6 Pieces of Furniture That Can Transform Your Entire Home
There are certain pieces of furniture that you must have regardless of space: A sofa for relaxing, a table and chairs for eating and working, a bed for sleeping, and storage furniture for stashing infrequently used items. But once you get beyond the basics, what do you really need? Whether it's creative wall shelves, unique living room end tables or slim bathroom storage, making small changes to your furnishings can truly transform an entire home. Here are 6 pieces of furniture to consider when you're moving into your own home for the first time or looking to add variety to your existing furniture collection.
Storage Ottoman or Trunk Table
These multi-purpose furniture items can be placed in the bedroom, living room, kids room or den. Not only does it provide extra seating or a place to rest your feet, it offers hidden storage for linens, kids' toys, magazines, books, gift wrap supplies and remotes. Storage ottomans and trunk tables come in a variety of sizes and materials. From zebra print fabric to upholstered leather and everything in between, you can pick the style that best matches your existing decor. You'll have an invaluable piece of furniture that will serve you well for years to come.
To keep your house looking clean and neat, you need to get rid of stuff. The best option is to donate or sell the things you don't need or use that often. But if you aren't quite ready to part with that handmade quilt you got as a gift from your great aunt, yet don't really have a place for it, then store it. A storage chest is a great place to keep items you don't use often yet can quickly access when you want them. Cedar is especially useful for storing blankets, extra bed linens, sweaters and out of season clothing because it's a natural pest repellent.
Another furniture item that serves more than one purpose is a storage bench. If you prefer a bench that's open on the bottom instead of one with baskets, that's fine. Just take the time to find the right one. Add a cushion to the top to turn the bench into a comfortable place to sit, or arrange it in the entryway so guests have a place to sit while they take off and put on shoes. Use coordinated wicker or canvas baskets to match the rest of your decor. They're a great place to stash shoes, toys and other belongings in a hurry. Here are more stylish storage options you might like.
No matter if you choose ladder shelves, floating wall shelves, or modular shelves, adding these storage systems not only give you a way to display your precious collectibles or hide your clutter, they can also beautify your space. Use shelves to store rarely used kitchen gadgets, excess baby toys, decorative items, and of course books and other media items. Revamp your walls by incorporating shelves into your home decor and you'll transform a room in a hurry.
A Comfy Chair
Nothing says welcome home like a beautiful, comfy living room chair or leather recliner. Thanks to stylish designs, colors and textures, you're sure to find the perfect chair for your living room, den or family room. Once you're settled in, grab a drink tray or beverage stand and settle in for some serious relaxation.
Bathroom Cabinet or Organizer
Bathrooms normally don't offer a lot of built in storage. Vanity space is at a premium, and linen closets are a luxury. You need a place to store towels, toiletries, paper products, bath toys and everything else you keep in the bathroom. But the downside is that bathrooms are not exactly the biggest rooms in the house. So a slim or space-saving bathroom cabinet or organizer is a must. These tall, slim cabinets are designed to fit between the commode and the wall, next to the sink or into other hard-to-fill spaces in bathrooms. You'll be amazed at how much you can store in a tall cabinet that's only a few inches wide.