Space-Saving Ways to Add Storage to Your Living and Family Room

Use end tables with shelves to stack books and store small items

Whether we live in live in small houses or larger ones, most of us are looking for the best ways to utilize the space in our living room, or to add family room storage to keep our spaces organized and clutter free.

With that in mind, here are some simple ways to add more storage without taking up a lot of extra room:

Storage ottomans

These multitaskers not only give you a soft place to rest your feet and a surface to set a tray of accessories, goodies, or drinks, but they also provide the perfect place to hide things away.  Extra pillows, toys, and any number of items that you want accessible but not in plain sight.

A large storage ottoman adds a comfy place to rest your feet, hidden storage, extra seating and a cocktail table to set a tray of your favorite accessories or snacks

{The above image features the Kenton ottoman, and you’ll find more family room storage options here.}

Accent chests.

Chests are a versatile piece of furniture that can work in any room of the house, but we like the idea of using a taller chest with drawers in place of an end table if it works in the space.

The Raylan chest worked perfectly in the space below!

Accent chests are a great way to add extra storage to your space. Substitute for an end table, fill a blank wall space, use in an entry or foyer

Please be seated.

Seating with storage is unique and innovative.   It might also be one of my favorite ways to add more function and family room storage without taking up even an inch of extra space.

A sectional with space-saving storage in the ottoman.

For example, the chaise in our Raphael sectional (above and below) opens to reveal a storage compartment inside.  So clever, and a great idea for any family room.

{We show the Raphael in gray in our stores and on our website, but it can also be custom ordered in the fabric of your choice.}

The chaise opens to reveal hidden family room storage.

The Queen Sleeper sectional below (in stores) not only offers storage, but the chaise is reversible so it can be switched to fit your family room layout.   And, as the name implies, it’s a sleeper. Wow.

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Doors and drawers.

Consider using cocktail and end tables with drawers and doors to allow for more family room storage

As you’re shopping for tables and bookshelves, you may want to consider options that have at least some doors and/or drawers.   They provide perfect little spaces to tuck things away out of sight.

Opt for bookshelves with doors or drawers to give you more places to store small items in the living room or family room
Seattle Bookcase

Go Up.

A media console is perfect is perfect for housing TV components and other items, but if you’re looking for even more storage and display without taking up more square footage, consider consider adding a hutch or shelves.

Use a media console and hutch with storage to allow for more storage space

Contain It.

If you prefer open tables without doors or drawers, using items like baskets, bins and suitcases can add a unique spin to your decorating while providing great storage options at the same time. 

If you have open tables, add baskets, trunks and bins to create convenient spots for small family room storage
Caitlyn Table | Inspire Power Reclining Sofa

More organizing and storage inspiration.

Browse more tips, ideas, and inspiration on organizing, along with creative storage options, on our Organization and Storage page!


What’s your favorite way to sneak more storage into your living or family room?

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4 Responses to Space-Saving Ways to Add Storage to Your Living and Family Room

  1. Bryan May 28, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

    LOVE the idea of a storage sectional/sofa! So nifty yet innovative. AND those photos, WOW, you sure have the eye for this industry! ; )

    • PK May 28, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

      The storage sectional is my favorite too, Bryan. And thank you for the compliment!! Very nice of you to say. :-)

  2. Natalie May 28, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    The suitcase idea for the coffee table is a great place to keep all those extra remotes we all have that don’t get used all that often. Looks good too!

    • PK May 28, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

      Yes, Natalie – love hiding those things out of sight, yet easy to get access to.

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