Let’s face it: just like everyday life, bedrooms can get messy and things can get cluttered quickly. Last night’s party dress, that book you’ll never read, and a seemingly endless jungle of tangled charger cords seem to always end up anywhere but where they should be. During the viewing of your new apartment, you got so excited about the high ceilings, original crown molding, and hardwood floors that you neglected to notice the lack of closet and storage space. Don’t beat yourself up about it; it’s a common renter’s mistake. Fortunately, there are plenty of clever double-duty storage alternatives to help you get organized and stay organized. Here are a few storage solutions that work both in terms of aesthetics and use of space.
A BOUCLÉ BEAUTY. THE MARIBO OTTOMAN IS SOFT TO THE TOUCH BUT ALSO HAS ALL THAT SWEET, SWEET STORAGE.
OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND, BUT NEVER (TOO FAR) OUT OF REACH
Wondering how to keep piles of clothing and accessories off the bed and off “the chair”? You know what chair we’re talking about… That unofficial dumping spot for all your not quite dirty, not quite clean clothes. We’re all guilty of it. However, there’s cause for concern when that pile starts to look like a bad art installation in the corner of your bedroom.
Boasting hidden storage within, ottomans are great to keep bedroom clutter in check. Featuring a soft-close lid and a textural bouclé-covered wooden frame, the Maribo 48” Ottoman is ample enough to keep everything discreetly stored away, from extra bed and bath linens to your weirdly impressive Christmas sweaters. Place it at the foot of the bed to hold large decorative pillows and blankets come bedtime.
Looking to create separate zones within your room? Then opt for two smaller matching ottomans. With its surprisingly generous capacity, removable lid, and compact size, the Maribo 19” Ottoman holds its own against weightier storage units. Move it close to a window and bam! you just created a cozy lounging nook. Place a serving tray on top and pouf! (pun intended) you’ve got yourself a coffee table. The possibilities for functionality are seemingly limitless. Plus, it’s available in an array of bright colors if you just want to give your space a bit of pizzazz.
THE ADAPTABILITY OF THE RIPA BENCH CAN’T BE BEAT. TRY IT IN THE DINING ROOM, BEDROOM, EVEN AT YOUR PATIO PARTY.
GET YOURSELF INTO A (SEAT)UATIONSHIP
Bulky layouts and storage units can make a room feel cramped. Why not do away with cumbersome pieces and keep it light and casual with items that function as both seating and storage? Cue the bedroom bench. Working double duty to make your space feel extra functional and put-together, it’s a great place for you to sit down and lace-up your sneakers before your morning jog or to drape your next OOTD.
The versatile Ripa Bench works overtime to bring big MCM energy and refinement to your bedroom. The walnut-stained wood frame and slatted seat combine to create depth and visual contrast while the convertible design, featuring removable, rearrangeable leather cushions, can change based on your needs. Decorate the surface with your favorite magazines or a catchall to throw loose valuables in.
If you’re drawn to a more industrial aesthetic, the Level Bench might be your perfect match. Featuring a curvy, powder coated steel base and tufted seat cushion upholstered in Italian-tanned leather, this sleek modern design makes any room feel anchored yet airy. Make use of the open space underneath to display a few of your most prized designer shoes or tuck away baskets containing day-to-day clutter. It can also serve as a cozy spot for your adorable furry friend’s bed.