Living Room Storage Ideas for Your Smaller Home are Here!

Struggling with living room storage in your small home?

No room on your tables?

Books everywhere?

Kids’ toys all over the place?

Your frustration at an all time high?

Apartment, condo, small home, you name it. The trouble with all these small spaces is they never have enough storage. You’re not the only one who has tried to figure out where to put all the things that seem to find their way into the living room – all those necessities of life.

Living Room Storage Ideas

Now before you start chucking everything out, look at a few of these unique ideas for finding that place for everything.

Armoires

Armoires made for televisions have all kinds of space for putting things away. The DVD’s you’re collecting, the remotes when not in use, your CD’s and generally anything you don’t want out in the open can go in an armoire. They have vastly different styles but all generally have either shelves or drawers at the bottom. We put Jack’s toys in ours! Armoire drawers and shelves are great for keeping things out of sight and de-cluttering your living room.

Armoires are also fabulous for the home office. Some of us keep the computer in the living room or close by. The computer, monitor and all of your peripherals are hidden away as soon as you close the doors.

Coffee Tables and Sofa Tables

As far as living room storage goes, these two items are the best inventions since the wheel. The coffee table is no longer a small inanimate object that looks neat but really just takes up space. There are styles galore that double very well as living room storage. The coffee table does not even have to be a coffee table, per se. Maybe it’s a trunk, a small credenza, a storage bench or a media console. Anything and everything goes because it’s your living room and every one of these “coffee tables” can keep your “stuff” right where you want it.

Sofa tables also make for great storage devices while helping to break up your room. A sofa table can help break up a TV area from a sitting area and double as a great place to storage books, knick knacks, and other accents like vases and candle holders.

Ottomans

Ottomans are nearly perfect for living room storage. Many ottomans are specifically made for storage with tops that lift off or drawers on the sides. They come in many different colors and materials so you will be sure to find one that goes with the rest of your living room.

Do you know how much one of these will hold? The space inside is perfect for books, the kid’s toys, your husband’s Popular Mechanics and anything that you want to put away to organize your living area. Our leather ottoman holds Jack’s DVD’s and his puzzles.

Entertainment Centers

Entertainment centers have tons of storage and you can use every bit of it to your advantage! Choose a type with many shelves for your books, movies, CD’s, and brick-a-brack. Get one with drawers for your blankets, magazines, and puzzles. Maybe you keep your knitting items inside so you curl up on the couch with a great movie and knit the baby a sweater.

What’s great with entertainment centers, as well as the storage, is that they hold all your electronic components and keep the cords organized for ease of use. DVD player, stereo receiver, Wii and DVR all fit perfectly.

End Tables

End tables are storage waiting to happen if you get the right ones. Choose a wicker or wood one that has a lift top and you can gather up the kids toys and games from the living room floor, storing them inside.

There are other end tables with drawers that are perfect for remotes and coasters. How about a magazine table lamp? Lamp on top with a magazine holder on the side. Can’t beat it!

Living room storage is not hard to find even if you live in a small house, apartment or condo.

De-Cluttering

There is nothing worse than having little more than one single path to get through your living room.

The room is cluttered to the hilt, you have no idea where all this stuff came from or what to do with it. You need living room storage and you need it now.

Replace the seating with the type that has removable cushions for storage. Bring in shelves for all of your books and movies. Dust off the iPod and finally starting moving your CD collection over.

The furniture you choose should be purchased with storage in mind. If you can buy a piece of furniture that will serve both purposes, DO IT! There are many benches that have storage under the seat and these are perfect for keeping toys in to get them off the floor. Break down and get that ottoman. Use it in place of your coffee table.

Get everything off the floor and put it away. The cluttered look is disturbing and you will never feel like entertaining if your house is always messy. Use the furniture you have already to de-clutter your living room. Have a chest in your bedroom? Bring it out in the living room and use it for storage out there. Dress it up a little with some greenery, a wicker tray and some candles.

