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Hide It All Away: 4 Concealed Living Space Storage Ideas

by Ryan Wright

Whether you share your living room with children or not, it is likely that you don't have enough storage in your home. Without adequate storage, your living room is constantly a mess. However, maybe you don't have the most room in your living room to add storage cabinets. Luckily, this can be easily remedied by using hidden storage compartments throughout your living room. Here are four:

1. Window Seats.

Whether you have a box or a bowed window, there is a lot of unused space underneath the window. It is the absolute perfect place to create your first hidden storage item in your living room. A window seat can be built with comfortable cushions on top. This creates a place to sit and read a book on a relaxing afternoon while also creating an ideal space for packing away toys or blankets.

2. Slide-Out Closets.

Slide-out closets have become very popular in the kitchen. However, they can be particularly useful in your living room as well. Slide-out closets allow you to use unusually thin space that is not good for anything else. You can use it next to the television to store movies, DVD's and video games. It could also be used for a virtually invisible, yet accessible slide-out bookcase.

3. Storage-Friendly Furniture.

Many sofas, ottomans and other soft furnishings in the living room can be purchased with storage compartments that are perfect for storing magazines and remote controls so that they don't create clutter on the living room table. From conventional drawers underneath the sofa to an ottoman with a top that lifts up, you can have easy, accessible storage in your living with without taking up additional space. At the same time, you maintain a certain level of sophistication in your room, which could easily be removed if you added numerous cabinets.

4. Hideaway Wood Stows.

If you have a fireplace in your living room, then you probably enjoy a relaxing fire every now and then. Whether you have a fire going every single day or once or twice a week, the truth of the matter is that you don't want to have to tread outside to gather wood. At the same time, however, you don't want to have to store wood inside for everyone to see. A great way to have wood inside while having it concealed is to create a false wall that creates a small space (from floor to ceiling) where wood can be neatly stashed.

Some of these can be done on your own, but some may require the help of general contractors. This is especially true if you aren't a handy person. Rather than trying to tackle these storage projects on your own, which may result in a mistake, it may be better to contact a contractor or two in your area and obtain quotes on your storage project.