Living in a small home doesn’t have to mean you lack storage. Take advantage of the space you have by using furniture that incorporates storage within. These smart pieces double as accents while keeping your home clutter-free.
Put your feet up on a stylish ottoman that doubles as living room storage. Many ottoman designs open like chests, providing storage inside. Others have removable tops with attached trays underneath; flip them over for a quick TV tray. Ottoman storage is perfect for DVDs, board games, and extra controllers for the kids’ gaming systems. With ottoman storage, you can hide the items that make your small living room look cluttered while keeping them close at hand. It’s also great for quickly hiding a mess when you have unexpected company.
Under the bed is an often underused space in the home. Things get shoved under there or dust bunnies collect with abandon. Instead, you can use this space for clean, organized storage. A bed with built-in drawers offers the perfect place to keep your bed linens. In a bedroom without much closet space, bed drawers are storage for bulky clothing items, shoes, or undergarments. Put toys and games in the drawers in children’s rooms. While you’re in bed, reach for the cabinet pull, open the drawer, and pull out your favorite nighttime reading material.
Add organization to your kitchen and dining room with a rolling cabinet. These attractive wood accents offer a preparation surface on top with shelving beneath, perfect for storing your cookbooks and dish towels when you aren’t entertaining. Change the cabinet knobs so they match your kitchen decor. When you’re entertaining, your rolling cabinet becomes a handy portable bar. Roll it into the dining room or living room full of wine bottles, spirits, and mixers. It’s the perfect solution for entertaining when you’re short on space.
Add a window seat or reading nook to your living space with a storage bench. Place it next to a window for extra seating, or by the bookshelves with a little table for a quiet reading nook. Storage benches are a stylish way to hide kids’ toys in the living room when you don’t have space for a separate playroom. Consider putting a storage bench in the corner of the bedroom, or even as seating for a breakfast nook in the kitchen. You can change the pillows atop the storage bench to match your room’s decor.
Buy or build the type of console table with a shelf near the bottom and drawers beneath the surface. The drawers are perfect for hiding bills, pens, and magazines. On the bottom shelf, get some attractive storage baskets. Put your console table behind the couch; it’s a great place to add accent pieces like candles and flowers to your living room while providing you with more space to keep your things. A narrow console table is useful in the entryway, too; use the baskets to collect shoes when the family comes through the door.
Proper storage can turn a cramped, small space into a cozy home. Even one of these pieces of furniture will help you on your way to getting organized.