Give a rustic scheme a twist with storage made from materials other than wood. Innova display unit, made from high-gloss MDF and chipboard, (H)170x(W)118x (D)42cm, £299, Very.

Keep your living room free of clutter with these great storage ideas including media units, coffee tables with discreet storage and shelving unit.

What to consider when choosing living room storage

  • Think about the full range of storage options for a living room: fitted and freestanding pieces, as well as those that conceal their contents from view, and those that display their contents. All of these styles are useful, and you might prefer a combination of all of them.
  • Plan your shelving around what it will be holding, so that it’s strong enough and the right depth, plus assess how a collection of favourite pieces is likely to grow. Paint the shelving the same colour as the walls for an unobtrusive finish.
  • Don’t forget to allow for skirting boards when you’re measuring up for storage.
  • Storage furniture doesn’t have to come from the same range, but keep wood colours or finishes consistent and look for harmony between different pieces.
  • Invest in a modular system if you think your storage needs are likely to expand, so that it can be increased accordingly.
  • Store heavy items low down so that they don’t tip the furniture over, or choose a piece that can be fixed to a wall.
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This black cabinet is perfect for drinks or glasses as well as general storage. Button sideboard, made from American oak, (H)80x(W)100x(D)50cm, £799, from the John Reeves collection at Out & Out Original.

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Choose flexible pieces that will still work for you when your storage needs change. This sideboard can be closed when you’re stashing clutter, or slid left or right to display stylish items. Madison sideboard by Wewood, made from French oak, (H)80x(W)185x(D)50cm, £1,350, Iconic Interiors.

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Storage for open-plan rooms is perfect for separating different areas as well as displaying your favourite pieces. Dakota tall display unit in Light Mango, made from mango wood, (H)180x(W)100x (D)35cm, £332, Isme.

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Consider storage that incorporates different-sized drawers and compartments, so there’s a place to put small things without losing track of them, as well as somewhere for large essentials. Edgar storage cabinet, made from mango wood, (H)80x(W)41x (D)34.5cm, £365, Oliver Bonas.

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Save money and space with a piece that combines storage and another function. This coffee table offers plenty of storage. Riya upcycled timber table, (H)45x (W)90x(D)90cm, £395, Little Tree Furniture.

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Chests of drawers look practical and stylish in a living space if you choose a design with stunning curves. Tremony chest of drawers in Teal, made from hardwood and elm, (H)86x(W)85x(D)45cm, £349.99, WorldStores.

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