The 25 Best Storage Furniture Pieces for Every Part of Your Home
To find the best storage furniture, we spent hours researching the most popular options on the market. While narrowing down the list, we considered factors like versatility, durability, storage capacity, and price. We also spoke with Kevin Francis O'Gara, interior designer and owner of his eponymous design studio, for expert recommendations on choosing the best storage solution for your unique space.
Find all of our storage furniture recommendations below, and keep scrolling for expert advice on what to keep in mind while shopping for them.
Our Top Picks
- AllModern Davina Upholstered Flip Top Bench
- Opalhouse x Jungalow Palermo Cabinet
- Novogratz Kelly Upholstered Bed With Storage Drawers
- World Market Caspian Bar
- Urban Outfitters Naya Pop-Up Coffee Table
- Nathan James Theo Storage Ladder Bookcase With Drawers
- Ikea Hemnes Shoe Cabinet
- The Container Store Lotus Bamboo Storage Bench
- Urban Outfitters Marte Vanity
- Article Maribo Storage Ottoman
AllModern Davina Upholstered Flip Top Bench
Opalhouse x Jungalow Palermo Cabinet
Novogratz Kelly Upholstered Bed With Storage Drawers
World Market Caspian Bar
Urban Outfitters Naya Pop-Up Coffee Table
Nathan James Theo Storage Ladder Bookcase With Drawers
Ikea Hemnes Shoe Cabinet
The Container Store Lotus Bamboo Storage Bench
Urban Outfitters Marte Vanity
Article Maribo Storage Ottoman
Ikea Brimnes Wardrobe
Sand & Stable Carmel Hall Tree
Pottery Barn Kids Parker Large Cubby
Three Posts Hardiman Rolling Kitchen Cart With Solid Wood Top
Pottery Barn Buchanan Upholstered Cocktail Storage Ottoman
West Elm Pippa Nightstand
CB2 Carlson II White Tower
Nathan James Enloe Sideboard Cabinet
Mercer41 Cessily Tall Floor Shelf End Table
Article Soma Sofa Bed
Middlebrook Upholstered Seat Storage Bench
Project 62 Ada Coffee Table
Ikea Rannäs TV Unit
Crate & Barrel West Bar Cabinet by Leanne Ford
Crate & Barrel Oxford Lateral File Cabinet
How to Shop for Storage Furniture Like a Pro
The first step in shopping for storage furniture is determining exactly what you need to store. This way, you'll have a clear idea of how much space you need. O'Gara says it's "easy to overlook the internal dimensions" (i.e., the length, width, and height of a piece's storage compartments), especially when a unique design catches your eye.
To ensure you're getting the best bang for your buck, you should take internal dimensions very seriously. "I always double-check these measurements if I'm looking to store specific items or planning to use baskets or bins as part of the organization process," says O'Gara. Though obvious, you should also be taking the dimensions of the items you intend to store—eyeballing won't cut it.
Ease of Access
Another consideration is how easily accessible your storage furniture will be in your day-to-day life. "I always consider my client's lifestyle when considering storage furniture," says O'Gara.
Are you always running in and out the door? Maybe consider a hall tree for on-the-go essentials. Have an expansive lineup of liquor and cocktail-making accessories? A special bar cabinet might be the perfect fit for your kitchen.
O'Gara's favorite? "Upholstered pieces with hidden storage like ottomans and benches." He describes them as "a great way to incorporate storage directly into the floorplan where it's needed." He's especially fond of this type of furniture in the entryway, living room, and bedroom—all of which are infamously prone to clutter (think: shoes, blankets, and bedding).
Internal Storage Compartments
Even if you can fit a bunch of your belongings inside, that doesn't mean you should throw it all in and call it a day. Consider investing in a few organizers to place inside of your storage compartments when possible. Some pieces have organizational aspects built-in (especially bar carts that come with stemware racks and wine bottle slots), but you can always add organizers to large open compartments.
For example, O'Gara recommends using decorative baskets or bins to hide clutter, especially for bookcases and shelving units. This makes these pieces of storage furniture more functional "because you can usually fit more into a bin than on a shelf surface," he says.
Take Our Word for It
This article was written by Marisa Petrarca, a contributing writer for Real Simple with over five years of editorial experience crafting product reviews and lifestyle content. To compile this list, she spent hours researching storage furniture. She also consulted Kevin Francis O'Gara, interior designer, for recommendations on choosing the best storage solution for your unique space.