When it comes to clearing the clutter in your living space, it’s tempting to think of pushing it all to the garage or a storage unit. Before you pack it all up on storage containers, keep these affordable, simple storage ideas in mind to organize and store items that will free up your living space.
Decor-Friendly Storage Furniture
Storage containers aren’t known for being attractive or decor-friendly, but attractive storage furniture is available online and at many box store retailers in your area. Storage furniture enables you to add storage options to every room in your home without the need to make room for bulky containers or shelving.
Storage Couch. Remember the old-school “sleep away” couch with the fold out mattress option? While some retailers offer a version of that couch today, many have modernized their furniture options with storage. Look for couches that offer storage for items that clutter up your coffee tables and entryway. Look for couches with pull-out drawers, under cushion storage, or a storage chaise option.
Minimalist Entertainment Centers.
Gone are the days of the bulky armoire or massive TV storage unit. While wall-mounted TVs look sleek and clean, they don’t offer much for storage. Enter the mounted floating entertainment center option. Clean, contemporary, and available in a variety of styles and prices, wall-mounted entertainment centers offer the best of both worlds for storage and clean design.
Dining & Kitchen Storage
Dining areas take up a lot of space, especially when a table and four to six chairs are involved. If you have a corner or a wall in your dining space, consider adding a booth instead of a table. Custom options will give you storage under the booth seats and setting the booths against a wall will give you more space for walkways and additional shelving or free-standing storage furniture. Add cushions and wallpaper to jazz it up and make it more inviting.
If your kitchen counters are littered with supplies and items that should be organized in cabinets or drawers, consider adding an island with storage. Even better, using an island as a dining/storage option can free up a lot of space on your counters and your dining area.
Patio Enclosure for Storage or Living Space
Do you need additional living space to make room for storage furniture in your main living area? Consider a patio enclosure; there are many creative options that can fit every budget. Patio enclosures are a fabulous option for areas famous for outdoor-living weather.
Free-Standing Building for Storage or Living Space
A free-standing building provides a very affordable and flexible option for more storage or living space if you have some land or even a small yard. If you absolutely need additional storage space in your home but lack the time to organize a patio enclosure or plan for a room addition, pre-engineered prefab buildings or prefab metal carports are definitely the way to go. Even if the inside isn’t completely finished, you can still use the building for storage as you complete the interior touches.
Adding storage space to your home is never “one size fits all.” Start small and work your way up to maximizing your storage space and balancing it with your decor and style. If you’re going to buy furniture online, be sure to check out our Buying Furniture Online guide.