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Storage Spots in the Living Room

Get clever and stash your odds and ends in these secret hiding spots right in your living room


Most of us think of the living room as a place to hang out and entertain. With most houses shrinking in size, we need to rethink and maximize spaces in our homes. Here are ways to get rid of the usual living room clutter and maintain a relaxing space for you and your family.

Styling by Arlene Sanchez Maslog. Photographed by Richie Macapinlac.

Read the original article ("The Secret Living Room") in the April 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

Maximize your furniture by using them to hide everything and save on floor space.


Choose an ottoman that opens up as a storage box is great stashing extra pillows, large books and more. Aside from extra seating, an ottoman can also as additional side table.

Side Table

The side table is an essential piece in any living room. Choose a piece that has hollow base that can store your remote controls and other little things that can clutter up your space. Find similar at Mobler.

Baul or Chest

Use chests for unmentionables. There’s hope for the hope chest – its wide lid and generous storage space makes for easy sorting and organizing of bulky objects. Plus, it can double as your coffee table.

Organize your coffee table:

Stylish containers like jewelry boxes are the perfect receptacles for clutter-prone odds and ends like cellphone chargers, keys, and remote control batteries. 

Hide your mail in handsome boxes that you can place on top of your coffee table so you can do your sorting while on the sofa. You may want to include checkbooks, pens, and extra envelopes, too.

Use trays (one, two, or even three!) to arrange objects on your coffee table. Trays can also “control” your pieces, and so you can create tabletop vignettes.  

Don’t forget the space under the table if it’s roomy enough. Place a big, shallow basket for your reading materials, as these tend to eat up tabletop space.


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