Looking for more space in your room? This article will give you my top picks for storage benches. Whether you choose function or style you can use a storage bench as another valuable tool that will help you learn how to organize another area in your home.
When living in a small home it can be quite tricky to come up with additional storage ideas. There is only so much room and even if you are an organizing Ninja you might still be out of options after a while. Sure a pile of shoes in a mudroom may not be the best way to store your family’s footwear, but having dozens of pairs of shoes on a shelf is probably not a good solution either.
There is a little old-school trick that is quickly gaining popularity with families that are short on space.
Cue the storage bench.
Back in my day, this little beauty was called a storage ottoman. It might even still be called that today. No matter what the name is, the purpose is still the same. To give families additional storage options in their homes.
Tucking storage into an ottoman or bench is really quite brilliant. It’s a way to look at your home as a dual-purpose space. Finding a way to use furniture as storage is just the tip of what you can do to keep things where they belong, put away. The best part is, this space found hidden in a storage bench can be used for just about anything.
- Gloves….. I could go on and on!
The only limit is your imagination which is why this storage option is showing up more and more at the furniture stores. And even if your home isn’t small using benches can really help you to streamline your home more easily. Organizing things by family members is a great way to get control of everyone’s stuff and keep it organized by person so you are not always searching for misplaced things.
Let’s look at a few options so we can help you to find the perfect storage bench that will last your family for years to come.
Storage Benches and Ottomans for an Organized Home
Storage Bench With Cushion
Many homes today do not always come with a mudroom but luckily with so many storage options available today you can quickly turn a part of a room into an entryway perfect for any family. I love this bench because it is functional and looks great in a room. Use it to hold shoes, hats, gloves, or small sports equipment. There is plenty of room to sit comfortably and a solid hook rack above will only add to this bench’s functionality.
Take this bench up a notch and give each family member their own basket along with a hook above that is just for them to use. This is a great way to keep coats, book bags, and shoes neat and organize helping to calm some of the chaos that comes with a busy morning.
When your family has a specific spot to keep their things they are more apt to put them in their home and that means less clutter in your mudroom.
Open Shelved Storage Bench
If you are not a fan of baskets this is a great option for you? A more open approach that gives a full shelf for holding items up and out of the way. An open shelved storage bench is a great addition to an entryway and allows you and your family to quickly get shoes up off the ground. Sometimes all you need to do to keep things more organized is to get the stuff up off the floor. That means this bench may help more than you might think.
If the thought of storing shoes on a slatted bench shelf like this one, you can use a boot tray placed below your bench to keep the dirt and mud up off the floor.
Don’t give up on baskets altogether, they really are a great way to organize and declutter just about any space in your home. Read: How to Organize Your Entire Home with Baskets to find out more.
Corner Entryway Storage Bench
Not sure you have enough space for a wide bench? You can always focus your storage by verticle. This hall tree storage bench is a great way to do just that. With hooks, anti-tip support, and bench storage you have all you need for a smaller area in your home. Again, use those hooks by assigning one to each family member to encourage everyone to put their things away. (Do you see a trend here?)
Leaving in the morning can be a bit of a mad dash, and by organizing things by each family member you can avoid much of that.
Best Shoe Storage Bench
I just love this bench and the farmhouse style of it. If looks and style are at the top of your list this might be a perfect fit for you. Let’s face it, not all storage solutions need to be only about function without any decor style at all. With that being said I do feel this option is super functional.
You can use this farmhouse sliding entry bench for more than just an entryway storage option for your family’s shoes. This would also look great in a family room as an entertainment center. Use it for your TV stand, housing movies below organized by genre in baskets. Or you can purchase two and stack the benches in a dining room. Store dishes inside with the top a great way to display your favorite pieces or double as a buffet when you have guests over to visit.
The best way to find the perfect use for a storage bench is to first look at your space, list out what you need to store, and then go looking for what will fit and hold the items you need.
Family Room Storage Bench
When our kids were younger the number of toys and games that ended up in our family room was almost comical. At first, I would spend quite a bit of time picking up things day after day hauling the droppings left by my herd of kids back to their bedrooms. Finally, I realized instead of taking their things to the storage why not bring the storage to where they love to play with them the most. But a plastic toybox in a family room may not be what you have in mind.
The best solution may just be a stylish and functional storage bench like this fabric storage ottoman.
This is such a great bench and one you can use to store more than just kids’ toys. You can also use it to store games, art totes, puzzles, books, and more. No young kids at home? Then you can use this for holding extra pillows, warm winter blankets, and yes, adult games too!
Toy Storage Bench
I just love this kid’s room storage bench. Let’s face it, most kids’ rooms are short on space. This bench will allow you to utilize a corner in an efficient way that is quite genius. With storage below, you have lots of room to keep some of the random toys put away. What is even more amazing is the padded surface giving a great space for reading or watching television.
You can use baskets set up in each cubby to hold clothes, toys, books, or art supplies. Remember, the trick to a cleaner space is to have an easy way for your kids to put their things away when they are done using them. And baskets in a storage cubby will do just that.
Best Outdoor Storage Bench
One of the best storage solutions we made for our home was getting an outdoor storage bench. What a big help this was keeping not only clutter undercover but giving us a great place to put pillows and decor when a storm comes up out of nowhere.
The best part is, we now have extra seating whenever we need it without having to go looking for extra chairs. If I could choose my top pick from this list, this bench would be it. Have one on your back patio, front porch, or even near your garden, and have a safe space to keep your things without having to worry about things getting blown or damaged.
Bedroom Storage Bench
When clients of mine complain about the state of their closets, more often than not it is because they are keeping a full year’s wardrobe store inside. By finding storage for out-of-season clothing you will, in turn, free up valuable space in your closet and allow you to streamline things more easily.
Place a pretty storage bench like this floral fabric ottoman at the foot of your bed and you instantly create room for extra clothing that you may not have had the space for in your closet.
End Table Storage Ottomans
If you have a small family room then you may not have space for a large storage bench. That is why I just love these small cube ottomans. Not only are they great for hidden storage but they can also double as end tables. Sometimes thinking outside of the box can allow you to see storage as furniture.
Use these benches to hold blankets, videos, games, magazines, pillows, books, movies, and more. A great solution for small space living.
As you can see, the possibilities are endless when it comes to storage benches. With so many options available I know you can find a solution for every room in your home in almost any style. These benches are perfect for a dual-purpose solution for your home giving you extra space to hold items that you may not otherwise have a spot for. You can really find storage benches anywhere these days, and these are my top picks.
Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite and how you use your storage benches or ottoman.