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Storage Is Served! Dining Room Organization Ideas

stress less and enjoy your meal more when the dining room is clean and clutter-free

By Jan Soults Walker

What to do with all your dining room doodads? Here are some organization ideas for storing all the gear that goes along with enjoying a good meal.

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Dowel Dynamics

A buffet, armoire, or sideboard are all common choices for storing dishware and linens in the dining room, but have you considered repurposing a dresser? Strategically locate vertical dowels inside deep drawers to securely hold stacks of dishes steady inside the drawer.

You can also retrofit the inside of an armoire or a cabinet with towel holders and use them to hang linens crease-free. One option is a towel-drying rack that swings or slides out of the cabinet.

Open Contemporary Dining Room
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Double Duty

In a less formal dining area, a banquette optimizes seating while offering storage opportunities within the bench base. Choose a bench design with a seat that lifts to provide access to storage inside the base or opt for a base with drawers or cubbies to hold baskets. Banquette storage is ideal for napkins, placemats, tablecloths, games, books, and CDs.

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Shelf Satisfaction

Dining Nook Storage Shelves
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Open shelves offer abundant storage space for your more attractive dishes, glassware, and serving pieces while using them to bring color and interest to your dining room. Intersperse open shelves with baskets for concealing stacks of napkins or other smaller items that you'd rather keep out of sight.

Even if much of your dining room's vertical space has been put to use with cabinets or artwork, consider installing shelves high on the wall, aligning the display with the top edge of windows and doorways.

Here are some tips on how to arrange open shelving displays.

Table with a Secret

Some dining tables harbor hidden storage. Look for models with options such as a top that slides back to reveal divided storage for flatware, napkins, and placemats. Other tables feature drawers below the tabletop or open shelves within a pedestal base.

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