You want to relax in your living room, not stumble over piles of stuff. Check out these smart ideas for keeping your living room or family room fashionably clutter-free.
Make every square inch of wall space work on your behalf by installing bespoke built-ins sized to hold your treasures. (Take the built-ins all the way to the ceiling if you can.) This example features a sofa placed in front of a mirror—which makes the room look and feel larger. But by pulling the sofa forward a foot or two, the entire wall can be converted into storage for books, collectibles, and art. Use the top shelves for decorative art you’re likely to leave on display for a long time. Lower shelves are more suitable for print and electronic media or ever-changing displays.
Don’t let your furniture get by with only doing one thing at a time. Storage ottomans (designed with hinged or removable lids) provide extra seating and tabletop functionality—as well as discreet storage for blankets and games. Choose from round, square, or rectangular bench-style options.
Don’t let your coffee table get by with holding a vase of flowers and a fanned-out deck of magazines. Choose a version with multiple shelves for holding books, magazines, and decorative art—and a sweet little basket for your remotes.
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