Stow Away in Style: Alternative Storage for Any Space

By Douglas Calhoun, Zillow

Courtesy of Zillow Digs.

When it comes to home decor, finding tasteful organizing solutions is crucial, especially for renters and small-space dwellers. These beautiful containers, bins, trunks, and chests are ideal for stashing everything from cleaning supplies to linens.

Whether you’re in a shabby chic beach house or a modern brownstone, you can’t have enough storage alternatives. Organize beautifully with these finds.

Vintage luggage

This tan leather suitcase’s dinged-up edges and weathered surface tell an amazing story. Towing the line between “distressed” and “beaten-up” can be challenging with antiques, but this is a perfect example of a well-worn, exciting find worth coveting.

Tripling as out-of-sight storage, side table and conversation starter, beautiful luggage — either stacked or standing solo — will anchor any small space.

Vintage Leather Suitcase, Etsy, $132

Wooden crates and wine boxes

You can hunt down wine boxes and heirloom wooden crates at antique stores or estate sales, or purchase new ones online. They’re great for outfitting a lake or beach house with storage for board games or clean towels.

3-Piece Wood Crate Set, All Modern, $129

Convertible coffee table

The metal frame of this modern coffee table supports a streamlined wooden tabletop that converts into an elevated surface and reveals hidden storage. This clever find comes in two tones, and is a perfect solution to stow books and remotes.

Industrial Storage Coffee Table, West Elm, $600

Upholstered trunk

If you’re looking for something budget-friendly and stylish, this trunk is a great fit. Kick off your shoes and throw your feet up on this piece for comfortable solo TV bingeing, or set out a cheese board on a tray when you’re using it as a coffee table. It’s easy to dress this piece up or down, and it’s also a great place to store out-of-season clothing and accessories.

Cocktail Trunk, Wayfair, $310

Acrylic cube

See-through trunks are perfect for nursery toys, beautiful books, or anything you mean for folks to see. These can double as an eye-catching side table, and work well in a closet, too.

Mod Locker, CB2, $479

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