Living room storage tricks - how to store in style

rustic oak tv stand against blue wall

It can be difficult to relax in your living room if there is lots of clutter everywhere, so good living room storage solutions are a must. The problem is that there are so many different storage ideas for the living room it can be hard to know where to start. The best sort of living room storage should not only be incredibly practical and functional but should look good too and fit with the rest of the décor in the room. Reclaimed wood furniture, for example, will fit with most aesthetics, but what else do you need to consider? Let's explore more.....

What do you need to store?

Before you can make the best decisions on the type of storage you need, you need to think about what you actually want to store. Some pieces of furniture like an industrial sideboard can be used to store a wide range of items, whilst a bookshelf with open storage only works for things you are happy to have on display. If you have larger items to store, such as cushions or throws then you will also need to make sure that they will fit in your chosen storage.  A wooden blanket box is a great option for this as it can double-up as a rustic coffee table.

reclaimed wooden chest

Freestanding or built-in

Another factor to consider is whether you would prefer freestanding storage or something that is built-in. Freestanding is a practical option if you like to experiment and change your room around from time to time, or if you're renting or move homes regularly, whilst built-in can be a practical way of using odd or awkward spaces in a room.  A mixture of both is often the best solution. 

Make a statement

The right piece of furniture will be more than just a good storage solution in your living room. It can be something that helps make a statement. Don’t be afraid to consider options that stand out amongst your other pieces of furniture. It can be a good idea to create a focal point in your living room, so why not do this with a piece of rustic furniture that is practical as well as eye-catching. 

reclaimed wooden sideboard with six drawers

Multipurpose furniture

Some pieces of furniture can have more than one use, so if you are looking for clever storage solutions consider something such as a rustic coffee table with drawers, chests and even wooden sideboards. Even the humble bookshelf can be multipurpose and certainly doesn’t need to be used just for books. A reclaimed wood TV stand can also be a really useful piece of furniture, especially if it features deep drawers, providing you with somewhere useful to keep those remote controls and instruction manuals. 

Don’t neglect your bay window

This is a very under-utilised area in a living room but with some careful thought, it can really become a valuable storage space. You may want to place a free-standing piece of reclaimed wood furniture, for example, a wooden storage chest or a round nest of tables there. Alternatively, why not consider a built-in window seat with hidden storage. 

large window with built-in wicker storage baskets

Closed storage

Finally, don’t forget to consider closed storage solutions to help you keep the clutter you don’t want to see out of sight. Cupboards and drawers can really be your friends when it comes to storing all of your belongings and creating a more uncluttered look in your home. 

rustic oak highboard with metal handles

Tell us....

Do you have any storage tricks? How do you clear the clutter in your home? Share your ideas and photos in the Comments below.


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