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Storage doesn't need to be hidden. Show off your storage style with these creative displays that are both eye-catching and functional.
Fuse form and function by deciding what items to display and what to tuck away. Here, a collection of books is artfully arranged on the shelves of this built-in, while the cabinet is used to store necessary but not display-worthy gaming gear, DVDs, and board games.
Transform a worktable (that tends to get cluttered with piles) into a functional work space that facilitates creativity. Large baskets hold books, magazines, and bulky supplies. A smaller shelving unit atop the table houses several smaller baskets for paper and writing utensils. A magnetic strip along the side of the cabinet holds scissors and paper punches.
For an avid reader, finding enough storage space for books can be a challenge. But books can be displayed as artwork. Here, stacked, rather than upright, books serve as pedestals and artsy backdrops for a few decorative pieces . Drawers beneath the open shelves provide storage for less display-worthy items.
Turn storage into an artful arrangement in a glass-front armoire. Two shelves inside this piece provide plenty of space to show off beautiful vases and bowls. Four taller pieces of pottery placed on top of the armoire add a splash of color and draw the eye up, emphasizing the room¿s soaring ceilings.
Take advantage of a recessed wall by turning it into a bookshelf. Keeping your little one¿s favorite toys and books on the lower shelves means cleanup after playtime is a snap. A splash of hot pink painted behind just one shelf keeps the structure looking fun..
The wall that bridges both the kitchen and family room in this home begged for some sort of functionality, A unique c-shape wall unit created a cool media center in a snap. The open space in the center houses a wall-mounted TV; shelving provides space for paintings, pottery, and books; and the built-in wine rack adds visual interest.
If cabinet space is at a premium in your kitchen, consider storing your dishware and glasses in an armoire. The glass-front cabinet is a handy place to store dishes you use on a daily basis. The lower cabinets are great for stowing away pots and pans and the drawers can house table linens and silverware.
Combine two pieces of furniture into one fabulous bathroom dressing table. A glass-front cabinet placed on top of a refurbished desk keeps bathroom essentials within reach. Store towels and washcloths on the top two shelves and soaps on the bottom shelf. The desk drawers store makeup and hair accessories.
No toy chest? No problem. A shelving unit like this one stores toys and games within easy reach for kids. As a safety measure, anchor the shelves to the wall for stability. Keep the mess in check by using labeled bins and baskets to make cleanup a breeze.
Display your shoes and keep them dust-free in clear-front cabinetry. The shelf and door combo keeps shoes and accessories organized and makes it easy to see everything when you're getting ready.
Get creative with your jewelry. Trim a metal radiator cover or wire screen to fit inside a frame and stand it at the back of the dresser. Hang earrings from it and use small S-hooks for other items. Then head to the kitchen aisle and pick up a three-tiered serving stand to sort necklaces and pins and a paper towel holder to stack bangles.
A metal cart on wheels keeps bathtime essentials within reach. Store towels and oils on the top shelf and scrubbing supplies on the bottom. Wheel it to the tub when it's time for a bath and wheel it away when you're done.