12 Creative Living Room Storage Ideas

By: Victoria Carter

12 Creative Living Room Storage Ideas

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Written by Ashley Knierim

Keeping your living room clutter-free is the key to having a put-together and inviting space, but what if you have a small space or you simply own a lot of stuff? From throws to books to board games, you probably have a handful of things you need to store in your living room. The good news is there are creative and simple storage ideas that can help you keep your space tidy while providing a home for everything you have.

Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite living room storage ideas to keep mess to a minimum.

Add Built-Ins

If you already have built-ins in your living room, you're one step ahead. If not, it's fairly easy to DIY or hire a carpenter to add some lovely shelves that blend in with the rest of your room. Built-in bookcases are the perfect spot for a few knick-knacks, but be sure to keep your shelves minimal to keep the room from looking cluttered.

Opt for Double Duty Furniture

Consider bringing in pieces of furniture that can work overtime in your living room, like this kitchen island from Afro Bohemian Living. This unfinished wood piece looks chic and boho, and not only provides separation between the open floor plan kitchen and living spaces, but also has drawers and shelves to stash stuff away.

Pick Side Tables With Storage

When buying side tables for your couch, look for those that have a little extra storage built in. The modern side tables from Ashley Montgomery Design have an extra lower shelf for storing books or magazines, but you can even swap in a nightstand with a drawer for even more hidden storage.

Keep It Clean

When you style your living room’s open shelving, keeping it neat and tidy is key to perfecting this look. The built-ins from Britt Design Studio are perfect because they not only feature exposed open shelving for knick-knacks and objects, but they also have hidden storage underneath for board games or puzzles.

Use Baskets

Whether on a coffee table, or under a TV stand, baskets are wonderful for hiding odds and ends in a living room. Not only can you easily toss things like dog toys, throws, or pillows in them, but baskets also come in so many different styles that they're perfect for matching with nearly any decor.

Bring in a Shelving Unit

If you don't have any built-in units, introducing a shelf that works well with the rest of your space is a great way to add a little extra storage in your living room. The minimalist living room from Calimia Home features a natural wood unit off to the side that blends in well enough to feel intentional, but adds extra storage to the small space.

Add a Hutch

Though sometimes reserved for dining rooms, consider using a hutch or a sideboard in your living room. We love the vintage piece from Kaelyn Guerin that not only provides surface space for flowers, coffee table books, or candles, but also has hidden storage for all of your other must-haves.

Pick a Coffee Table With Storage

One easy way to add extra storage space to your living room is to pick furniture with built-in storage. You can find ottomans, couches, or coffee tables that easily open up to offer storage for blankets, linens, and more.

Try Floating Shelves

A floating shelf is a great idea if you want something more than a standalone piece, but a full built-in unit is out of reach. The floating wooden shelves from Le Clair Decor are perfect for tucking into a corner or a nook, and add a bit of extra storage space for objects or art.

Use a Dresser

Consider elegantly displaying a buffet or a dresser in your living room like the one from Leaf and Lolo. This is also a great idea as an alternative to a traditional TV stand if you need more storage space but still want a chic and classy piece.

Display Wood Logs

No room to store wooden logs for your fireplace? Consider turning them into rustic art and displaying them instead, like in the living room from Milk and Homey Life. Fill a shelf with cleaned-up logs for a fresh, Scandi-inspired look and feel.

Go Boho

When adding a storage piece to your living room, opt for a unit that can instantly become a conversation piece. The lovely vintage boho shelf from Modern House Vibes is perfect for adding a little bit of storage while helping to tie the rest of the look together.

Kirk Rickman and Victoria Carter
TwoMoveYou Real Estate Century 21 Brighton
6 Ironwood Cres, Brighton, ON K0K 1H0
Phone: (647) 697-7413