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6 (Deceptively Simple) Living Room Storage Ideas

The living is easy when your gathering space keeps clutter out of sight so you can relax

By Jan Soults Walker

Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, collections, and more can overrun your living room. Here are some ideas that keep your living room looking good and all your stuff organized and easy to find.

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Get a leg up

Expect living room furnishings to do double duty. A storage ottoman offers comfort and beauty while providing hidden storage beneath the seat for stowing magazines, games, or throws.

Skirt the issue

Add a fabric skirt to a console table to create hidden storage. Tuck baskets and bins behind the curtain for sorting DVDs, CDs, and video games. If your home's entryway opens directly into the living room, the space beneath a skirted console can also conceal footwear, winter gear, and sporting goods.

Table the trouble

Joel Snayd
Look for an occasional, coffee, or console table with shelves and/or drawers to augment living room storage. Choose one that fits where you need it, complements your style, and offers ample surface for beverages, books, and baubles.

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Choose the Perfect Coffee Table.

Finesse with furniture

Add an armoire or dresser to your furniture lineup to increase closed storage opportunities. Specialty armoires are available that double as a fold-away office or media center. Refresh a dresser to fit your living room decor to provide additional opportunities for display as well as hidden storage.

Find shelf satisfaction

Joann Kandrac & Kelly Kole
Declutter existing shelves by adding bins, baskets, and decorative boxes for concealing small items. If your living room lacks shelves and the vertical space for hanging them, consider adding shelving up high—even above windows.

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Customize clutter

Design a built-in to instill your living room with architectural interest while providing a beautiful bank of cabinetry, drawers, and open shelves.

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