14 Ways to Use Living Room Furniture for Storage

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Keep clutter to a minimum by concealing and organizing your living room necessities. These 14 pieces of furniture will help you store more with style.

Tiered Coffee Table

While the surface of a coffee table offers plenty of function, it can provide even more when you choose a tiered model. Stack books and magazines on the shelf below, and use baskets or trays to corral other items. For added style, reserve decorative items—like candles and floral arrangements—for the top shelf.  

Console Cabinet

Consider a console cabinet an essential piece in an open living room floor plan. It's slightly larger than a console table, and provides more behind-closed-doors space. Position one behind a sofa that "floats" in the middle of a room and you'll have a spot for lamps to illuminate the seating space, plus plenty of storage and a surface for placing drinks. 

Storage Bench

Pack two functions into one with a storage bench. A cushion on top provides a place to sit, while cubbies below can be used for books or bins full of toys, games, or crafts supplies. Place one next to a window for an easy DIY window seat.

Built-Ins

Invest in built-ins to give your living room architectural presence as well as an organized appearance. Frame a doorway with shelves, or consider cabinetry around a fireplace. Built-in bookshelves work especially well for families who love to read and have a large library collection. 

Nesting Tables

Nesting tables, usually in sets of two or three, stack together but can be pulled out for extra tabletop surface as needed. They take up less floor space—ideal for small rooms—but still offer room for storage. This living room features two nesting coffee tables that can be expanded to fit a larger group.

Hutch

Hutches, pie safes, cabinets, and armoires are stylish storage additions for formal or traditional living rooms. These handsome pieces bring substance to a space while providing plenty of storage for organizing necessities. Hutches are ideal for stocking items best kept out of sight, such as extra throws or entertainment gear. 

Ottoman

Available in a variety of shapes, styles, and sizes, ottomans are a flexible way to bring organization and function to your living room. Choose a design with a lid that lifts to reveal a roomy storage compartment ready to store anything, including blankets and gaming equipment. For added functionality, upgrade your ottoman with casters for mobile organization.

Shelving Unit

Shelving units don't have to be boring. They can bring eye-catching attention to a space while also storing your wares. This geometric shelf, for example, has plateaued shelves that dip down for added visual interest. An iron frame keeps the structure sturdy. 

Entertainment Center

If your family loves movies, music, or books, cater your storage needs around that hobby. This entertainment center was made for storing vinyl records, and it keeps a collection of albums in line. Entertainment centers come in all sorts of sizes and shapes, so you're guaranteed to find one that fits your home's needs. 

Bar Cart

Be prepared for unexpected company with a stocked bar cart. Bottles, glassware, and serving utensils stay ready for an impromptu party. Closed storage below lets you conceal miscellaneous items in a hurry. 

Console Table

Like its cabinetry cousin, a console table adds storage but provides a different look. Baskets or bins can be lined up beneath for additional storage. Plus, console tables come in all sizes, so you'll be able to choose a piece that's the perfect fit for your space. 

Coffee Table with Drawers

Drawers stacked beneath the top of a coffee table can conceal all sorts of items, such as board games, remotes, and magazines. Because these furniture pieces tend to be bulky, they work best in larger living rooms. Consider your storage needs before buying. You want to make sure that the drawer measurements will work for the items you need to store.

Skirted Table

Turn a simple table into a storage gold mine with the addition of a skirt. For a DIY version, first cut and hem a piece of fabric to size. Then place hook-and-loop tape around the top edge of the table and attach the skirt. Slide storage bins or carts beneath the table.

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves—especially in unexpected spaces, such as adjacent to a fireplace—are perfect for stashing smaller items. The shelves also help divide the space. Even though there are only two shelves here, the placement creates a third space perfect for stashing firewood. 

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