilemma among many of our Modsy customers. But jamming another bookcase or storage cabinet into an already crowded room isn’t always the best design solve. And if you’re pressed for space, the last thing you want is to spend money on another piece of furniture that’s just going to take up more square footage.

So instead, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite furniture pieces that come with hidden storage. Read on to get the scoop on our stylists’ best hidden storage ideas.

hidden storage ideas1. A Wooden Storage Bed

No matter the size of your bedroom, underbed storage is always a plus. Because beds are large pieces of furniture, the storage underneath packs a mighty punch. This makes for one of our favorite hidden storage ideas because it can easily take the place of a dresser. As a bonus, it keeps everything neatly tucked away out of sight!

Modern wooden storage beds also have drawers that are a seamless part of the design, so you won’t even be able to tell it’s working double just by looking.

Stylist Pick: Blair Queen Storage Bed

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hidden storage ideas2. An Upholstered Storage Bed

Solid-wood storage beds can be expensive, so an equally stylish alternative is an upholstered one. Not only is it more budget friendly, today’s upholstered storage beds have a classic and clean-lined look that make them super versatile pieces. Many of them have deep drawers that pull out from the foot of the bed, and they often come with a padded headboard. And who doesn’t love that?

Stylist Pick: Terrence Queen Bed

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3. A Clean-Lined Storage Sofa

A sofa with storage might sound too good to be true. But these magical pieces of furniture really do exist, and they come in modern and stylish designs to boot! We’re big fans of hidden storage ideas for small spaces, and sofas with storage are perfect since you can stash everything from blankets to kids toys in the compartments underneath the seat cushions.

Stylist Pick: Hughes Sofa with Storage

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hidden storage4. A Glam Storage Coffee Table

One of the most stylish pieces in the bunch, we love this coffee table for its unexpected and spacious storage compartment. (Psst! If you can’t spot it, it’s hiding under the wooden top.) You can easily stow away blankets, remote controls, and games inside, while its metallic finish brings polish and shine to rustic and traditional living spaces alike.

Stylist Pick: Drum Storage Coffee Table

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hidden storage ideas5. A Classic Storage Ottoman

Probably our favorite living room storage staple, a traditional upholstered storage ottoman is endlessly versatile. You can use it as a coffee table, a footrest or even an extra seat in a pinch. One with storage inside for pillows and throws makes it even more of an essential in any classic living room setting.

Stylist Pick: Barrett Storage Ottoman

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6. A Contemporary Storage Bench

You can’t go wrong with a simple storage bench that also doubles as comfy seating. It can work in virtually any room, from the bedroom to the living room. But we love it most in an entry, where you can stash away shoes, umbrellas, picnic blankets, and other on-the-go accessories.

Stylist Pick: Fulton Charcoal Storage Bench

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7. A Chic Mirror With Storage

An easy way to sneak a tiny bit more storage into your room is to hang a slim mirror with a built-in ledge that can function as a catchall and display. We love this idea for an entry or a small nook as it makes the most of empty walls. Set a bowl on the ledge for keys, add a candle, or display some photographs to make it a focal point.

Stylist Pick: Perch Round Mirror with Shelf

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hidden storage ideas8. A Cool Storage Stool

If a storage ottoman is too big for your space, consider a little storage stool that can also work as a footrest or extra seating. We have our eyes on some of the more modern takes, which come in cool modular shapes and some are even upholstered in durable leather. The best part is that most modern storage stools are versatile in style and can work in modern, eclectic, or even rustic spaces.

Stylist Pick: Squad Storage Ottoman

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9. A Streamlined Storage Shelf

Who doesn’t love the simple, sleek look of a hanging shelf ledge? Sweeten the deal with designs that incorporate drawers for even more storage. Install one above a home office desk to stash away mail, wires, and other electronic accessories, or line a few along the wall in your living room to create a custom wall shelving vignette.

Stylist Pick: Hide N Seek Acacia Wood Storage Shelf

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10. A Polished Storage Trunk

Sometimes a good ole trunk does the trick. Especially when you need a place for bigger fluffy items, such as winter duvet covers, chunky blankets, oversized pillows, and winter clothes. While there are many steamer trunk and other vintage style designs out there, right now we’re loving wooden chests that add a little texture and polish. Try this burl wood trunk at the foot of your bed or in your living room for a stylish storage piece.

Stylist Pick: Burl Wood Cedar Lined Trunk

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