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The Best Home Storage Solutions for Any Room in Your 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. Because furniture storage options like a credenza, while beautiful and practical, are bulky and take up valuable square footage that many small spaces can’t afford. And most often it’s small spaces that need the most creative storage solutions. No, we’re talking about both hidden storage ideas and 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. We’ve rounded up our best clever storage ideas for every room in your house!

home storage solutions1. Get Organized With Large Baskets

One of our favorite home storage solutions is utilizing baskets. Large baskets are easy organization tools, as they can be moved around to where you need them most and you can easily stash things in them to keep your home looking sleek. Plus, woven baskets look great anywhere in your home!

Some favorite basket storage ideas for homes with kids? Assign a basket to each kid, and they’ll always know where to put their stuff during clean-up! Baskets can also help make use of the “dead space” underneath raised furniture, like a bench, platform bed, or sofa, adding extra storage while minimizing clutter. And you can also utilize the wall space above the furniture for added organization or decor. Hang a floating shelf, and perhaps a mirror to help reflect light and open up your space.

Bonus organization tip: If you’re using the bench in your entryway but don’t have a front closet or space for a coat rack, consider hanging a single hook near your front door. This gives you the perfect flexible organization option for coats, a dog leash, or even a purse.

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home storage solutions2. Wall-Mount a Storage Shelf

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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home storage solutions3. Do Double-Duty with a Storage Bench

Storage benches are perfect home storage solutions for any space in your home. They’re great in entryways, as pictured above, for stowing outdoor gear, bags, extra shoes while also giving you a place to sit as you put on and take off your shoes. And, 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 throw things in the storage bench and have it out of sight and out of mind! And we love the practicality of a storage bench with drawers versus a lid that lifts up, so that you can have a nice arrangement of pillows or a blanket on top that doesn’t get disturbed every time you want to put something away.

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home storage solutions4. Divide your Room With 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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home storage solutions5. Keep a Low-Profile with 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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home storage solutions6. Sneak in Storage with a 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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home storage solutions7. Corral Clutter With a Credenza

For those who do have a little space to spare, you can’t go wrong with a console table or credenza. These low-maintenance furniture pieces offer tons of storage—but, if you get one with doors and drawers, you can simply hide away what’s stored inside! So, you don’t have to worry about maintaining it and keeping it looking good like you would for an open or glass-front shelving unit. No one knows how much clutter is hidden behind those gorgeous carved doors! Plus, the top is a perfect place for decor, a lamp, and perhaps a bowl or tray for keys or knick-knacks. This is a perfect way to utilize a random nook in your home for storage.

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home storage solutions8. Utilize a Pass-Through Space

Do you have a wide hallway, a larger entryway area, or even a pass-through or alcove space that you aren’t sure what to do with? Make the most of this “dead 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, 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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6 Ways to Add Storage to Your Living Room

living room storage ideasSpring has almost sprung, and if you’re like us, that means it’s time to hit refresh on your home and dive into some much-needed cleaning and organization projects. But if you’re not up for a full KonMari purge, don’t worry – there’s still hope! Adding more storage to your living room can be a great way to get organized and de-clutter your space.

Whether you have a small space or an open floor plan – or even something in between – there are plenty of ways to organize with clever living room storage in all kinds of styles and color schemes. With a few smart solutions, you can make sure your living room always feels tidy, airy and light.

To help, we’re rounding up 6 of our favorite living room storage ideas. Spring cleaning, here we come!

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living room storage ideasStorage Coffee Table

Let’s face it – we all somehow end up with a lot of stuff. And while a lot of it might be things you use daily, that doesn’t always mean you want to keep it on display. That’s why one of our favorite living room storage ideas is rethinking your coffee table.

The right coffee table can be the perfect furniture piece for extra living room storage! Instead of choosing one just for surface area, consider a storage option that opens up to reveal space for all your stuff!

You don’t have to skimp on style either – you can find plenty of options that offer storage space inside and look great on the outside. Coffee tables with drawers and lift-top coffee tables also make excellent storage options. Tuck away odds and ends that don’t display well, coasters, remotes, magazines and other items that you don’t want overtaking the surface space.

living room storage ideasCabinet

If you’re tight on space in your living room, you don’t want to add more bulky furniture that will clutter it up even further. Instead, a great solve is to look for options – like a cabinet – that have a small footprint yet still offer plenty of interior storage space.

With a living room storage cabinet, you can keep blankets, books, games and toys neatly organized and out of the way. These also make a great choice for alcoves and corners that might otherwise go unused. Another option is using a decorative cabinet with glass windows. Here you can display fragile items, photos, heirlooms, books… it’s all up to you!

living room storage ideasStorage Bench

A storage bench combines all the things you need: hidden storage, extra seating, and a display space all in one. It is one of the most functional and practical ways to declutter a home and keep a space organized.

Benches with hidden storage can help make your space look neat and stylish and also provide some extra seating. Use them to stash bulkier items out of sight, like blankets, seasonal decor and more of that “stuff” that always seems to pile up!

All you have to do is choose a bench that fits your space and style (if that feels daunting, let us help)! You can find wooden options, ones with cubbies, or upholstered options like the white one styled here.

Credenza

A credenza is one of the most traditional dining room staples. They are often used to serve food and display dish ware, but they can also be used as a handy living room storage piece! They also offer ample surface space to display decorative items that show off your style. Also known as a sideboard or buffet, no matter whether you call it, it’s an awesome way to bulk up your storage potential in any room.

Because they come in so many different styles, you can usually find a place for one in any living room, whether it’s against a wall, as a stand for your television, or set against the backside of the sofa. Credenzas have so many uses – put it to work as a bookshelf, entertainment center, buffet, or curio cabinet – making them a pieces with some major staying power!

living room storage ideasSide Tables With Drawers

Most living rooms benefit from side tables placed at the end of your sofa or next to your armchairs. But don’t think of them as just a place to set your drink!

Instead of using delicate side tables with only a bit of surface space, try an option with drawers that do double-duty as living room storage. There are a lot of small items, like remote controls, coasters, pens/pencils, notepads, a pair of glasses, etc., that you might want easy access to in your living room, but don’t want to busy up the space.

With a storage-infused side table, you can easily tuck these items away in the drawers for additional living room organization. That way you can save the surface area for lamps, photos or other objects you’d prefer to display.

living room storage ideasBaskets

Baskets are one of our favorite living room storage ideas, especially for kid-friendly spaces!

If you have a full house, you know that you need plenty of places to stash the clutter. It’s totally possible to have kids and a clean home, and having some smart and sneaky storage solutions on your side certainly helps!

These wicker baskets easily tuck into the room below the side tables. They also make an awesome place to corral kids’ stuff, like toys, books and art supplies, or pet accessories, or even regular old clutter! Baskets can hide it all.

You can choose from a variety of sizes, shapes and styles and they can fit into open nooks on bookshelves, built-in shelving, under coffee tables and more.

With these living room storage ideas, it’s easy to keep your space feeling neat and tidy so you can enjoy it with family and never have to worry about inviting guests over to a messy house! Want to find out what your space would look like with new furniture and decor? Sign up for a design package with Modsy today!

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