Keeping some semblance of order in our homes — especially when they're a little tight on space — is no small feat. Whether you're just finding your feet in a new place, dealing with ugly rental features, or living out of your college dorm, speaking from experience I know that storage furniture is more than just a luxury. But one thing's for sure: Finding storage furniture that doesn't cost into the thousands is hard. And as the saying goes, when there are too many things to see, you see nothing. Luckily, scouring the web for a curated, quick, and easy selection of stylish but functional pieces is what I do best. So, satisfy all of the small space storage ideas you might have lurking around your head RN with these space-savvy storage furniture pieces.
From storage ottomans that double up as magazine holders *cough Real Homes cough* to coffee tables with storage, furniture that goes further is back and bigger than ever right now. So, if you feel like you're forever fighting with a pile of mail or even with your shoe collection, then here's how you can hide it all without letting go of even more precious space.
12 storage furniture pieces we really love
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Living room storage furniture
Okay, so you're working with a small living room? Don't fret, you just need to be clever with the furniture that you invest in. Here's what you need to fit more using less floor space, all while making sure the vibe is on point. From coffee tables with storage to clever-designed side tables, these pieces do double the work. We've also rounded up our favorite small couches for your tiny living room. All big on style, small on space.
Oh, and be sure to research how to organize a living room once you've bought all of your furniture.
Made from: MDF and wicker
Storage: Two large baskets
Size (in.): H18 x W40 x D22
This trendy coffee table with woven baskets can be the perfect mind trick. It lets you keep the top of your coffee table clean and tidy and style it with your favorite coffee table books. Then you can just shove all of your junk into the baskets. Out of sight, out of mind, right? The best part is that you can use these baskets elsewhere in your home if you want to switch things up.
Made from: Particleboard and metal
Storage: One canvas basket, two shelves
Size (in.): H23.6 x W16.3 x D16.3
Doing more with less, this delightful pick comes at a price few could argue with and features a sturdy frame, primed with anti-scratch floor pads. You can adapt it to suit your needs thanks to the adjustable canvas basket that joins onto the bottom shelf. Granted, it's teeny, but that's why I love it. Small space? No sweat. Finally, the set-up is as simple as it gets, and the basket can be removed in mere seconds, perfect for indecisive decorators (guilty as charged).
Made from: Particleboard
Storage: Two storage compartments, two drawers, one shelf
Size (in.): H19.7 x W42.7 x D19.7
This lift-top coffee table balances form and function to make the ultimate workstation cum chill-out spot, giving users plenty of room to keep their reading, coasters, and daily cappuccino close by. Whether it's rendered in black, espresso, gray, or rustic brown, this always nails the brief. WFH? You're all set.
Office storage furniture
Whether you have a dedicated spare room you use as a home office or a corner of your bedroom or living room, you'll need some space-savvy furniture to fit all the essentials into this small space. All while keeping it cute, obvs...
Don't forget to buy some cute (and handy) desk organizers to keep things looking clutter-free.
Tons of space for files
Made from: MDF
Storage: 3 drawers, 2 shelves
Size (in): H29.75 x W49.6 x D19.75
As simple as it is sleek, this storage desk scored high with shoppers who praised its sleek design and value for money. Granted, the assembly time ranges from one to three hours depending on how good your focus is, but it's worth the effort. Bringing subtle, Scandi vibes to your home office, this piece is primed with two storage drawers for your work supplies, a lower drawer for filing, and a handy tiered bookshelf for any literature or sizeable folders you need. Very here for it!
Practical storage cabinet
Made from: Wood
Storage: 1 door, 3 drawers, 2 shelves
Size (in): H34 x W22 x D12
This earned the top spot in our small storage cabinet guide thanks to its reclaimed-vintage aesthetic. Suitable in any lounge, hallway, or even home office, it's a versatile pick and right on the money style-wise. Indeed, industrial is back in a big way. Featuring a sturdy metal framework and ball-bearing slides, which are uber-smooth, it delivers both utility and aesthetics. Plus, it's primed with hardwearing hinges, so you should get plenty of bang for your buck from this curious design. Use it in an office to hide things away you don't want guests to see, and it can be used as a standing desk when your legs need it.
Ten colors to choose from
Made from: Engineered wood and metal
Storage: One covered compartment
Size (in): H18 x W13 x D13
Available in a whole spectrum of colors from pumpkin to peacock blue, this pleated ottoman stool is upholstered with velvet, providing luxurious looks and additional storage by way of its removable lid. What to fill it with it? Easy! Magazines, books, and everything else that clutters your home. Plus, the legs are robust and feature non-slip felt padding. It works well in an office, to use as a side table for your pen pot and more to sit, or as an extra seat or even footstool when needed.
Storage furniture for bedrooms
If your bedroom or dorm room is teeny tiny, and you've just about got enough space to get out of bed in the morning, then let us introduce you to these small space-friendly buys. Yes, these small bedroom storage ideas are genius and will have you rethinking the layout of your entire space.
