Written by Laurie Davidson

5 living room storage ideas

Revamping your living room this year? Keep your space tidy and stylish by investing in some aesthetically-pleasing storage to keep your clutter out of sight but still very much accessible.

From multifunctional pieces to statement sideboards, Good Homes has you sorted with five storage solutions to inspire, plus plenty of best buys to invest in.

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1. Make it multifunctional

Pieces with a double use are key to keeping your room tidy, and this coffee table is not only used as a display surface, but the cupboards underneath offer both open and closed storage space. Pictured below the Otto coffee table with cupboard in Classic White, £139, Nöa & Nani.

Living room storage coffee table with hidden compartments in cream and natural space

Photo: Noa and Nani

2. Keep it on side

An underrated item, the side table is super handy as a place for drinks and lamps – but also for savvy storage, and the latest designs deliver for both style and function. If it’s to go next to a sofa, make sure to check the height of the table when buying, so it’s roughly in line with the arm, and doesn’t look too short or tall in comparison. Pictured below: Pendelbury walnut side table, £229, Made.com; Rivet Meeks side table, £68.39, Amazon; Ebonised black ash caddy, £650, Anden.


3. Invest in a sideboard

Statement sideboards are having a moment, being ideal for keeping much-used items close by that you don’t necessarily want out on show, while being a beautiful piece of furniture in their own right. Perfect for storing barware, tablelinens or toys and games, a sideboard also makes a great display surface for a curated collection of accessories. An example is the Fuji sideboard, £1,029, Barker and Stonehouse.

Japandi sideboard with panels against wooden wall with framed palm picture

Photo: Barker and Stonehouse

4. Don’t ignore your sofa

If you’re constantly losing your TV remote or phone when snuggled up on the sofa, choose a design with a centre console. This sofa not only has cup holders built in, but transforms into a bed too. Multi-tasking at its finest, Storeaway Wander two-corner recliner with sofabed and console in Beauford Velvet in Navy Blue, £3,099, DFS.

Blue ottoman sofa living room storage

Photo: DFS

5. Reinvent the bookcase

A versatile piece for any room, use the humble bookcase to keep books and files in a home office but also to display ornaments, or as a dining-room addition for crockery and glasses. Have tall ceilings? Use the top as an extra shelf for storage baskets or a home for house plants. Try this Fremont bookcase in Smoked Oak, £999, Fishpools.

Open bookcase living room storage with black frame

Photo: Fishpools