Looking for a simple space saving solution? Space can be found everywhere if you just look. Here’s a simple tip to get more storage in your living room.
I have lived in a tiny one-room apartment with a twin bed that doubled as a couch and I have lived in houses with enough space to do an entire rhythmic gymnastics routine.
And do you know what I’ve discovered along the way?
There is always extra space to be found.
You just have to look for it.
I’ve found space in the kick plate underneath cabinets and space between the washer and dryer and space between studs in the wall and space at the very top of my closet and space behind a mirror in the dining room.
But one of my favorite space-saving ideas?
It’s in my living room.
And the best part?
No one really knows that it’s there. I only share it with my best friends who I know will appreciate it.
Just. Like. You.
Here’s a simple space saving solution for the living room.
See this couch in my living room?
Doesn’t it look like it’s pushed against the wall?
I know, right?
Everyone always asks me where I got the floor lamps behind the couch.
Except they aren’t floor lamps.
They are TABLE LAMPS.
Table lamps that are sitting on this table.
This console is the perfect space saving solution. It’s SUPER narrow–just under 12″.
Just deep enough for the width of a lamp base.
It’s the perfect table for this space because it just disappears.
I actually have two of these tables behind the couch end to end.
Here’s a wider view so you can see both of the tables.
End to end they run almost the entire length of the couch.
I found this diagram of the dimensions of the table.
It’s 31 1/2″ tall and 11 3/4″ deep and 39 3/8 wide.
And the best part?
It’s open in the middle.
SEE ALL THAT STORAGE.
So when you look at these couches?
You don’t notice the table at all. See what I mean? The perfect space saving solution.
It also accomplishes something else, too. I always tell everyone to bring their furniture into a space. If you pull the sofa or chairs or sectional into the space it just makes the room feel cozier.
And this table?
It helps the sofa into the family room.
The difference is super subtle, but pulling it 12 inches away from the wall makes the entire room feel more welcoming.
Here’s the side view of the table against the wall.
I have baskets that I use for storage. Here are a few things that I have kept at different times under these tables:
- extra linens
- floor pillows
- seasonal decor
- extra vases
- board games
- serving trays
It’s such an amazing space for storing things out of sight.
And no one ever notices all that extra storage that’s there.
I put together a few other space-saving solutions.
These are all narrow tables (most of them under 12″ deep) in different styles and colors.
You can use them behind your couch or here are a few other places they might work:
- a narrow wall between rooms
- under a pass-through
- in a bay window
I hope this post inspired you.
Space can be found.
It’s everywhere if you just look.
Anyone up for me performing that rhythmic gymnastics routine? 🙂
PS I’d love to hear where you found space in your house. Share any ideas you have in the comments.
PS I have more ideas like this on my organizing Pinterest board.
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