For storing and sitting
Made from: Birch, faux fur
Size (in.): H18" x W45.5” x D17”
Play it cool with this black bedroom storage bench that sits super close to your floor and lifts to reveal so much useful storage space inside. It's soft to the touch and comfortable to sit on, too. One for minimalist bedrooms or modern homes, this genius buy has curved edges making it the perfect balance of subtle yet striking. It's perfect for placing at the bottom of a bed, to hold extra shoes, purses, cushions...
Headboard with storage
Made from: Wood
Storage: Three shelves
Size: Full, queen
Fit for a king (or queen, for that matter), this storage headboard comes in a neat selection of oak colors and has three storage compartments, perfect for holding your evening reading, chargers, water, and anything else you might need. Bringing a touch of farmhouse cool to your bedroom, the less-is-more design is not just a pretty face. Look out for the USB charging stations on each side of the board — they're a welcome bonus.
Made from: Fabric
Storage: 5 drawers, 1 shelf
Size (in): H38.9 x W22.83 x D11.41
If your biggest annoyance is constant clutter, then this chest is a must. Complete with a sturdy frame in rose gold, cream, or bronze, it provides a no-nonsense storage space for everything, including clothing, accessories, wires, paperwork, and electronics. Add to this an uber-simple setup and a clean, less-is-more aesthetic and you have a winner. In terms of looks, this would work seamlessly in a cool and airy space, injecting light and a sprinkle of opulence into any humble abode. You could even hide it inside a closet if you wish.
Entryway storage furniture
Wondering how to style your narrow entryway? If you have many shoes to store and little space to work with, we're here to help. If you've looked through all of the entryway storage ideas, then these furniture pieces come to the rescue. Not all of us have an entryway closet to work with, but thanks to these solutions you won't need one.
With USB outlets
Made from: MDF and wood
Storage: Two shelves, two drawers
Size (in.): H31.5 x W32.6 x D11.8
Unless you've been living under a rock, you might have noticed that the reclaimed-industrial aesthetic has taken off these past few years. And it's not surprising. Not only does it add a wood-grained, farmhouse charm to your home, but it's also easy to pair with other furnishings due to the neutral hue. This design, in particular, is commendable for its sturdy, solid wooden legs, myriad compartments, and the bonus of two regular plug outlets alongside two USB ports. Old looks, contemporary details.
Available in five colorways
Made from: MDF and particleboard
Storage: Two shelves
Size (in.): H30 x W15.9 x D14.6
Shared living can be great but also a pain. No one needs to see their roommate's shoes, handbags, and coats strewn across the floor when they come home from a bad day at class or work. Fortunately, this exceptionally affordable design, paired with some storage bins, should keep your space and sanity in check. Here, the set-up is a breeze, installation hardware is included, and there's plenty of room for additional bins and baskets. Like to try out different looks? This works in both a vertical and horizontal placement.
With shoe storage
Made from: Bamboo
Storage: One shelf, one hidden compartment
Size (in.): H19.69 x W35.43 x D12.99
When it comes to modish and modern furniture, UO always understands the assignment. This time, it has really delivered, serving up a discrete, lift-top compartment below the bench, ideal for keeping purses or mail, plus it has a rack for your shoes. Oh, if you want to mix things up, it's lightweight and has handles. The dream, right? As for its placement, it would also fit in a bedroom, placed at the bottom of a bed.
Which furniture pieces should I buy with storage?
If your home's anything like my Lego-sized apartment, then it's vital you choose wisely when it comes to furniture. Start from the most essential, then work backward from there. Your top priority will always be your standard storage cabinet as this often provides the most storage for your buck. From there, it's all about extra shelving and drawer space, a task best handled by fold-out coffee tables and other furniture pieces you need anyway but also would like to have hidden storage in. Then, you can get a little more creative, looking to covert storage solutions like stools and ottomans, which are often decorative extras but, when equipped with compartments and tiered sections, act more like a storage staple.
Where to buy storage furniture?
If you're still on the hunt for that *chef's kiss* piece of storage furniture, then see below for the retailers we'd recommend browsing.
- Shop AllModern storage furniture
- Shop Amazon storage furniture
- Shop Anthropologie storage furniture
- Shop Apt2B storage furniture
- Shop Article storage furniture
- Shop Ashley Furniture storage furniture
- Shop CB2 storage furniture
- Shop Crate & Barrel storage furniture
- Shop Dormify storage furniture
- Shop Etsy storage furniture
- Shop Ikea storage furniture
- Shop Lowe's storage furniture
- Shop Macy's storage furniture
- Shop Overstock storage furniture
- Shop Pottery Barn storage furniture
- Shop Pottery Barn Teen storage furniture
- Shop Serena & Lily storage furniture
- Shop Target storage furniture
- Shop The Home Depot storage furniture
- Shop Urban Outfitters storage furniture
- Shop Walmart storage furniture
- Shop Wayfair storage furniture
- Shop West Elm storage furniture
- Shop World Market storage furniture
How we chose these storage furniture pieces
Every single one of these storage furniture pieces has been handpicked by one of our writers, and we've made sure that shoppers have rated the piece of furniture more than four stars. So, you know you're spending your money on quality. Also, as a team of small space dwellers, we've only featured pieces we would actually use in our homes and apartments.