Storage ideas that create more space
Be creative and your own designer
Storage space doesn't just have to be functional, it can add a whole new accent to rooms.
Floor-to-ceiling furniture filled with books, framed family photos and favorite home accessories create a presence that makes you unique.
If you'd rather put storage in the background, use niches.
Step shelves and custom elements in the same shade as the walls create a camouflage effect and allow the background and interior to blend smoothly.
Our living space needs harmony and structure to make us feel comfortable.
If the available space is misused or stressed, it will disrupt the visual flow of the room.
Therefore, restore a relaxing atmosphere with these storage ideas.
Use flat surfaces
Use every free flat surface in the room. Instead of cramming all your favorite things like candles, succulents, books or decorative items onto the coffee table,
spread some objects out on unused flat surfaces like the fireplace surround or windowsill. If you have an extensive magazine collection,
stack it under the coffee table - or use the magazine tower as a side table. The coffee table doesn't have to be left completely empty.
Basically, evenly distributing the objects makes for a harmonious and orderly look. Tip: Use your radiator as a storage surface.
Since we only use our radiators three to five months out of the year, the rest of the time we can use them as storage space.
Building a radiator shelf yourself or buying a cover is recommended for both safety and aesthetics.
Experiment with non-traditional furniture
Think outside the box when it comes to choosing furniture for your living room.
A traditional commode, for example, is an obvious choice for the dining room, but also sits beautifully in place of a bookshelf.
In this case, the natural wood adds an element of rustic country character.
While the boxy design blends in with the modern sofa and table, the look remains contemporary.
Also, choose multipurpose furniture that can accommodate diverse items or serve more than one function.
Customize cabinet wall and create wall-to-wall systems
A floor-to-ceiling wall unit gives a lot of space to useful areas and tables throughout the living room.
This is obviously good for functional reasons, but it also beautifies the walls.
Invest in shelving that runs from wall to wall in a living room.
A row of open shelves or cabinets with glass fronts on a living room wall, opens up a lot of space for favorite finds.
Combine this with low cabinets or drawers for easy access to everyday items. Here, step shelves are a perfect solution.
Long commodes or sideboards also stretch the space. Just use a slim media cabinet or shallow commode in a corner to keep items out of sight.
Hide cluttered items behind large tabletop decor or a large-scale painting.
Floating shelves are easy to install yourself and instantly make rooms more elegant and sophisticated.
Do not forget corners and window seat
Corners often end up as dead space in living rooms. One solution is to have custom storage that perfectly fits the area.
This empty corner could then be a neat workstation or home library.
Step shelves in particular integrate well with this. Make the most of the space by designing windows with custom solutions.
Make use of unused wall space with integrated elements, especially at height.
Window seats are popular places to sit and store books or plants.
With no living space, try to get the most out of the window area, even if it's just to free up a little sunlight corner so you can get some daily energy.
Ladder style shelves
Increase your storage space with ladder style shelving. A slanted ladder shelf is a great way to create more storage space without cluttering up your living room.
Not only are they an interesting alternative to traditional shelving, but they're also great for lighter designs or rooms with limited space.
However, attach the frame to the wall for safety reasons.
Freestanding furniture for niches
Make the best use of the available space. Many larger living rooms have niches on either side of a fireplace.
This is a natural place for storage. The ideal choice is to install custom cabinets and shelving.
If you want to save some money, you can make first-class use of the space even on a small budget. Freestanding furniture pieces are suitable here as the space
is used effectively due to its width limitations. Use tall units to optimally fill every square inch of the offered storage.
Back to back
What is behind your sofa? If the sofa is not pressed against the wall and you still have space left, you can display books,
plants or the magazine collection in this area.
For example, a rustic wooden bench contrasts with a modern light gray sofa.
Step shelves, customized with drawer and cabinet inserts as you need them, also create more storage space here and organize the room.
Hide things under furniture
You don't have to hide everything under your sofa or other furniture, but instead of going through the hassle of remodeling
or installing floating shelves yourself, just sort your books into neat piles and put them under your side table, coffee table,
sofa or whatever furniture has some free space. This additionally adds some color and individuality to your home's look.
However, make sure you don't pack the room too full.
Use baskets and vintage storage cases
Probably the easiest and cheapest way to free up more storage space is baskets. If your living room is full of books,
you can keep your shelves from looking too chaotic by using baskets to group and store books.
Place similar colors and sizes next to each other for an organized feel. Organize them by subject or author.
Baskets are neutral all-rounders for blankets, throws or clothes. You can also repurpose an old crate or wire basket for something more streamlined.
Give new life and meaning to old, beloved pieces for a versatile interior full of charm.
A vintage storage trunk not only adds a touch of history to a room, but can also be used as a coffee table.
In the bedroom, it is recommended to stack the suitcases to create a particularly stylish flair and at the same time conveniently store everything.
Meanwhile, you can buy sturdy, high-quality solid wood vintage pieces cheaply in antique stores, on Ebay or Amazon.
Storage trunks are great for modern living spaces because they offer well-organized storage while acting as a unique piece of furniture
that is full of character and personality.
Optimize storage with a wooden sideboard or step shelf.