Storage space in any room is important, and the living room is a great place to start. The living room is usually the first area of the home guests see upon arrival, and it is usually one of the largest rooms in the home. When looking for ways to add storage space to a home, begin with the living room. Take advantage of the following cheap and easy ideas to add more living room storage, and find new ways to store rarely used as well as commonly used items. Not only will these cheap and easy ideas add more storage, but they will also add more style, interest, and practicality to the space.
Look for a Cheap Living Room Ottoman
An ottoman strategically positioned by the front door provides a place to sit down and put on footwear, but it can also provide a place to add room for storing small items. Look for a cheap but stylish ottoman with a removable lid. The open area inside can be used to hold everything from gloves to magazines, and cheap sturdy varieties can be found in many discount stores that sell furnishings. Chances are no one will realize the top of the ottoman comes off to reveal an open space inside, and an entryway or living room closet shelf that was once used to store gloves or other items can be used to store something else.
Shelves are a great way to add vertical storage to any space in the home, and they are available in all price ranges from cheap and highly affordable varieties to pricier models from high-end home décor stores. Shelves in the living room are perfect for displaying and storing hardback books and showing off collectibles, but they can also be used for non-typical storage with the help of baskets.
Place lined or unlined baskets on shelves, and use them for storing magazines, tools, instruction booklets, or anything else that would not add to the style or character to the living room. Consider freestanding ready-to-assemble floor units when looking for cheap ways to add more living room storage, and paint them if necessary, or opt for wall varieties designed from cheap painted or stained boards and the appropriate hardware. Paint the hardware the same color as the walls to conceal it. The baskets will add style and beauty to cheap and otherwise ordinary storage shelves.
Make Cheap Side Tables for Storing Items
When looking for cheap ways to add storage to the living room, consider concealing new trash cans with cheap lightweight wooden tops and fabric that coordinates with living room colors. When covered with fabric no one will ever know the side tables are actually trashcans being used to add storage to the living room.
To make one cheap side table that will provide plenty of hidden storage, purchase one heavy-duty outdoor trash can of the appropriate height, a top of the correct size cut from a cheap sheet of plywood, and enough fabric to completely conceal the container beneath the tabletop.
Position the trashcan, and fill it with items of your choice. This type of living room storage space is ideal for holding holiday items and other things that are rarely used. Center the wood tabletop over the trashcan, and cover it with the fabric. Top the new side table with a living room lamp or tabletop art for a stylish new furnishing that looks far from cheap.
These are just some of the many cheap ways to add storage space to a living room. Consider cheap shelves with attractive baskets, furnishings that offer space for storage, and cheap everyday storage containers that can be concealed to look like expensive home furnishings. Delve into your creative side, and consider the items you need to store when looking for ways to add storage to the living room. The cheap and stylish storage possibilities are truly endless.