The amount of clutter in a home greatly impacts its look and feel. Keeping clutter out of sight makes a home more comfortable and inviting, but isn’t always easy in homes that are short on storage space. Clutter often collects when we do not have a designated place for everything. Give your next woodworking furniture project double duty functionality by creating furniture with built-in storage. Here are a few storage furniture project ideas for experiences woodworkers:
Ottomans: A storage ottoman can be as simple as a cube shaped box with a lid. They can be upholstered in fabric or leather, and fit seamlessly into the style of any room. Consider using storage ottomans in the living room to store video game or television remotes, board games or other living room essentials.
Benches: A bench with built in storage can be a useful project for any room in the home. Storage benches make great toy boxes or bedroom storage for extra linens, blankets or out of season clothes. Outdoor benches also make great additions to porches or patios, and can be used to store hoses, pool toys, gardening equipment and more.
Bedside Tables: Cabinets or shelves built underneath bedside tables create convenient storage for books, medications and other bedside essentials. Shelving can even be added into existing bedside tables for a simpler project. Stain bedside tables to match other furniture in the room, or to blend in with a wall color. Another idea is to use interesting paint colors or techniques on bedside tables to add a splash of color to the bedroom.
Beds: A custom made bed presents several options for added storage. A headboard with cabinets or shelves provides storage and style without taking up floor space in the bedroom. Drawers can also be built under the bed to add ample discrete storage to a bedroom. Beds with built in storage create more space to hold extra clothing, linens, pillows or sentimental items.
Murphy Beds: A murphy bed is one that folds to the wall when not in use. While a murphy bed does not provide storage for items, it creates out of the way storage for an extra bed in the home.
Coffee Tables: Living rooms are often short on storage space, yet families tend to spend a lot of time there. A storage coffee table can essentially be built like a trunk with a solid top that doubles as a table. Be sure to use a protective finish on coffee tables to protect against spills.
Furniture with built in storage makes a great woodworking project that adds storage space to the home.