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.
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.
Click on the numbers below to find out more details about each item **
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.
Useful for storing things like:-
- DVDs and CDs
- Remote controls
- Magazines and Books
- Childrens toys
- Board games
2. SOFA BED WITH HIDDEN STORAGE
A sofa bed is a multi functional piece of furniture anyway, but if you can get one with added storage as well then it’s a huge bonus.
The one pictured if called Bari from Made.com – but there are a variety available on their site ** and others so have a look around for the right size and shape for your space and needs.
The storage 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 it’s 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.
3. BENCH WITH STORAGE
I love to use benches for seating at dining tables, because they are much more streamlined in the room (especially a kitchen/diner).
You can fit more people around the table as you can usually have 3 on a bench in the space that 2 chairs would fit (perfect for larger families or when children’s friends come for tea or at Christmas when you are hosting many people…)
Of course, if you can get a bench that also has storage in it, it’s a massive bonus. You could use this for:-
- Childrens toys
- Kitchen items that are less used
- Dining table items (cutlery, tablecloths, serving dishes etc…)
(The one pictured is one I have in my own home – not available at the moment but I purchased it from made.com and they have lots of alternatives to take a look at.** It’s in my kitchen and currently used as toy storage but actually not at the dining table because I now have a round table. 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