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Storage ideas for living rooms

If you've lost that loving feeling for your living room, chances are it's because it hasn't got enough storage. There's nothing more unappealing than being surrounded by clutter,, so restore that relaxing vibe with these living room storage ideas.

Make living-room furniture work harder by choosing items that include storage. A coffee table with a shelf beneath will create an extra surface for stashing newspapers and remote controls out of the way. An upholstered ottoman could double up as a storage unit and a coffee table. Vintage trunks are also ideal for this job and will add character to your living room, too.

Create space on your coffee table for hot mugs of tea by relocating books and magazines to shelves. Bookcases aren't just for traditional-style rooms; modular shelving units and ladder-style shelves are ideal for contemporary schemes. If your room hasn't the floor space to accommodate a bookcase or a freestanding unit, opt for wall-hung shelves instead.

Storage doesn't just need to be functional; you could use it to give your room a whole new focal point. Floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall shelving filled with books, framed family photographs and much-loved home accessories will create a striking feature that is unique to you. If you'd prefer storage to take a back seat, make use of alcoves. Ask a carpenter to create subtle, built-in units and paint them in the same shade as the walls so that they blend in. For a contemporary scheme, try fitting a streamlined sliding panel to conceal a whole wall of shelving, drawers and pull-out cupboards.

If you have lots of dinner party items and equipment, have a look at our dining room storage ideas.

Living room with country-style dresser
A painted dresser sits beautifully in this country-style living room. The natural wood behind the shelves creates a rustic feel, while the smart cream finish of the doors blends in with the walls, keeping the look contemporary.

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Photograph by Colin Poole