17 pieces of storage furniture to make any room look neater

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17 pieces of storage furniture to make any room look neater

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
 Living room by Laquercia21
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It doesn't matter whether you have a gargantuan and sprawling contemporary mansion big enough for a large family or a titchy-tiny rustic cottage; you can always use more storage! Just ask any interior designer in the UK and they'll tell you that you can't ever have more storage than you actually need, which must be why we are seeing such amazing designs being brought into being right now! It's not simply a case of chucking a sideboard into a hallway or adding a set of drawers to a classically elegant living room anymore, as designers are consistently trying to come up with new ideas that will maximise space, minimise impact, look great, function perfectly and leave you with a less cluttered home. Wow. That's one hell of a mantle to live up to, but we think we've found 17 ideas that absolutely manage it! 

If you are constantly wondering how you can organise your home a little more, without needing to rip out walls or swallow up every inch of floor space with bulky cabinets, come with us now as we give you some brilliant ideas!

1. Inset built-in bookshelves use space that's already there but is simply being wasted as a blank wall.

2. Freestanding media centres can be built to very exact specifications and to house specific bulky items.

 Interior landscaping by FURN
FURN

Custom designed shelf including a fireplace

FURN

3. Room divides that double as a bookcase are INGENIOUS!

4. Beautiful custom wall shelves that double as art will never make a bad impression. Those hexagons though! Yes!

 Dining room by Lavolta
Lavolta

comedor, estantes y mesa diseño y fabricación de Lavolta

Lavolta

5. Simple wall recess shelving can be added absolutely anywhere. How about in a small hallway?

 Kitchen by MIRARQ-CONSTRUCCIÓN
MIRARQ-CONSTRUCCIÓN

TERMINACIÓN DE ACABADOS REPISAS COCINA (TABLAROCA).

MIRARQ-CONSTRUCCIÓN

6. Fully built-in shelving feature walls offer great styling and a wealth of display potential. Great for rooms you use a lot!

 Interior landscaping by FURN
FURN

Custom shelf wall

FURN

7. A media centre with sliding doors, to hide the TV away, makes perfect sense in a modern home.

TV Wall Unit:  Media room by Style Within
Style Within

TV Wall Unit

Style Within

8. Coordinated industrial desks and shelves really work together to create an understated but stylish organisational system.

Cosmo Industrial Shelf Unit:  Living room by Industasia
Industasia

Cosmo Industrial Shelf Unit

Industasia

9. Large storage furniture sets that interconnect can create a seamless display. Love the integrated seat here!

 Living room by muebles apa
muebles apa

SEPARADOR LACADO

muebles apa

10. High-level cabinets aren't only for kitchens! They work beautifully as living room wall storage too, if you keep the colour muted.

 Living room by FLAM RUGS
FLAM RUGS

OBEROI RUG

FLAM RUGS

11. Using the dead space above your head is easy, if you build suspended wooden shelving! Simple wine crates will work.

 Living room by omnibus arquitetura
omnibus arquitetura

nichos como estante

omnibus arquitetura

12. Interspersing simple shelves with boxed-in storage elements will create a clean and minimal display.

 Living room by Elia Falaschi Photographer
Elia Falaschi Photographer

Ristrutturazione Appartamento

Elia Falaschi Photographer

13. Accent colour storage can be a good way to tie into an existing theme more cohesively. Especially if spaced out a little to not look too bulky.

14. A sideboard, placed behind a sofa, makes great sense. You can even add some coasters and use it in place of a coffee table.

15. Wow! Seemingly random inset cubby holes make for a really eclectic and funky display. This is ideal for arty homes.

16. Very understated low cabinets, in the same colour as a wall, will really just blend into the background, but still be fantastically handy.

17. You can go as funky as you like, if you have a knack for DIY. Upcycling items and using them to evolve a funky storage system is a lot of fun.

 Living room by Laquercia21
Laquercia21

Parete attrezzata Ginevra (Rm)

Laquercia21

For more storage inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 12 homes with utterly ingenious storage solutions.

Which of these ideas could work wonders in your home?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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