No matter how big our home is, or how many empty drawers we start out with, it feels like we always need more storage. Here are a few stylish hacks to hide the mess.

Storage seats
The secret to keeping your home more organised and less cluttered is to switch out furniture items you already have with pieces that offer added storage. One of our favourite ways to do this is with storage seats – think benches, ottomans, chairs… you name it!

  1. Life Interiors storage bench, $399, www.lifeinteriors.com.au 
  2. Luxo Living Elsa Kids sofa with storage, $139, www.luxoliving.com.au 
  3. Target Cadence ottoman, $59, www.target.com.au 

Big ones, small ones, ones on shelves, ones in drawers – everyone needs baskets. Whether you choose to keep the kids toys in a large basket in the living room, with a throw blanket packed on top to hide the mess, or keep all that miscellaneous clutter kind of organised on a big bookshelf, there are so many ways to use them.

  1. Mocka Loryn baskets three pack, $29.95, www.mocka.com.au 
  2. Typo foldable basket, $14.99, www.cottonon.com
  3. Nobodinoz velvet storage basket, $106, www.smallable.com 

Under (and behind) bed storage
Remember how we said you can switch out your existing furniture for pieces that offer more storage? That could not be more true of your bed! But the best part is, you don’t have to go out and buy a whole new one if you weren’t already planning on it – there are plenty of bed storage solutions available.

  1. IKEA BRIMNES headboard, $200, www.ikea.com.au 
  2. My Design bed frame with headboard and blanket box base, $2000, www.snooze.com.au 
  3. Yangfan underbed storage box, $79, www.fruugoaustralia.com 

If you’re going to invest in a new piece of furniture for storage purposes alone, you should definitely make it a bookshelf. Whether it’s to extend the shelf space in your kitchen, make a feature in your living room or discreetly give you more clothing storage in your bedroom, they are so versatile.

  1. IKEA EKET cabinet, $200, www.ikea.com 
  2. Koala shelf, $750, www.koala.com
  3. Matt Blatt Shangri-La bookcase, $179.99, www.mattblatt.com.au 

Finally, whether you’re repurposing something you already own or thrift flipping a piece of furniture you bought secondhand, upcycling is a great way to create additional storage space! Here are a few ideas…

  1. DIY upcycled storage jars by the Merry Thought
  2. DIY palette bench with storage by Kezzabeth
  3. DIY hidden book storage by The Whoot


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