I’m currently driving Fab absolutely insane talking about furniture…thank goodness I can talk to you guys about it, because I’d be in troooooouble! One of my main concerns with our move is storage. I will be the first to admit that our current storage system is pretty
bad non-existent. You know how it is, if you don’t deal with clutter right away, it just multiplies and gets harder to tackle. Currently, there is quite a bit of random stuff that just doesn’t have a home, and I am determined to change that in our new home. Unfortunately, one of the things I’ve found is storage is EXPENSIVE! Here are some of the storage ideas I’ve found online that are super easy and inexpensive.
Curtains on Bookshelves to Hide My Shoes!
I’m sure you guys are not surprised that the biggest storage issue I have is my shoes! I have received several requests for pictures of my closet/office. Umm, it’s really quite embarrassing! I own well over 200 pairs of shoes and because my office is also a guest room with a huge queen size bed, that takes up one wall I don’t have a ton of wall space for shelving. So, most of my shoes still live in boxes, and those that don’t have boxes are lined up haphazardly on the floor by the bed. It’s soooo sad. Lol! All of that is going to change when we move! I’m going to invest in a few more Target bookcases to use as shelves for my shoes without causing any permanent damage to the walls. Target’s tall Room Essentials bookcases are only $30…pretty much the cheapest bookcases around! I can fit about 30 pairs of shoes on each bookcase, so with three of of them, I still won’t be able to get all my shoes off the floor and out of boxes, but I should he able to take care of about half them (and mos def my favorites!). The rest will be in the closet.
Beyond just getting the shoes on shelves, I’d also like to be able to hide my shoe storage, as needed, but shelves with doors are twice the price! I kept thinking that curtains would be a cheap, easy option, but I dismissed the idea because I thought it would look tacky! Finally, this morning, I decided to just google the idea and see if there were any non-tacky images out there. Lo and behold, it can actually work, and be very cute! This particular example was one of my favorites (probably because it actually showed the idea being used for shoes…most were for toys and stuff!). I would probably hang my curtains on a rod for easy opening and closing, but it gave me a good visual. This person was EXTRA resourceful by setting an out-of-box pair on top of a boxed pair for double storage power! LOVE IT!
Upholstered and Tufted Storage Cubes Under a Sofa Table!
Cabinets, sofa tables, and pretty much any piece of furniture with shelving, drawers, and storage capability are automatically more expensive than furniture without storage. Instead of spending big bucks on a credenza, I love the idea of using a regular ol’ sofa table with upholstered ottomans, storage cubes, or even baskets underneath for extra storage! And of course, with ottomans, you also get extra seating…
Use a Trunk as a Coffee Table!
Besides shoe storage, deciding on a coffee table has been the other thing that I’ve been obsessing about. Do I go with a storage ottoman? or a coffee table with shelves and drawers? What about a coffee table with a hinged top? There are SO many options! I am leaning heavily towards to using a trunk as a coffee table. I really love the look of it, but there is one drawback…one big storage compartment means getting anything in or out means removing everything from the top surface…that’s no bueno! So, I’m still on the lookout for the perfect solution…but here’s the kicker, I’d prefer not to spend more than $300. Lol! (Clearly, if I go the trunk route, my trunk won’t be Louis Vuitton. Lol!)
Do you have any clever, inexpensive storage ideas for me?