Monday, May 23, 2011
There are times that no matter how we clean and arrange things in our living room, we still cannot understand why it still looks topsy-turvy. Maybe a day or two, it will look organized; but then after a few days the clutter is back. Well, this cannot be helped since this room is where the family gathers together and if you have kids at home, they just leave their things at the sofa. Like if they wanted to read a book, and suddenly felt tired, they go lock themselves in their bedroom and that is why in a week’s time, the living room is a mess.
Now this can be prevented if your kids have learned organization. But even if they do, if there is not enough space to keep things, then the problem will continue.
And an untidy and chaotic living room is the least that anybody would want to have. If you suddenly have guests, then it is just a shame to let them see the mess.
To prevent this from happening, you need to provide storage spaces for small and big things and whatever stuff that is normally left on the sofa or on the coffee table or even on the floor.
Modern living room furniture is now built with this idea. Since the high cost of living had prompted most families to live in small homes, space is an absolute need for them. And even if the home provides more area, if there is not sufficient storage areas, then living room clutter will still be a problem.
Modern living room furniture can assist you with your storage space issue and here are some of them.
Modern sofas have built-in shelves where you can keep your magazine, cards, books, etc.
Modern coffee tables were built to provide storage areas. Some have pull-out drawers, swivels out to create an L-shaped design and can be shoved in for a smaller look. There are coffee tables that can be swiveled out of place so you can extend it to new reaches. Doing that, it will expose four storage units where things like remotes, pens, keys and other small items can be kept. There are also coffee tables that have sliding mechanisms providing you more space underneath its top. You will really be amazed and fall in love with these new designs.
If you do not want to buy a new coffee table and you have the usual table with open space, then get decorative boxes, baskets or plastic crates and place them beneath the table. These will hold more stuff in the living room such as kid’s toys, board games, books, magazines, etc. A tablecloth that touches the floor can be used to hide them from sight.
Modern ottomans also provide storage areas for DVDs, art supplies, magazines, books, etc.
Instead of the usual TV table, opt to have the modern TV stands. It may be a TV stand but they are now designed with drawers and shelves for other gadgets.
An entertainment center is another good choice. This modern furniture offers more storeroom for DVDs, remote, books, magazine and other decorations. You can even keep your cables out of sight. You also have a choice of material, glass or the ever reliable wood.
A magazine rack can also be had for your magazines and newspapers. Again, a pretty basket can also keep these items in place.
A book shelf is another great idea to have in your living room. It can keep books and other reading materials in place. Similarly, it can be used for other decorative stuff that you have.
For shoes and slippers that are scattered everywhere, you can have entrance storage for these stuffs. How can you do this? Get a bench with an open space under it to put these items.
Beside that bench, you can have a standing hanger where coats can be placed.
For umbrellas, get a rattan pot-like container but make sure it is not too wide. It will be better if it is a little bit tall, maybe 2 – 2.5 feet high.
Organization in the living room can be achieved if your furniture can afford to have dual functions. If you want to make use of your old furniture, then examine them closely to get them to full use. Otherwise, you can sell them and opt to get the modern furniture available in your local shops or online furniture stores.