The one thing renters and homeowners have in common is a demand for more storage spaces in their living rooms. Whether you have a small apartment or a large home with an open floor plan, you are sure to want to be able to have plenty of storage. There are all sorts of solutions to this dilemma that fit any budget.
1. Evaluate Your Storage Needs
Before you can determine what types of solutions will work best, you need to do an assessment of your own storage needs. You will want to begin by sketching out the current floor plan and arrangement of the living room. Next, you will want to make a list of items you want to store, such as books, collectibles, knick-knacks, blankets, extra throw pillows, and so on.
Don't be afraid to consider rearranging the living room. Sometimes, by moving things around into a different arrangement, it could free up some space you can use for storage.
2. Go Through Your Things
It is not uncommon to have a collection of items we no longer really want or need, but simply need to store. All of these things are using up precious space for other things you want or need. Get rid of anything you do not want or need. A good rule to use is if you have not used it in the past two years, you probably will not ever use it again.
For any items that have value, consider having a garage or yard sale. You could also post items in local selling sites or online auction websites to make some extra money. Anything that is left over, donate to charity.
3. Don’t Overlook Vertical Space
One mistake all of us make is how we think about arranging our living room and the available storage. We tend to overlook all of that precious vertical space around us. Most of us have empty spaces going to waste under the sofa, ottomans, coffee table, end tables, TV stand, and other such areas. In addition, all of that wall space in the living can be converted into viable storage spaces with the right types of furniture pieces.
4. Upgrade Your Media Center
Media centers have come a long way from a basic stand for the TV with open areas underneath for your electronic devices. A modern high-end entertainment center features storage drawers, cabinets, shelving, and closing doors to hide the TV. Upgrading to a larger model could provide added storage space you need.
5. Replace Coffee and End Tables
If you have basic coffee and end tables, you will want to get new ones that have shelves, cabinets, or drawers in them. This will allow you to tap into all that vertical space you are currently wasting underneath.
6. Get a New Sofa
There are several new sofa designs that feature pull-up cushions with storage under the seats. These are great to have, especially when you have a small living room but have a lot of loose items to store away, such as:
- Blu-Ray Discs
- Extra Remote Controls
- Throw Pillows
- Video Games
- Kids' Toys
7. Get Ottomans with Hidden Storage Compartments
Modern ottomans also have hidden storage underneath you can use to store away any items that you do not need out all of the time. If you are cramped for space, a great tip is to look for taller ottomans with storage that could double as stools under the breakfast bar or as extra seating for guests.
8. Convert Book Shelves to Pull-Out Drawers
If you have deep bookshelves with wasted space behind your books, consider modifying the shelves into pull-out drawers. This way, you can use the space behind the books for added storage while still having easy access to anything you store in this location.
9. Install Cabinets on the Wall
Think about how much wall space you have available that is not being used! If you own your home, you can install cabinets on the walls in different areas to store items out of the way. If you have collectables you want to show off, look for cabinets with glass doors and interior lighting.
10. Install Shelves in Between Cabinets
You can get even more storage spaces on the walls in your living room by installing shelves in between two cabinets. Depending on the height of the cabinets, you could end up with two or three extra shelves for even more stuff!
11. Visit Furniture Showrooms for Inspiration
Furniture showrooms are arranged to give you different ideas on how to arrange different rooms in your home and how to maximize the space. You may discover different storage ideas you had not yet thought of or considered.
Choosing the Best Furniture Pieces for Your Living Room
If you are going to get new furniture pieces, like luxury entertainment consoles, cabinets, coffee tables, and others, you need to make sure the new pieces will fit into your living room. The last thing you want to do is overcrowd the space and not be able to walk around easily.
You will want to measure the space where you want to place different furniture pieces. Do not just measure once. It is a good idea to measure the space yourself at least twice. Then, ask your loved one or a friend to measure the space as well. They should measure it at least twice, too. This way, you are sure to get accurate measurements, which you will need when shopping for new furniture pieces.
You want to make sure taller cabinets, shelves, and media centers are placed along a wall. They will need to be secured to the wall so they will not tip over easily. You will want to verify you have sufficient wall space behind these types of furniture pieces.
- Bonus Tip: Don't overlook the space on top of bookshelves, cabinets, and high-end entertainment centers. These spaces are great for storing items you do not need that often or for showing off your collectibles or other display pieces. Just remember to invest in a stepladder for easy placement and retrieval.
When you are ready to shop for your new furniture pieces, you will want to bring along the following items:
- Long Cloth or Paper Tape Measure
- List of Items You Need Storage For
- List of Furniture Measurements
The reason you want these things is to verify the furniture you are looking at will not only meet your storage needs but will fit easily into your living room.
- Bonus Tip: Looking at furniture without these things can be deceptive. You may “eye-ball” it and think it will fit. Yet, once it is delivered to your home, you realize it takes up more space than you thought it would or won’t fit through the doorways.
As you are looking at furniture for your living room, think about how it can provide the storage you need and how much storage it will provide. You will want to measure the pieces you are considering and compare the measurements to the ones on your list to verify it will fit and meet your storage needs.
For more inspiration, ideas, or help selecting the best luxury entertainment consoles and other furniture pieces to meet your storage needs in your living room or other rooms in your Los Angeles or Ventura Country home, please feel free to stop by Douglas Furniture today or call us at 661-255-8421. Our showroom is conveniently located in Newhall, CA.