15 Stylish Furniture Pieces That Double as Storage
Outfit your home and get organized with these smart storage furniture pieces that do double duty.
By: Jeannie Matteucci
Stretch Your Storage
When one closet can't hold all the clothes, shoes and toys that pile up in a child's bedroom, you need alternatives. A child's bed with drawer underneath like this one from Room & Board is a space-saving storage solution for books, shoes and toys, so you have enough room in the closet for your child's clothes.
Solution for Shoes
With a low profile and slim silhouette, the Modern Shoe Cabinet available at Dot & Bo gives you a stylish way to organize and store your favorite shoes in an entry or hallway. The cabinet includes two storage areas that fit up to six pairs of shoes, with a sleek white paper finish and silver legs for a contemporary look. The top surface can serve as a spot to stash keys or mail.
Sofa With Storage
Ideal for a studio apartment, game or media room, the contemporary-style Flash Studio Sleeper from Primo International is a faux leather sleeper sofa with a handy drop-down table with cupholders for your favorite beverage. The sofa's armrests can also be re-positioned to serve as pillows at nap time.
For Outdoor Entertaining
Keep what you need for entertaining on your deck or patio handy with this White Outdoor Beverage Table from Horchow. Handcrafted of a lightweight concrete/resin mix, it gives you a place to rest a tray of drinks and includes a rounded indent that can hold fruit, river stones or beverages on ice.
The multi-purpose design of the Mimico Storage Ottoman from Gus* Modern allows you to use this flexible piece of furniture as a bench, coffee table or ottoman in an entryway, bedroom or living room. It includes an upholstered top for comfortable seating, a hard surface top for resting items like sunglasses, and an open cubby for display storage of books and magazines.
For Bathroom Essentials
Storage in a contemporary bathroom is often a challenge. The furniture in the new Cape Cod bathroom series by Philippe Stark and Duravit includes this sleek vanity with concealed storage behind doors and open shelves on the side, so you have a stylish way to keep what you need close at hand.
A statement piece that offers storage, the multi-functional white lacquer Radford desk from Safavieh can double as a coffee table when the need arises, or even be used as a console table behind a sofa. The height-adjustable desk includes two roomy drawers, refined lines and glossy white crossed legs for a sleek look.
Baskets are a user-friendly way to store items you want to access easily. Perfect as an end table or nightstand, this Tuscan Retreat 3 Basket Stand in Sea Blue from Hillsdale Furniture features solid wood construction and a distressed finish with three ample storage baskets and an extra drawer so you can keep books, magazines, remotes and more organized and sorted.
When entertaining space is tight, you need stylish furniture pieces that do double duty. This Barrel Stave Bistro Table from NapaStyle with arched legs made from genuine barrel staves fits the bill. The handmade table includes two shelves for storage of glasses and wine bottles, with a smooth pine top for rustic dining.
Bar and serving carts are an increasingly popular way to store entertaining essentials in the living room, or accessories in a dressing room or walk-in closet. This Jocelyn Serving Cart from Ethan Allen with a tempered glass top and shelves and smooth-rolling casters provides a functional and glamorous way to keep what you need nearby.
Control the Clutter
A versatile storage organization system like ClosetMaid SuiteSymphony (shown here in Natural Gray) can control the clutter in a den, dining or family or living room. Combine a multi-use base unit with towers and other accessories to create attractive open and closed storage for your entertaining and living needs.
This custom Murphy bed with storage cabinets and a pull-out nightstand by Tailored Living is a wonderful way to maximize space. Available in multiple sizes, the unit folds up when not in use so you can quickly convert a bedroom into a home office, a space for crafts or sewing room.
Storing Kitchen Essentials
Part of its new city-lifestyle inspired URBAN collection, SieMatic's freestanding and versatile SieMatic 29 kitchen sideboard comes in various widths and color combinations. The sideboard offers open and closed storage for kitchen essentials and can be equipped to serve as a coffee bar, buffet or as a charging station for smartphones and tablets.
This Maritime Cabinet from Pier 1 Imports decorated with colorful maritime signal flags offers a functional and stylish way to keep dishes, linens and trinkets organized. Made from engineered wood, the cabinet includes three drawers and a door that opens to reveal two fixed shelves for storing all your essentials.
Home Office Makeover
Tired of her plain white bookshelves, lifestyle blogger Janine Waite used foam core, an Exacto knife, playful polka dot wrapping paper and a ruler and tape to give them an easy makeover. The bookshelves now offer stylish storage and give her home office a welcome punch of color.