7 Stylish Storage Solutions for Your Home
Does the mere mention of organizing sound exhausting (and a little boring)? Not anymore. Bright colors and punchy patterns can live with smart and stylish ideas. See for yourself.
Hideaway Home Office
Hunting for something a little less grand but equally out of sight? Check out the super-compact Intimo Secretary Desk from CB2 ($399, cb2.com). Or the Vika Veine tabletop from Ikea, with a sunken compartment for storage ($99 without legs, ikea.com). For aesthetes in small spaces, there’s the sleek, minimalist Ledge from Urbancase, which mounts to the wall and hides a glide-out desktop ($1,500, urbancase.com).
Prefer to make over the shelves you’ve got? First take a look at what you need to stash. If books are not a storage challenge in your home, recast your bookcases for other uses: Lighten the load on jam-packed cupboards by moving everyday glassware into a bookcase. Use one in the basement as a spare pantry (cans won’t go missing on shallow shelves). Devote a small bookcase to your kids’ collection du jour (Pokémon, ponies, Transformers), and earmark the bottom shelf for critical projects in progress, like Lego sculptures.
Bulky cable boxes and tangles of cords have nearly beaten us all into submission. But don’t give up the fight: This genius console has got your ugly tech stuff covered—literally. See the holes in front? They’re strategically sized and spaced to allow your remote’s gamma rays (or whatever) to penetrate. Inside, your cable box, Blu-ray player, and movie-streaming device can hide out, with cords neatly threaded through precut holes in back. TOO by Blu Dot console, $300, target.com.
Not in the market for a new console? Taming wires can vastly improve your media station. The quickest fix is Velcro cord strips ($5 for five, amazon.com), which neatly wrap and cinch excess cables—meaning no more dusty coils on the floor. Pair them with the Pivot Power Strip ($30, momastore.org), a sleek, adjustable unit that snakes around to hide in tight spaces and accommodate oversize plugs. Or mask the whole mess with the Plug Hub by Quirky ($25, quirky.com), which conceals coiled cords and a power strip in a small box that nestles in a corner or under furniture.
Nice Rack (for the Kitchen)
Are you a DIY-er? Create your own hanging rack with a copper towel bar ($61 for an 18-inch version, wayfair.com) and some S-hooks from the hardware store. Mount the bar to the wall and it will accommodate pans or small pots (nothing too deep). Be sure to leave at least two feet between the bar and the counter so there’s room for the pots to hang. If you’re really handy, you can aim higher, suspending a beautiful piece of found wood (say, a driftwood branch) from the ceiling with rope, as an overhead rack. You might even consider creating a wall grid for pots using chicken wire. The pot-abilities are endless.
Want a new spin on ladder storage? Hang one horizontally and use it as a display shelf for framed pictures and small objects. You’ll need a ladder with flat side beams (Rustic ladder, $179, potterybarn.com) that’s a consistent width from top to bottom.
Convertible Coffee Table
Looking for a multitalented coffee table that's less of an investment? If you're a modernist, you might love the Nexera Allure coffee table ($255, hayneedle.com), a sleek cube that sits low and pulls apart at the center to reveal a cavern for stashing. A folksier option: the Napa Style Wine-Bar Treasure Trunk ($649, napastyle.com), with small drawers and deep compartments—including one with a grid sized for wine bottles.