5 Multifunctional Storage Furnishings You Need
Storage ottoman or bench. These multitaskers, which have hinged or removable lids, represent a near-perfect blend of form and function. They can provide flexible seating or stand in for a coffee table while also housing spare blankets, magazines, toys and more. Best of all, they work for almost any space in the house — along one side of a dining table, in a playroom, under a bay window, even in a bathroom dressing area.
Daybed. Many daybed models feature pull-out drawers in the base — an updated take on under-the-bed storage. They’re perfect for a child’s bedroom or guest room, but you also can use them as sofa stand-ins. Try adding one to an office or rec room to increase its functionality many times over.
Armoire. Although armoires were developed as de facto clothes closets, their storage potential is nearly boundless. Place one in the den or living room to hold the TV, videogame console and more. (Bonus: Close the doors and no one will guess there are electronics inside). In a study or library, an armoire makes a beautiful bookshelf; in a bathroom, it can hold towels and sundries. For bedrooms, turn a small armoire into a spot for linen storage.
Trunk. They may not be used much for travel anymore, but classic trunks do an admirable job as storage units. Top a vintage version with glass or a large tray to convert it into a coffee table or side table with plenty of storage inside. Or use a trunk at the foot of a bed instead of a cedar chest for quilts and bed linens.
Apothecary chest. The question is not what these multi-drawer marvels can store, but what they can’t. Toiletries? Check. DVDs and games? Covered. Linens and flatware? No problem. Browse antiques markets for vintage chests, or splurge and have one made with just the right amount and sizes of drawers. Old library card catalogs work in a pinch too.