Expert designers share their favorite dining room storage tips. From bookshelves and floating shelves to baskets and buffets, discover what works best for your space and design style.
For a house with young children, dining room storage solutions must be child-friendly and clever enough to keep little hands away. Designer Christopher Grubb recommends using bench storage or a window seat with drawers to keep curiosity at bay.
Bench seating is ideal for a dining area with limited space. Layla Palmer of the Lettered Cottage says creativity is key for small spaces.
Elegant and simple
Even the simplest piece can stand out in a large dining area. A shelf with a couple of statement pieces or something on top of a buffet or a serving surface is a great way to make a focal point.There is such pleasure in getting things out for a wonderful occasion because it makes it a bit more special and worth the extra effort.
This rustic, open buffet from HGTV Green Home 2008 offers a practical yet stylish solution to child-friendly storage. If your dining area serves as a multi-purpose room for the kids. Mix baskets of different shapes and sizes to accommodate the stored-away items.
This contemporary dining room offers storage without taking away room space. this custom dining room cabinetry to maintain the simplicity of the decor. The built-in unit houses a coat closet, AV equipment and dishes and serving equipment for the dining area.
Efficient and stylish Shelving
Display shelves are the best storage idea for small spaces.Wall-mounted cabinets or narrow display shelves are great because they keep heavy furniture off the floor and make the room appear larger and more open. To keep the room from looking cluttered, select a few key pieces for shelf decor.
Bookshelves can represent any decorating style. In this dining room design, create a multi-functional space for the entire family.
Practical Floating Buffet
Freestanding furniture is great for rearranging, but if you’re looking for something more permanent, a floating storage buffet can create the perfect statement. According to designer Christopher Grubb, the floating buffet makes the room appear larger by keeping the floor space clear.
Open Cubbies and Shelves
Open storage solutions, like shelves and cubbies, allow books, dishes and favorite pieces to be proudly showcased. Layla Palmer of the Lettered Cottage favors open storage in dining room designs.
Traditional Storage Cabinet
For a traditional dining room, designer Luis Caicedo suggests using an antique buffet or china cabinet to keep special-occasion items safely stored but still ready to use.