Living room storage is often an afterthought. It often falls in the void between interior design and interior decor. Whether you’re looking for new storage ideas, trying to maximize existing storage, or just re-organizing furniture—there’s always room for improvement.
Furniture like bookcases, shelving, and cabinets offer great storage options for living rooms. For small living rooms, these aren’t always an option. Even in open living room designs, they can quickly create clutter. This gallery of clever space-saving living room storage ideas can get rid of your clutter quickly and with style!
Storage TV Stands
The Marquesa Storage TV Stand by Bernhardt offers extra storage with style. This design showcases a sandblasted oak finish, elegant metal grills overlaying antiqued mirrored glass doors. This type of TV stand can help hide away lots of clutter!
This showcase of the Hygge End Table by Rachael Ray Home illustrates the powerful space-saving utility of end tables. These pieces of furniture offer shelf storage, drawer storage, and tabletop storage. They can help cut back clutter, store anything from magazines to remote controls, and are perfect places to sit table lamps.
The Castagnier Media Chest by Lark Manor illustrates that just because a piece of furniture is designed for the bedroom doesn’t mean it can work in your living room! This 6-drawer media cabinet has an open two-shelf top perfect for tv receivers or gaming consoles. You might not be able to fit a 72″ TV atop this piece, but you’ll certainly have more living room storage!
This rustic reclaimed fireplace mantle by Blissopia shows how much extra storage space a single piece of wood can provide! Fireplaces are great additions to living rooms. They keep things cozy, inviting, and create a great ambiance. Having a fireplace without a mantle is like having a bookcase without shelves!
The Cordova Table Tray by Arhaus shows what a little corraling of tabletop clutter can accomplish. Table trays are a quick way to reduce clutter while still keeping essential items nearby. Using table trays with felt bottoms or stick-on felt pads will avoid scratching up coffee table surfaces.
The Atelier Entertainment Center by Hooker Furniture showcases what a little built-in storage can offer. This wall unit is very close to what one might expect from a custom bookcase or shelving solution. Not only can these pieces create a style for your living room but the extra shelves, drawers, and cabinets will help manage your messes.
Use Nesting/Bunching Tables
This Bunching Cofee Table by Caracole is a great example of how good furniture design can provide extra storage. This design features two “bonus” tables that can pull out from the main table. These can serve as additional serving tables for guests, temporary end tables for sofas, or even accent tables throughout your living room.
Use Storage Baskets
This Fabric Storage Basket by Charlton Home is an example of a convenient and affordable way to add extra storage. Such baskets can be used to store books, sewing supplies, or even toys. A few of these types of storage baskets can quickly get rid of your living room clutter and add an invaluable storage room.
The Leesburg Accent Chest by Hooker Furniture is a great example of using accent furniture for additional living room storage. This versatile piece works as an end table, a chairside table, or even a conversation piece. The 3-drawer design offers ample storage space to help keep clutter to a minimum. Accent chests come in all shapes and styles to let your imagination run free!
The Storia Bookcase by Hooker Furniture shows how easily a bookcase can remove living room clutter. Shelves, cabinets, and even drawers are common to bookcases and easily provide additional storage space in otherwise unused areas. Bookcases can be placed near corners, near walls, or even near seating. If you’ve got a bit of unused floor space in your living room a bookcase can really help tidy things up!
The Swain Decorative Bowl by Arteriors is an elegant expression of table-top storage options for living rooms. Decorative bowls are very popular and come in a wide range of styles and sizes. You should have no problem finding a decorative bowl, or set of bowls, to complement your existing living room decor.
Showcase Your Firewood
This Luxe Chic Leather Firewood Tote from CB2 is an example of storage with style. Firewood can help fuel a warm and cozy living room but can quickly become a mess. Don’t let your yule logs litter the floor—create a look and store them in style. There are no rules that things like yoga mats, books, or even foam roller balls and exercise equipment can’t be stored in a log tote!
This shot of the Lianes Blanket Ladder from Birch Lane demonstrates how a simple piece of decor can quickly reduce clutter. Blankets are great additions to a living room but can be tricky to store. They can interfere with seating on couches, collect dust when stored under tables and be inconvenient hidden in chests. Blanket ladders help showcase fun fabric patterns, keep blankets out of the way, and allow easy access.
The Terrie Storage Sofa by Willie Arlo Interiors allows for extra storage beneath the seat. This type of hidden storage is great for keeping living room items that aren’t needed on a daily basis. Extra blankets, guest bedding, and even board games can all conveniently be stored away.
The Hornsey Open Bookcase by Carrigan Studio showcases an ample storage solution that doubles as a room divider. While not possible for all living rooms, a room divider can easily help separate living spaces in open floor plan designs. This can offer you more storage in your living room and might even help make your home decor more feng shui!
This shot of the Adela Sofa by Caracole shows that moving your living room furniture around can create extra space. Having large seating pieces such as sofas, sectionals, and loungers near walls will free up space. Even if re-arranging living room furniture doesn’t offer any extra storage, it can free up some room for other furniture pieces that might!
The Belmont Sofa Table by Klaussner Furniture shows how less common types of furniture can easily add more storage space to living rooms. Save space by putting tables, shelves, or even storage drawers behind a sofa. Sofa tables work particularly well for living rooms where sofas form a sort of border between home areas.
