With our hectic lives and busy households, keeping all of our stuff organized at home is a constant challenge. But adding extra storage around your home is a great way to win the battle against clutter.
A bench in your foyer or entryway can offer a convenient place to put on your shoes on the way out the door, or place items that you don’t want to forget to take with you. If you make that a storage bench and you’ve got room to store shoes, hats and scarves, or kids back packs. Wood storage benches will hold up well to high traffic areas and tend to have either cubbies below the seat or a hinged lift top seat.
Upholstered storage benches work well in living rooms and home offices, offering padded seating that can be comfortable for a longer stay, while still providing space to stow throws, family games, and toys. In the bedroom, a storage bench can be used at the foot of the bed and even instead of a footboard. Some benches come complete with pull-out hidden cubbies for shoes; others open on the top and can store blankets and other bed linens. Wood or leather storage benches work well in the bedroom.
Outdoor storage benches can stash away outdoor pillows, cushions, yard or gardening supplies, outdoor balls and toys, and some even contain coolers. You can find some designed to be water-tight to keep what’s stowed inside dry and clean.
Accent cabinets often have a relatively small footprint and can be used throughout your home to add extra storage space here and there. Hallways, entryways, nooks, living rooms, family rooms are all likely spots to add a bit of style and storage with an accent cabinet. These cabinets can be found with hinged doors, or drawered storage (often called accent chests). These vibrant pieces are designed to add a pop of color or unique design to your space by contrasting or complementing your other furniture rather than matching and blending with it. Some cabinets have glass front cabinets designed for displaying items, others are solid faced and are a great place to conveniently tuck away household items. Some accent cabinets are designed to be used in bathroom and dressing area where they are a great spot to keep extra bath towels and toiletry items handy.
Book Cases - Room Dividers
Though open shelving doesn’t help you hide your junk, bookcases and room dividers can provide spots to proudly display your curios and collectibles. Their use can be extended with decorative storage baskets and boxes on the shelves to tuck away small household items that you don’t want displayed.
Buffet – Sideboard - China Cabinet
In the dining room, not only do buffets and sideboards are designed to extend serving space for big festive meals, but they offer ample room to stash and stow a variety of dining items including serving trays, tureens, crystal ware, china and even daily-ware dishes. If you don’t need the serving space and you prefer to display your showier items, a china cabinet will suit your needs.
For a smaller footprint piece, look through options of bar carts, servers, and wine cabinets or dry-bars. These are typically much smaller than sideboards, and often offer specific cubbies for wine and spirits, and frequently tracks to store stemware.
Kitchen Carts - Kitchen Islands
In the kitchen, extra storage can be achieved through a kitchen cart or kitchen island. These carts are handy not only to provide additional counter space, but to offer a place to keep cook books, prep items, dishware or serving items and can even be used to store dry goods and pantry items.
In the family room or living room a media cabinet, TV stand or entertainment center offer the ideal place to store electronic components, hide cords and cables, and organize accessories and media such as DVDs, blue rays and video games. Many offer plenty of additional cabinet or drawer space to store additional items such as toys, games, books and other items. And larger entertainment centers offer display space for decorative accents.
Storage Coffee Tables
In the living room or family room, your coffee table offers opportunity for storage. Look for storage coffee tables with shelves and drawers, these can help you contain the small knickknacks in your living spaces. If you have larger things to store, look for a trunk or large, lidded basket to serve as your coffee table. These have the benefit of storing larger items, but beware that you’ll need to remove everything from the top each time you want access to the items inside.
Great for the living room, game room or home office, a storage ottoman offers not just extra seating and a place to kick up your heels, but plenty of room to store throws, games, toys and other household items.
Sofa Tables with Storage
For further storage in the family room, look for sofa tables that offer storage. To expand your choices in sizes and styles, look though options for sideboards and buffets, many do not have a specifically dining room look and could just as easily be used in the living room. Any of these would be an excellent way to keep your family room clutter contained.
Rather than storing things under your bed being tucked behind the bed skirt, there are many options for storage beds. Queen and king beds with under-bed drawers provide a handy dust-free way to stow linens, out-of-season clothing or shoes. Additionally, some headboards provide cubbies, shelving and drawers to provide a place to keep convenient items bedside, whether a book and reading glasses, a reading light, eye mask, ear plugs and the like.
Storage Chest - Armoire
Bedrooms can also gain additional storage by adding a storage chest or armoire. Dressers tend to be long and low, whereas chests and armoire will have a smaller footprint with more vertical storage space. If you are tight on space and need more places to store things, going vertical will make a huge difference. Some dressers have the option to add a dresser stack offering a few additional drawers of space.
Kids Storage Beds
In your kids’ bedroom, there are plenty of options for extra storage. Whether you opt for a bed with bookcase for headboard and trundle storage beneath, or loft beds with built in storage stairs, chest, or bookshelf, there are many configurations for optimizing storage space in your kid’s room. And all these choices come in handy for toys, games, clothes, books, projects and other keepsakes.