5 Ways to Keep the Coffee Table Organized

Create a clutter-free anchor piece in the living area with these ideas

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Main Photo)

Storage is very important—even in the living area. You need extra space where you can store magazines and display decor pieces. 

You can achieve these by having an organized coffee table. If your table is neat, you can carefully arrange decor pieces on top as well keep magazines and books underneath. Let these organizing tricks guide you. 

Keep it clean

When cleaning wooden coffee tables, avoid using alcohol-based cleaners as these will damage the wood! You may consider using homemade cleaning solutions. Click here to learn more. 

RL Tip: Always use coasters when serving beverages so glasses and cups won’t leave unsightly marks on the surface.

Highlight a few items

There’s no need to showcase your decorative collections all at once! Pick a few ones then arrange the rest for the next display. This makes sure that each piece can be noticed and admired.

Stack books properly

One of the easiest ways to display your books is to stack them in pyramidsstarting from the biggest to the smallest piece. You can also place them underneath the table, if you lack space. 

Follow an imaginary grid

Keep your tabletop from looking crowded by following an imaginary grid when arranging your knickknacks. Do this by placing pieces on alternating squares. Complement a collection with a centerpiece that goes with the overall feel and look of the pieces so they won’t clash.

Group your items

Designate a pretty tray for rounding up your current read, reading glasses, bookmarks, pens and highlighters, and other essentials for easy transporting.

RL Tip: Decorate a plain tray using washi tape! Click here to learn how.

Photos by Jun Pinzon.

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