If you have ever been privy to apartment or small-space living you can attest to the fact that there is no such thing as too much storage. “Oh, my apartment… it has too much storage” said no one ever. And while we all wish that we had plenty of walk-in-closets and built in floor to ceiling storage areas to stash every little bit of our lives away that we don’t want out for the world to see, most of the time that is just not possible. When Brian and I first moved to NYC together we shared a tiny little studio apartment and we had to get as creative as possible with our storage needs. Granted we were young and didn’t have a lot that needed to be held on to (or stored away), but anything that provided storage for us in that apartment was gladly welcomed in the door. Flash forward to many years later, our living conditions (and the size of our spaces) have changed but our need for storage has not. No matter where we all live – every home, apartment, studio, or loft needs somewhere to keep things that isn’t a total utilitarian eyesore.
So to combat the storage problem we pulled together some of our favorite storage pieces in three different categories (based on your needs). 1) Closed Storage: these are the cabinets for those of you that may not have the most attractive things to look at, and really just need a pretty place to close the doors and forget about what is behind them. 2) Display Storage: these are for those of you that have pretty items to display, are incredibly clean and have more willpower than to just shove stuff in there. 3) Multifunctional Storage: the hybrid of the last two, these offer some open and some closed storage which makes them perfect for any room where you have some pretty items to show off as well as some not so pretty items that you want hidden away.
Let’s start with closed storage and a few of our favorites right now:
I am very into this cabinet above and although rattan is having a major moment right now, it will always be in style in our book. #2 (which you see above) is one of my favorites but I also love #3 for the price, and I love the more modern lines of #1 and #15.
Next up we have display storage for those of you design exhibitionists that are ready to show off what you have rather than hide it away.
I have the glass front display cabinet in my dining room above (although this is not how it always looks as we had styled this for a shoot and this was before we had swapped out our chairs) which houses a little bar area and I have to say I love that cabinet. It is so affordable and is just the right proportions to work in a dining room, bedroom, kitchen, or anywhere else. Keep in mind, everything in these types of cabinets is in clear view so these are best used for your prettiest items vs the everyday stuff. If you are looking to house boxed food, papers, junk, electronics or anything else that might not be “display-worthy” then scroll back up to the last roundup as the closed storage might be a better option for you. But when they are done right they really can be so beautiful in any room.
I love #2 from Target as I have mentioned already 1 million times, but I will never not recommend it as a good option for any room. #13 is a great option for those of you looking for something more traditional, and I love the mix of woods in #15.
1. Haze Vitrine | 2. Hadley | 3. Anthracite | 4. Ventana | 5. Murtaugh | 6. Regissor | 7. Curio | 8. Windham | 9. Casement | 10. Odean | 11. Noche | 12. Hemnes | 13. Malsjo | 14. Dontae | 15. Millie | 16. Windham | 17. Garrett | 18. Hampton
Lastly, multifunctional storage for those of you that want the best of both worlds.
While technically some of these could fall into bookshelf land we did pull pieces that had both open shelving and then some aspect of closed storage whether that be doors or drawers. Style them out like Justina did above in her old studio or repurpose a vintage piece like Brady did below in his bedroom where he turned it into a place to hold his clothes and TV.
So, are you more the “display storage” or “hide it all away” type?