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5 living room storage ideas that are both functional and fashionable

Here’s how to save space the stylish way…

Whether cosy or spacious, modern or traditional, the living room is the hub of social activity in any home. It’s where we do most of our, well, living, so it’s important that the living room is a space that you can really enjoy.

One thing we don’t enjoy however, is clutter. That’s why effective storage is key to any successful living room design. We’re here to show you some of our favourite ways to introduce storage into your living area in a smart, stylish way. Let’s take a look.

Select furniture with more than one use

Not all furniture is created equal, and some items of furniture are more useful than others. Consider investing in furniture items with more than one use, such as sofas with storage space underneath them, or side tables with cupboard space. A nest of tables is a great alternative to a larger coffee table in cosier living areas.

You can also invest in a storage chest rather than a coffee table. From the outside, these take up about the same amount of space as a coffee table, but offer plenty of interior storage space for all the bits and pieces you don’t necessarily want out on display.

Create a custom wall unit

Bookcases and shelving units are a great way to create some storage space, but nothing beats a custom wall unit that’s been specially built to fit from floor to ceiling in your living room. This option may be a bit of an investment initially, but the pay off is more than worth it. A large unit of open shelves adds something really special to any living area, giving you the chance to show off some of your favourite ornaments, books, photographs and knick-knacks.

Invest in baskets

Baskets are one of the simplest ways to introduce more storage into your living room, but they are also one of the most effective. Baskets can be used as an easy way to store throws and blankets, or — if you have an open fire — you can store your firewood and kindling inside.

The right basket will add a rustic sense of country charm to your home, and that can help make your home feel warmer and more welcoming.

Install floating shelves

As we’ve already mentioned, bookcases and shelving units are an easy way to introduce more storage into your living room, but in smaller spaces they can be overwhelming.  A bulky piece of wood furniture can feel out of place in a more compact living space, which is why floating shelves are so useful.

This is a way to introduce more storage into your living room without sacrificing floorspace or the general sense of space overall. Floating shelves are just that: a single horizontal shelf attached directly to the wall, with no need to further support. Install as many as you like to show off your favourite items.

Treat yourself to a bar cart

Is there a more glamorous storage solution than the bar cart? Harking back to the endless glamour of the roaring 20s, bar carts offer a handy way to keep all your spirits, mixers and glasses on hand, while also creating a stylish focal point in your living room.

And you don’t have to exclusively use a bar cart for drink either. Repurposing a bar cart as a general storage unit is a stylish and unique way to remove the clutter from your living room.

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