Hope we gave you some ideas to get started with. Start thinking outside the box, use furniture that serves dual purposes, and by all means keep stuff out of the living room that doesn’t belong there and you’ll be fine.

Now get to work!

Space Chase Getting You Down? Read Our Tips On How To Design A Small Living Room

Finding it hard to design a small living room?

Too much stuff, too little space?

Can’t find the right spot for something…anything?

Are you here for practical solutions you can start

Read on. It’s time to make it easier on you.

We choose our homes based on what we can afford and appeals to us. Sometimes we have plenty of space to create the look we’ve always wanted. Sometimes, space is a bit lacking and we have to do our best.

How To Design A Small Living Room

We want to give you some tips on how to do your best when trying to design a small living room. We’ve had large and small living rooms and we hope the challenges we’ve overcome with help you in your quest to design your most popular space.

Lessons From Our Past…

The greatest lesson we ever learned about how to design a small living roomwas “less is more.”

You can’t cram every piece of furniture you have into a small space. It just doesn’t work. It actually makes your room look even smaller. We tried this once in an apartment. We bought a sofa,loveseat and coffee table combo. Looked great in the store, but once we got home, we discovered that it just took up too much room.

Instead of a sofa and loveseat, we should have tried just a sofa and chair or maybe the loveseat and a chair. That way thecoffee table would have worked and maybe left some room for an end table.

We have pages on this site devoted to extolling the virtues of entertainment centers, so it might sound a little odd for us speak negatively about them…but we’re going to.

Entertainment centers, in our opinion, are not for small living rooms. They take up space and tend to dominate the room. In fact, in many small living rooms, you just don’t have enough wall space to properly fit one.

We opted for an armoire when deciding on a piece of furniture to hold our TV and all our home media. It’s elegant, it blends in with our decor easier, and it makes the room feel bigger because of its vertical shape.

Fitting items with a space is one thing, but another way to design a small living roominvolves fooling the eye into thinking there’s more space than there really is.

Other Ways To Make Your Living Room Look Bigger…

I know we just got through saying, “Don’t use too much furniture when you’re trying to design a small living room,” so don’t get confused by this next point.

Big furniture makes a room look bigger. Shabby Chic(R) chairs are a great example of this concept. They’re often oversized and very cushy. To make your living room look bigger, pair an oversized couch with an oversized chair. When our eyes see this they expect, “big furniture, big room.” We see what we want to see, so the room looks bigger.

Having said that, a Shabby Chic(R) oversized couch and loveseat in the same small living room….probably not a good idea. You’ve got to have room to walk, after all.

More Great Tips…

How about a few more great tips to help you design a small living room?

  • Use themes. Stay true to the decorating style of your choice. When everything looks like it belongs together, this tends to open up your space.
    Don’t use too many small items. This creates a cluttered look. Mix larger pieces, to serve as focal points, with smaller items.
  • Mirrors are great for reflecting space and light. This works especially well with lighter colored walls.
  • Accessorize. Capitalize on the small space with small area rugs and items that are personal. The smaller room with more personal items is a great fit.
  • Use wall space. Think outside the box a bit. You can hang more than just framed art and sconces. What about shelves and blankets? Be careful to complement your furniture. Heavily patterned furniture should be matched with more neutral wall colors.

Finally, use the living room. You’ve got to spend time in your room in order to get a feel for what works best. Your living room is your most popular space, after all. Embrace the size and coziness. Keep in mind, people tend to socialize better in small spaces.

What better reason to throw a party!!!

It’s been fun and I hope we’ve provided you with some great ideas on how to design a small living room. Are you up to the challenge?

Great Living Room Furniture Placement Makes Your Space Flow

When you have great living room furniture placement, everything flows better.

How you arrange your sofa, chairs, tables and lighting means everything to the dream you’re trying to turn into reality.

Great Living Room Furniture Placement Makes Your Space Flow

Choosing your focal point and building around it, making sure traffic flows easily, and maximizing your available space are vital aspects of living room furniture placement.

