12 Creative Living Room Storage Ideas

Floor to ceiling books

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Keeping your living room clutter-free is the key to having a put-together and inviting space, but what if you have a small space or you simply own a lot of stuff? From throws to books to board games, you probably have a handful of things you need to store in your living room. The good news is there are creative and simple storage ideas that can help you keep your space tidy while providing a home for everything you have.

Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite living room storage ideas to keep mess to a minimum.

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    Add Built-Ins

    Shiplap with shelving

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    If you already have built-ins in your living room like these in amberpiercedesigns' home, you're one step ahead. If not, it's fairly easy to DIY or hire a carpenter to add some lovely shelves that blend in with the rest of your room. Built-in bookcases are the perfect spot for a few knick-knacks, but be sure to keep your shelves minimal to keep the room from looking cluttered.

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    Opt for Double Duty Furniture

    Living room with a console table

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    Consider bringing in pieces of furniture that can work overtime in your living room, like this kitchen island from afrobohemianliving. This boho-inspired unfinished wood piece not only provides separation between the open floor plan kitchen and living spaces, but also has drawers and shelves to stash stuff away.

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    Pick Side Tables With Storage

    Living room with orange couch

    Ashley Montgomery Design

    When buying side tables for your couch, look for those that have a little extra storage built in. These modern side tables from Ashley Montgomery Design have an extra lower shelf for storing books or magazines, but you can even swap in a nightstand with a drawer for even more hidden storage.

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    Keep It Clean

    White built-in unit

    Britt Design Studio

    When you style your living room's open shelving, keeping it neat and tidy is key to perfecting this look. These built-ins from Britt Design Studio are perfect because they not only feature exposed open shelving for knick-knacks and objects, but they also have hidden storage underneath for board games or puzzles.

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    Use Baskets

    Living room with a white couch

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    Whether on a coffee table, as seen in this image from burcharddesignco, or under a TV stand, baskets are wonderful for hiding odds and ends in a living room. Not only can you easily toss things like dog toys, throws, or pillows in them, but baskets also come in so many different styles that they're perfect for matching with nearly any decor.

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    Bring in a Shelving Unit

    Living room with white couches

    Calimia Home

    If you don't have any built-in units, introducing a shelf that works well with the rest of your space is a great way to add a little extra storage in your living room. This minimalist living room from Calimia Home features a natural wood unit off to the side that blends in well enough to feel intentional, but adds extra storage to the small space.

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    Add a Hutch

    Living room with a hutch

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    Though sometimes reserved for dining rooms, consider using a hutch or a sideboard in your living room. We love this vintage piece from hausguerin that not only provides surface space for flowers, coffee table books, or candles, but also has hidden storage for all of your other must-haves.

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    Pick a Coffee Table With Storage

    living room with tuffed couches

    LA Designer Affair

    One easy way to add extra storage space to your living room is to pick furniture with built-in storage. You can find ottomans, couches, or coffee tables (like this one from LA Designer Affair) that easily open up to offer storage for blankets, linens, and more.

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    Try Floating Shelves

    Living room with leather furniture

    LeClair Decor

    A floating shelf is a great idea if you want something more than a standalone piece, but a full built-in unit is out of reach. These floating wooden shelves from LeClair Decor are perfect for tucking into a corner or a nook, and add a bit of extra storage space for objects or art.

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    Use a Dresser

    Living room with a wooden dresser

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    Consider elegantly displaying a buffet or a dresser in your living room like this one from leafandlolo. This is also a great idea as an alternative to a traditional TV stand if you need more storage space but still want a chic and classy piece.

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    Display Wood Logs

    Shelf with wood and objects

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    No room to store wooden logs for your fireplace? Consider turning them into rustic art and displaying them instead, like in this living room from @milk_and_honey_life. Fill a shelf with cleaned-up logs for a fresh, Scandi-inspired look and feel.

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    Go Boho Design

    Boho shelf in living room

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    When adding a storage piece to your living room, opt for a unit that can instantly become a conversation piece. This lovely vintage boho design shelf from modernhousevibes is perfect for adding a little bit of storage while helping to tie the rest of the look together.