The living room is the “public” area in a home. We spend so much time there alone, with family or friends. However, there are always so many little things in there, such as magazines, books, your electronic devices, their chargers and even varieties of adornments that you use once in a while to decorate your living room. As we all know, the simple solution is to put enough storage space there. Not all the homes are spacious, even if you do luckily have a big living room. We don’t want to just put a random big shelf that blocks a chunk of your window, or weirdly standing in the corner. So well use the living room area is going to help a lot for the storage. Today we are looking at solutions for living room storage. We can divide the storage into different areas such as the TV area, couch area, furniture that has storage ability and walls. The purpose is to find every possible way to conveniently put away all the little things and still have a nice looking living room.
TV Storage Area
This is an example of built-in shelves all the way around the TV , from bottom to top. It surely created a lot of storage space. However, I know some of you will say it is too much, it looks too busy.
This is a good example to avoid the “too busy” feeling. You can turn some of the shelves into cabinet. Look at the design of the cabinet in this living room. They made it not as deep as the upper wall which reduce the “too full” feeling. The well use of the color that matches the floor makes the whole area feel connected and smooth. Plus the combination of the shelves and cabinet easily helps to avoid the “boring” feeling.
The next solution to avoid the “too busy” feeling is to put some sliding doors.
Here are some nice urban looking sliding doors that can either cover your TV area or the shelves area. In this situation, you do not need cabinets any more.
Look at this stylish modern sliding doors! The column bars has the extension visual effect that makes the whole room feels taller. And the wood coffee table is such a nice color match with the doors.
Couch Storage Area
If you have enough space that could allow you to leave some room between the wall and your couch, you could totally create your storage area there by putting some bookcases with glass doors. Then the whole upper wall can be your decoration space for some plants or some painting. You could even leave the painting on top of the bookcases and lining towards the wall instead of hanging it.
You can also choose a built-in bottom to top shelf in this area for more storage space. By dividing fewer blocks it will help avoid that “too busy” feeling. Do you like an accent wall in your home? (click here for our accent wall interior ideas) It is always a bit risky to paint a very dark color accent wall, however, if a light color build-in shelf could potentially lower this risk.
Here is another good idea. We can combine the cabinet and shelves to save the more storage idea. The matching couch and the shelves made the connection smooth. The blue color inside the shelves is a very nice touch.
Furniture Storage Area
With a small table stand like this, you can both save the space from a regular table stand and have some storage room for a couple of magazines and controllers.
There are also table stands built-in with the sofa that can provide storage.
Don’t miss out the ottoman and coffee table to give you more hidden room.
Wall Storage Area
Instead of a regular wall, you can use shelves as a divider that would provide you storage space and makes the two area feel more connected.
What did you think about all of these storage ideas? Let us know in the comments!