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The key to a clutter-free living room is having a clean, put-together, and inviting space, but what if you have a small space or you own a lot of stuff? From throws to books to board games, you probably have a handful of items you need to store in your living room. The good news is—there are creative and simple storage ideas that can help 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 your mess to a minimum.
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If you already have built-ins in your living room, like those in Amber Pierce's home, you're one step ahead. If not, it's fairly easy to DIY, or hire a carpenter, to add lovely space-saving shelves that blend into the rest of your room. Built-in bookcases are the perfect spot for knick-knacks, too, but be sure to keep the items minimal so the room doesn't look cluttered.
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Opt for Double-Duty Furniture
Consider bringing in pieces of furniture that work overtime in your living room, like this kitchen island from Afro Bohemian Living. This boho-inspired unfinished wood piece not only provides separation in the open floor plan, but it also has drawers and shelves to stash away clutter.
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Use Side Tables
When buying side tables for your living room, look for those that have extra storage built into them. The modern side tables from Ashley Montgomery Design have a lower shelf for storing books or magazines. However, you can even swap in a nightstand with a drawer for even more hidden storage.
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Keep It Clean
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 the perfect example. Not only do they feature open shelving for knick-knacks, but they also have hidden storage underneath for board games and puzzles.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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Used on a coffee table, as seen in this image from Burchard Design Co., or under a TV stand, baskets are wonderful for hiding odds and ends in a living room. Toss in items like dog toys, throws, or pillows. Baskets also come in many different styles to perfectly match nearly any decor.
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Add a Shelving Unit
If you don't have built-ins, introducing a shelf that works well with the rest of your space is a great way to add extra storage to your living room. This minimalist living room from Calimia Home features a natural wood shelf on the perimeter that blends well enough to feel intentional while adding extra storage to the small space.
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Add a Hutch
Often reserved for dining rooms, a hutch or a sideboard in your living room can provide hidden storage. We love this vintage piece from Kaelyn Guerin. It provides surface space for flowers, coffee table books, and candles, but also has cabinets and drawers for all of your other must-haves.
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Add a Coffee Table With Storage
An easy way to add extra storage space to your living room is to pick furniture with built-in storage. You can find ottomans and coffee tables (like this one from LA Designer Affair) that can easily double as storage for blankets, linens, and technology.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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Try Floating Shelves
Utilizing floating shelves 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 extra storage space for objects or art, too.
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Use a Dresser
Consider elegantly displaying a buffet or a dresser in your living room, like this one from Leaf + Lolo. A buffet can also provide an alternative to the traditional TV stand if you need more storage space but still want a chic and classy piece.
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Display Fireplace Wood
No room to store wood for your fireplace? Consider turning this winter necessity into rustic art and displaying it instead, like in this living room from Milk and Honey Life. Fill a shelf with tidied-up logs for a fresh, Scandinavian-inspired look and feel.
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Go Boho With Your Decor
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 Modern House Vibes is perfect for adding a little bit of storage while helping to tie the rest of the room's look together.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Create a Library
Carve out a nook of your living room for a library to house your favorite books. Use simple shelving or create built-ins for a space-saving option. Add a comfy chair, some lighting, and a plant or two, to create a reading nook you can escape to on a winter day.
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Utilize Cushion Storage
Double-duty furniture, like a storage sofa or a bench, helps hide the clutter that would otherwise make your living room look like a mess. Tuck blankets and throws underneath the cushions of your couch. Put slippers and shoes under bench cushions. You can also stash chargers, cords, and remotes underneath, too.
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Incorporate a Ladder
Ladders work well for hanging throws, blankets, and a cozy sweatshirt, while also adding style and flair to your decor. Use a simple farm ladder, or opt for a ladder with shelves to showcase books, plants, and storage baskets that act as catch-alls for keys, watches, and notepads.
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Create a Modular Display
Modular wall displays add a modern storage touch to almost any vacant wall in your living room. Use one as an entertainment system, with the television as the central point surrounded by books and decor items. Modulars can also be used to showcase items of interest, like vintage records and a record player. Choose a modular unit with both cabinets and open shelves to hide your clutter while displaying other items that act as decor.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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Add a Window Seat
While windows bring natural light into your living room, they can also act as a cozy reading nook. Opt for a window bench seat with comfy pillows and storage underneath. Tuck away books, laptops, cords, and chargers. You can even store toys and your kid's favorite stuffed animals inside.
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Organize Cords and Remotes
Unsightly power strips can be housed inside a cable organizer with a wooden lid and hole for the cable. No one will even know it's there! Use cable blocks to organize cell phone chargers, and headphone stands to hold your headphones when they're not in use. Remotes and other technology accessories can be housed in a small basket or crate on your coffee table, as well.
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Designate a Kid Area
Large living rooms are perfect for watching television, reading, and playing with toys. And kids need their special space, too. Designate a corner of your living room as a play nook for your child. Outfit it with shelving and cabinets, perfect for books and toys, a soft rug, and even a craft table, if you have the room. While parents enjoy their favorite mini-series on TV, kids can be playing quietly in their special nook.
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Add Storage Under the Stairs
Many living rooms contain stairs to access the second floor, and this space often goes overlooked when thinking about the floor plan. Under-stair storage can consist of built-in shelving, hidden storage drawers, and even roll-out closets for coats and shoes. Tuck an office space under your living room stairs, complete with a small desk and shelving. Or use hidden roll-out bins to store sporting equipment.