To get us started, check out this informative video from Ann Myrick…

Start From the Beginning and Create Your Dream Living Room
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Focal Points and Building Around Them

Every living room has that one special something; a fireplace, a piece of furniture (maybe a sofa, armoire, or entertainment center) or some other type of architectural element that creates a fantastic focal point. Identify this point and half the battle of living room furniture placement has been won!

In our home and in my sister-in-law’s home, the fireplace is the focal point. Everything we do with furniture is designed to feed into this focal point. No chair shall face away from it, nothing too tall shall block its view from anywhere else in the room, and no table should be so accessorized to pull attention away from it.

This is true whether the focal point is a fireplace or an entertainment stand. Make it the focus and let nothing else be the primary attention getter.

Traffic Flow – Beep, Beep!!!

We’ve been on the wrong end of this one before. Living room furniture placement is so much easier when you can get into and out of the room, or sitting area, easily.

In an old apartment of ours, we bought a bit too much furniture for the living room. This room was just not big enough for a sofa, loveseat, coffee table, TV and TV stand. But we crammed it all in there and you know what the problem was?

Only one way in and one way out!

Making things worse, a computer table and office chair was just off the seating area so you ran into those as soon as you got out. There was just too much going on.

The first key point on traffic flow is make sure there’s not too many pieces in your living room. Open air is good air and, when possible, there should be more than one way in and out of your main sitting area.

The second point is to build passageways in front of and behind furniture. In an open floor plan, a sofa table behind the sofa is a great natural barrier, to say “Living room stops here, kitchen starts here.” Not to mention to accent possibilities.

I think my sister-in-law does a tremendous job using her sofa table to transition from living room to kitchen effectively and with a lamp, pictures of the kids, and decorative small urns, she does a great job accessorizing it too.

Third point in traffic flow is entryways are your friend. Don’t block off natural entries to your living room. Don’t make your guests detour around them, either. Our sofa fits perfectly between our outer wall and the end of a the wood railing behind it (separates living room from eat-in-kitchen). A few inches more and we’d be cutting off the only way into the room.

My sister-in-law has a breezeway from the foyer into the open living room/kitchen. She leaves this area open for a few feet into the living room and places the sofa parallel to the opening, making it more inviting.

Here’s one more key to living room furniture placement…

The Space Chase!

Maximizing available space is one more big part of living room furniture placement. Back to our over-cluttered apartment. There was nowhere to put our extra furniture so we were stuck with our full-to-the-brim living room.

In our next apartment, the living room was a bit larger and everything fit perfectly. All’s well that ends well. You’re probably not going to sell your house because you have too much living room set, though.

Moral of the story, plan furniture purchases to the room you’re in. It’s easy to add on pieces later, than to pull something off and stick it in another room, or in storage because it doesn’t fit.

Also, if you have children or you often work in the living room, think about nesting tables, storage ottomans, and end tables with built-in drawers. These items allow you to do what you need to do in your space, then put things out of sight when you need to.

When you’re looking at houses, think about things like bay windows or nooks. My sister-in -law has a wonderful nook at the back of her living room that fits an accent chair and end table perfectly. By using the architectural features of the room, there’s more space to work with.

It Doesn’t Have to Be a Struggle

Living room furniture placement gives people fits sometimes. I know it was always an ordeal when I was growing up. My parents had a very long living room with no real focal points so they could put the sofa on 3 different walls if they wanted to. My folks came up with some pretty interesting arrangements over the years, but it seems the TV was never close enough to something in that room.

Placing your furniture doesn’t have to be a struggle. Take each point we’ve spelled out above, use it and build on it. There are resources to help you besides what you find here. One of them comes from our friends at Unique Home Decor Ideas.

Perhaps you’re interested in feng shui. Rather than cover that here, we’ve found a really great resource that can help you bring more balance to your home…26 Feng Shui Secrets Revealed Maybe, in addition to placing your furniture effectively, you’d like to make a small room look bigger. Perhaps you’d like some more basics on living room furniture arrangement.

No matter what you want to do with your living room furniture placement, we’ve given you the tools to get it done.

Get started and have fun with it!!