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Top 10 hidden storage furniture ideas for your home

Ever notice how you look at a room in a magazine or a show home and want to recreate it – but no matter how hard you try it never quite looks the same? That’s because those pictures are done for the camera to accentuate space  – and are not how we all live.

They don’t have any real life “stuff” lying about, the kind of items we all live with, but that can be visual clutter all to easily.

A great way to decrease the look of this clutter in your home (after actually decluttering that is!) is to make smart buying decisions when it comes to the furniture and items you have around the home.

top 10 hidden storage furniture ideas for your home

Multi-functional furniture is a great way of doing this, and having hidden storage in some of your most used pieces can create a clutter free feel to your home instantly.

It really is a quick win because you get to keep everything you need to hand in the right place/room, but you don’t have to see it every time you walk in.

Think about it, no more magazines lying around the living room, they are in there but hidden away – no more bulky bedding for occasional guests, it is in the sofa bed already! I could go on – but here’s my top list of favourite hidden storage furniture solutions that may give you some inspiration for your own home.

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hidden storage furniture - lots of ways to get extra storage in your home easily and quickly

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1 – Footstool with Storage

A footstool with storage ** means that you get maximum functionality for the space.

You get a seat, a footstool(!) and storage. Also, if you have kids in the house it’s a great alternative to a standard coffee table as it has a lot less sharp corners, and can easily be moved out of the way when playing.

TIP – I like using a footstool as an alternative for a coffee table in the middle of the room with a tray on top to house cups etc…

Use for storing things like:-

  • DVDs and CDs
  • Remote controls
  • Magazines and Books
  • Childrens toys
  • Board games

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 2. Sofa Bed with Hidden Storage

A sofa bed is a multi functional piece of furniture anyway, but this one** goes one step further, and the storage that it has is an ideal place to keep all the bedding a guest would need ready to go at a moments notice.

Great for unexpected guests – and if its late when they come round you don’t have to wake anyone by rummaging around to look for blankets, pillows etc…..!

I particularly like this one as you can’t tell its anything other than a sofa when you look at it – so feels very sleek and streamlined.

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 3. Bench with storage

I love to use benches for dining tables, as they are much more streamlined in a room (especially a kitchen/diner) and you can always fit more people around the table as you can usually have 3 on a bench in the space that 2 chairs would fit.

Ideal for when you have Christmas etc… or for children when friends come for tea.

The next step to this is to have benches that house storage as well. You could use this for:-

  • Childrens toys
  • Kitchen items less used
  • Dining table items (cutlery, serving dishes etc…)

(The one pictured is one I have in my own home – it’s in my kitchen as toy storage but actually not at the dining table, although I may move it soon! – there are loads of choices when you look around so pick one that works with your style)

TIP – if using for eating, make sure it’s an easily cleanable surface such as leather or wood

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4. Storage Bed

One of my all time favourite hidden storage ideas, and I have already written a post about the merits of storage beds, SO useful and SO much storage!

I love the way that the bed, which is the biggest item of furniture in a bedroom by far, can create so much hidden storage so easily.

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5. Study Bed

I was at the Northern Home Show a couple of years ago with the House Doctor Network and saw the most amazing piece of furniture there.

I have added it into this post as, although its not necessarily storage, it does hide things away, and makes great use of space! Couldn’t resist adding it!

Its called the STUDY BED and basically you can pull it down to be a bed, or up to be a large desk – but the difference between this and other similar items on the market is that you don’t have to tidy away everything or unplug computers etc.. before you make the switch – as everything stays in place! Perfect for teenagers rooms where they need lots of working space but don’t want it to take over, or in a guest bedroom that doubles up as an office.

Take a look and see what you think!

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6. Window Seat

If you have a bay window (or it can even work along one wall of a room if its big enough), you can maximise the space by having a window seat. Added seating, and hidden storage – what could be better!

Here are a couple of pictures to give you some inspiration – a local joiner/carpenter could make one to fit your space.



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7. Mirror with Hidden Storage Behind

I love items that have two purposes, and as such when I came across this one from Amazon I had to share!

Not only does it look great, but it also keeps all your jewellery to hand but out of the way – it looks like a normal free standing mirror but opened up houses so much.


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8. Dining table with storage drawers

As with a bed, a dining table can take up a lot of floor space without giving much back in terms of storage.

We have already talked about using benches to add extra storage to that area, but why not go one step further and add storage to the actual table.

Having drawers in the table means that you can easily create storage space for cutlery, linens, place mats etc… all to hand where you actually need it.

Or why not use them for pens and stationery if you tend to work at the table (a sort of hidden home office!) – a great idea as well for children to have things on hand when they do their homework.

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9. Hideaway desk

I love this idea for a pull down desk, as it creates a home office in even the tightest of spaces.

This** would be perfect for a kitchen, so that it can be pulled down when needed and pushed away when not in use – clearing floor space but still allowing for items to be stored ready to go.

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10. Shoe bench with hidden storage

This is a fantastic item of furniture for your hallway or utility room as you have a bench seat to enable you to sit and put your shoes on easily, a cupboard for your shoes, but also there is a hidden storage area under the seat itself – perfect for your handbag/keys etc…. so you can grab as you walk out of the door.

The way they are slightly hidden away is great as this adds a little security to your things.

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Ideas for furniture in every room of your home - make furniture work harder for you by adding hidden storage and clearing the clutterIt’s always worth looking for furniture with extra storage solutions integrated into it – as furniture takes up a large part of a room and should therefore work hard for you.

If you can hide away your things within the furniture you need, then naturally your home will become more streamlined, and you should be able to store things right where you really need them, which will save you time and effort as well.

It really is a win-win all round!

Do you have any hidden storage furniture in your home? I’d love to know what works for you, so please leave a comment below – thanks in advance!


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3 Responses to Top 10 hidden storage furniture ideas for your home

  1. سيسيليا فيلاردى Jan 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    very nice ideas.

  2. Emma Tameside Aug 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    +1 for sofa bed storage! We’ve got a big, L-shaped sofa bed and one side of it is hollow to store bedding, but the bedding only takes up half of the room so we’re also able to cleanly tidy away magazines, remote controls, books, the communal netbook (yes, we have a household netbook that anyone, including visitors, are free to use to check the web etc!) We still can’t get the apartment to look anything like those IKEA pictures, but to be honest, I think we both prefer a bit more of a warmer, cosy feel to the home. No point it feeling all clinical like a dentist’s surgery 🙂

    I do think those Study Beds are a fantastic idea. Do you know if they make them in double beds, or are they just for singles?

    • organisemyhouse Aug 9, 2012 at 9:47 am #

      Hi Emma – The study beds are available in single and double – so will work for loads of different needs – thanks for your reply!

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