Lift-Top Coffee Tables
The Malachy Lift-Top Coffee Table by Gracie Oaks showcases a hidden storage area accessible by lifting on the top. This extra storage space comes at little cost to overall style. Also included in this table are two pull-out drawers that add even more space. Hidden storage ideas like this are great space-saving options to add more storage to any room.
The Arabella Accent Trunk by Hooker Furniture is another illustration of how thinking creatively can help increase living room storage capacity. Trunks are, by design, intended to store things. Almost all trunk designs have a flat surface atop their lids. This makes them perfect replacements for living room furniture when more storage is needed.
The Fishel Floor Lamp by Greyleigh is a prime example of how floor lamps help clear up table space. By sidestepping the need for table lamps, extra storage space for books, magazines, or even table-top organizers can be found. Consider placing floor lamps in corners, behind sofas, or where nothing else can fit.
Rolling Bar Carts
The Cumberland Rolling Bar Cart by Kelly Clarkson Home serves to add extra storage space that can later be removed. This type of temporary storage is great for when entertaining guests, working on a hobby project, or just taking a staycation. Also another opportunity for re-purposing furniture—bar carts can store anything!
The Solace Leather Storage Ottoman by Hooker Furniture illustrates that living room storage doesn’t have to come at the expense of comfort or style. Storage ottomans are similar to trunks and coffee tables but still provide comfortable support for lounging. These are ideal for those seeking extra storage for living rooms that are used mostly for seating, sleeping, or low periods of lounging.
The Reversible Sectional by Winston Porter showcases several built-in storage options—including an armchair organizer (a.k.a. armchair caddy.) Armchair organizers are a great way to free up surface space on your coffee table, end table, or sofa tables. You’ll be free to add some more exciting decor to your living room once those remotes, magazines, and reading glass tucked away.
Add Some Wall Shelves
This Wadebridge Wall Shelving by Three Posts demonstrates how easily extra space can be added to any room. Walls aren’t typically regarded as offering storage. After all—they’re flat. Built-in shelving can get expensive but easily-attached options like these can quickly add more storage space and a flair of style.
Sofas & Sectionals
The Logan 2pc Sectional from Apt2B is a great example of how upgrading your living room’s seating capacity can add more storage. By adding a sofa or sectional, other seats such as armchairs can be replaced with more storage-friendly options like chests or storage cocktail tables. Sofas and sectionals come with hefty price tags so wait until the next seasonal sale.
Bean Bag Lounger Chairs
This Large Lounger Bean Bag Chair by Fatboy is a great example of saving living room space by using movable furniture. While bean bag chairs won’t actually store anything—they can help reduce the need for other seating and allow for more storage furniture. In other words, swap out your armchair for a storage chest and drag in your bean bag chair whenever friends are over!
Mind the Corners
The Lynnfield Corner Bookcase by Zipcode Design shows how a little creative planning can find additional storage without moving around furniture. Corners are areas of rooms that are often neglected. It can be hard to fit furniture in corners but with corner shelves and bookcases you can find some hidden storage for your living room!
Hang Your Plants High
These Hanging Planters by Bungalow Rose illustrate how easily living room table-top space can be saved. By hanging plants from the ceiling, you can avoid having to clutter surfaces of furniture like end tables, bookcases, and other valuable storage locations. In most cases, hanging some planters to free up space for books is more affordable (and easier) than adding extra bookshelves to free up space for plants.
This Modern Magazine Rack by Cyan Design shows the power of combining style with utility! Magazine racks are great ways to complement your living room’s existing style while also providing extra storage. They’re well-placed on floors, coffee table tops, and next to seating areas. Baskets can easily be re-purposed to serve as magazine racks as well.
Remote Control Organizers
The Yamazaki Multimedia Organizer is a great example of how to cut down on tabletop clutter. Remote controls, cell phones, reading glasses, and even pens can quickly clutter your table surfaces. When quick and easy access is needed, a simple tabletop remote control organizer can cure your clutter woes.
Living Room Storage FAQ
Where can I buy furniture for a small living room?
Most of the top-rated online furniture stores carry storage furniture designed specifically for smaller living rooms. These pieces can help create additional storage and open up living areas.
How do I create storage in my living room?
Living room storage can be created in any number of ways. Extra bookcases, chests, tables, or even baskets can get rid of clutter and store away valuables. The ideas in this list are only a few and you should always consider the specific storage requirements of your home before shopping for new furniture.
Can a dresser be used in a living room?
Yes, Absolutely! Dressers, media chests, drawer chests, and accent chests can all be used for living room storage. If it has drawers or shelves it qualifies. Media chests are a specific type of dresser that works particularly well for living room storage.
How can I re-arrange the furniture in my small living room for more storage space?
Extra storage can be created for small living rooms by re-arranging furniture nearest to the outer walls. The largest pieces should be placed closest to the walls with smaller pieces near the center of the room.
Freeing up space in your living room can help improve your day to day lifestyle. A little extra living room storage can go a long way. The tips and ideas here showcase some of the best ideas we’ve seen enacted by design pros over the years. Check out our list of the top furniture websites to find deals on all the living room storage options discussed in this article.
Emma is Home Refinery's interior and design editor. When she's not obsessing over her next home decorating project, she can be found bargain-shopping at vintage stores, mixing and matching new color palettes, and writing for one of many major home publications for which she contributes.