Storage On Display

Storage doesn't need to be hidden. Show off your storage style with these creative displays that are both eye-catching and functional.

Annika Peick


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Loaded with Storage

    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.

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Kitchen Bookcase Storage

    For an unexpected twist, add a bookcase in the kitchen. Store cookbooks on lower shelves for easy access and display colored serving pieces and dishes on the other shelves. Drawers along the bottom store utensils and linens.

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Glass-Front Cabinet Storage

    Get the look of built-ins using freestanding bookshelves. Here, a glass-front cabinet displays valuables. Mixing books, vases, and bowls makes for an eye-catching display.

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Creative Storage

    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.

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Double-Duty Storage

    Make storage solutions work overtime by using them as a room divider. Here, a large built-in separates the kitchen and living room and stores everything from games and throw blankets to a TV. Open shelving on top and bottom of the piece provides plenty of decorative display space.

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Wooden Crate Storage

    Turn wooden crates into unique kitchen storage by adding drawer pulls, which makes it easier to pull the crates out from the shelves. The crates and metal countertops work together for a vintage, industrial vibe.

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Display and Store Headboard

    This large built-in bookcase functions as a headboard and is perfect for displaying pictures and books. The shelves are roomy enough to store large bins that hold everything from extra blankets to magazines. A sconce with an adjustable arm attached to the bookcase provides light for reading in bed.

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Eye-Catching Shelves

    Paint the inside of a bookcase or cabinets a bright color to make pottery or other collectibles pop. The dusty orange wall behind the crisp white pieces creates a bold style statement. The varying shelf heights provide room to show off large bowls, vases, and artful objects.

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Bookshelf Storage

    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.

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Pretty Kitchen Storage

    Armoires aren't just for living rooms and bedrooms anymore. This armoire has been transformed into a handy kitchen organizer perfect for displaying pretty dishware and accessories. The piece was painted a neutral color to provide a blank canvas for different colored and patterned dishes to shine.

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Artful Armoire

    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.

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Chic Kitchen Cabinets

    Open shelves and cabinet interiors painted a soft shade of blue add a hint of color to an all-white kitchen. The shelves provide the perfect spot to display collectibles and dishware. Frosted glass-front cabinets create an open look while slightly obscuring their contents.

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Built-In Storage

    Add some unexpected display space to your dining area with a built-in. Ideal for housing pictures and small knickknacks, a pair of built-in storage shelves create clever bookends for a sunny window seat.

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Tucked Away Storage

    A small built-in bookshelf tucked away in a corner provides some subtle storage without stealing attention from the room's beautiful decor. The lower shelves are perfect for displaying books and pictures while the upper shelves hold baskets and bins for smaller items.

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Kids' Room Storage

    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..

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Media Center Organization

    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.

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Dining Room Storage

    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.

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Playroom Organization

    Keep your playroom neat and tidy with a large built-in structure. The lower shelves and cabinets store books, toys, and games, while the upper portion houses items that need parental supervision. Leave some desk space in between the shelves so your little ones have plenty of room to get creative.

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Bathroom Storage

    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.

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Home Office Organization

    Keep your desk area clutter-free by installing several large shelves above it. The shelves work great for housing books and magazines. Two metal filing cabinets below the desk store important documents and keep them close at hand.

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Toy Storage

    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.

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