Seriously, every room could use a storage cart as décor—and it's incredibly functional, too.

By Caylin Harris
Updated December 26, 2018
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We’re on a roll coming up with all of the smart ways to use a storage cart in your home (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves). But in all seriousness, when your house is a little light on closet or drawer space, a rolling storage cart can be organization’s greatest ally. Not only can you move your supplies wherever you need them, carts make the display beautiful as well. They’ve really mastered that out-in-the-open but still organized and aesthetically pleasing look. Read on for inspo.

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Storage Cart Idea #1: Create an Incredibly Useful Nightstand

Any sleep expert will tell you how important it is to keep everything you need for a good night’s sleep right by your bed. Reading glasses, books, an alarm clock, and a drink of water right within reach means you don’t have to get all the way out of bed to find them. This tiered cart offers just the right amount of space to keep all the necessities nice and organized.

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Storage Cart Idea #2: Set Up a Stylish Bar

We know bar carts aren’t anything new, but they’re so darn useful if you love to entertain. Multiple levels offer not only a place to mix up cocktails but storage for all the essentials underneath. Instead of a traditional bar area, a rolling storage cart on wheels lets you whisk it out of the way of guests. Or you can bring the drinks where everyone seems to be congregating. (Get delicious cocktail recipes.)

Storage Cart Idea #3: Use a Cart as Extra Counter Space

You can never have too much surface area in the kitchen. And unless you have your dream kitchen (power to you if so), a kitchen storage cart can give you that extra space you need to meal prep. If you really need the extra room for all of your glassware and gadgets, invest in a version with multiple levels and pull out drawers.

Storage Cart Idea #4: Create the Perfect Desk for Your Home Office

Working from home and working in a creative field can be a one two punch for tons of materials and clutter. Keep all of your supplies or props organized on a tiered rolling cart. If you’re not feeling inspired by your desk set-up you can always take the show on the road and head to another part of your home or apartment. If you do have to hoard, you might as well make it look good.

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Storage Cart Idea #5: Store Extra Dishes and Plates

Storing large serving platters, bowls, and plates can take up a ton of space in your cabinets. Instead of trying to make them fit, why not display these beauties instead. A multi-tiered cart can save your favorite pieces from chips and breaks while keeping them all ready to use. Fun fact, you use items that you see more often than if they’re tucked away. There’s no need to save your favorites for special occasions only.

Storage Cart Idea #6: Make an Indoor Garden

If it’s a struggle for your plants to find sunshine, wheel them around until you find just the right spot for them to get the nutrients they need. But really, a metal cart is the perfect place to store plants and garden supplies. It wipes down easily if there’s overflow or dirt and it allows rays of light to reach even the bottom layer of plants. It’s a smart way to enjoy gardening even if you’re short on window space (see chic houseplant accessories).

Storage Cart Idea #7: Set Up a Beverage Cart for Guests

While you’re whipping up a culinary masterpiece it’s always handy if guests can help themselves to things without having to ask you. Empower them to by setting up a cart with beverages on ice and all the fixings they’d need. Glasses, straws, bottle openers; play to your audience to decide what to keep on the cart. Enlist a helpful friend to keep an eye on it and replenish if it runs low.