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HOW TO CREATE A LIVING ROOM STORAGE

To equip you with the skills to fully utilize your living space ideas, a compilation was made that will help every homeowner who dreams of having a living room storage. Investing in savvy small living room storage ideas can be a real game-changer for bijou spaces, whether that’s serious wall-to-wall cabinetry, or coffee tables and ottomans with secret storage to stash all those ‘miscellaneous’ items.

Finding the right pieces can be a balancing act between practicality and personality, and just because you’ve got a small space, it doesn’t have to mean frugality.

You can still have fabulous statement pieces and shelfie-worthy displays, it’s just about being more discerning with your storage options. Slim-line, wall-hung, built-in and multifunctional buys are your allies in a small living room.

1. MAXIMIZE SPACE IN A SMALL LIVING ROOM WITH BUILT IN STORAGE

small living room with built in overhead storage, small grey sofa and an ottoman

Generally, built-in is best when it comes to storage in a small space. If you’re blessed with tall ceilings, capitalise on the height, and go all out for floor-to-ceiling cabinetry.

‘My preference is always wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling on storage,’ says David Conlon, founder of En Masse Bespoke (opens in new tab). ‘Visually, it’s less disruptive than a wall with separate shelves, the odd cabinet and stand-alone furniture. The storage you gain from going full height allows you to use the floor space for things the walls can’t hold like the sofa or coffee table. Hiding storage with touch-open doors also ensures you don’t really know it’s there.’

2. DON’T IGNORE YOUR ALCOVES

Modern living room with exposed brick wall painted white and fireplace. Make the most of every nook and cranny and add bespoke storage to recesses where you can.

‘Awkward corners and alcoves are considered the most impractical and tricky areas to work with and are often left unused, but these can be great storage opportunities,’ says Neville Johnson (opens in new tab)’s senior furniture designer Simon Tcherniak. ‘Fitted furniture can be built directly into the apex to ensure that no space is wasted, creating floor-to-ceiling storage that truly maximizes your room’s potential.’

3. ADD A STORAGE BENCH

Blue storage bench built into a small living room alcove

Clutter, be it TV remotes, tech or toys are the nemesis of small living rooms so custom storage benches are a godsend for family living rooms. ‘We designed this seating nook to store the kids’ toys and everyday ‘stuff’ at a height that was accessible for the little ones,’ says Jordan Russell of 2LG Studio (opens in new tab). ‘It’s made from Valchromat – a clever composite that has the colour running all the way through it so it won’t chip or scratch like a painted surface might in a high-traffic area.’

4. RAISE STORAGE FURNITURE OFF THE FLOOR

small living room with large blue velvet corner sofa and floating TV unit

A media unit is often low-slung, but by picking it up off the floor it suddenly becomes the perfect height for a desk, too. Not only that, it means you can get away with squeezing a larger piece of furniture in next to it as the exposed floor underneath provides visual breathing space.

5. SWAP FORMAL FITTED FURNITURE FOR ECLECTIC PIECES

Small living room with pink brick fireplace and alcoves filled with mid-century modern furniture

If formal fitted joinery leaves you feeling a bit meh, choose vintage pieces with bags of character for your small living room storage. Go for similar-style designs to create the same symmetrical vibe as bespoke units, but with a bit more dynamism and flair.

‘The industrial-style shelving and mid-century sideboards were chosen to fit the recesses perfectly, with the long hairpin legs leaving plenty of room underneath to keep it airy and spacious,’ says Leah Chisnall of Absolute Project Management(opens in new tab).

6. FRAME A FIREPLACE

fireplace surrounded by sage green built in storage

If you don’t have the obligatory pair of alcoves either side of your chimney breast don’t fret – you can still get your small living room storage fix. ‘By installing wall-to-wall storage around the mantelpiece we created a deliberately framed view of the stunning fireplace,’ says Becky Russell of Kingston Lafferty(opens in new tab).

‘Installing coving in front of the joinery made it look like it’s always been there, and matching the joinery color to the surrounding walls keeps it subtle. The routered lines in the joinery echo the shapes of the tiles and add a contemporary twist.’

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