November 23, 2022

The 8 Best Storage Furniture, According to a Professional Organizer

I’m a hypocrite when it comes to my furniture. I strive to do one thing at a time (to the Thatcher Wine’s “single-tasking”), but I expect the rooms in my house to do several things at once: they look great. Offer respite. Show things. And – here’s the big deal! – I want the best possible storage unit. Every piece to have to keep my essentials in an envelope and close at hand. It’s a tall order, but given that some of the best storage furniture does just that, it’s achievable.

Professional organizer Darla DeMorrow agrees. “The gold standard is anything that offers seating, display space and storage in one piece,” says the founder of Heartwork Organizing. DeMorrow particularly likes a triple winner, say in the form of “an upholstered ottoman with interior storage that acts as a coffee table.” And that’s part of the fun: realizing how hard your furniture can work, even in the least expected way. “It’s easy to overlook the obvious,” adds DeMorrow. “Even the humble bookcase can become smart storage when strategically paired with coordinating containers.”

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Eager to learn how I can improve my storage, I dug deeper with DeMorrow and organizing specialists Nicole Sachiko of Tidy Lifestyle Organizing, and Andrea Wait of Andrea Wait Organizing Services, for their perspective on the way to get the most out of my home.

Their tips and picks for the best storage furniture are insightful and will inspire many stylish and functional pieces to come.

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How to decorate with storage furniture?

When looking to optimize your home organization, Sachiko has a good tip: don’t overthink it. “Incorporate storage furniture throughout the home like any other piece of furniture,” she says. That means replacing or upgrading essential anchors, like a bed or coffee table, with options that have storage, rather than adding extra furniture to a room. “These pieces are just as aesthetically pleasing as regular furniture,” adds Sachiko. “The main difference is that they free up more space by using hidden storage to hold belongings.”

When purchasing storage furniture, Sachiko recommends the following:

  1. Evaluate what you store. Sort your objects in each room to see which ones support you in your daily life and which ones weigh you down. “You can also see how much you have and then decide which storage options suit your needs.”
  2. Organize by category, not by room. “It lets you see what similar items you have. Plus, it’s easier to decide what to keep and what to throw away, while reducing duplicates.”
  3. Designate a home for each thing and store similar items by category. It’s a simple trick that makes it easier to know where to find and return your belongings. “It saves you time by not having to search for things anymore.”

The best storage furniture

Beds with advantages

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Dressers and mirrors with extras

When describing the best storage furniture, Sachiko says it perfectly: “On the surface, these pieces look as good as regular furniture. The difference is that they use hidden storage. They also allow for more space throughout the home with less visual clutter while still being practical.

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Clever poufs and smart coffee tables

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Book shelves (smart)