Dinner Guests Will Swoon Over These 10 Dining Room Storage Ideas

Dining room storage can be quite a challenge. It's not like there are hidden drawers in your dining table, the kitchen seems oh-so-far-away, and of course, there are tons of things that you need to have at your fingertips — such as napkins, salt and pepper shakers, an assortment of wine and liquor ... you know, the essentials. Or perhaps you just want a nice spot where you can display a few of your fave pieces of decor.

Whatever your fancy, these 10 drool-worthy spaces will show you how to make all of your dining room storage dreams come true with clever cabinetry, open shelving, and multifunctional seating.

1. When storage meets a window seat.

white dining room with mixed seating and contemporary chandelier
credit: Studio McGee

This built-in window seat, designed by Shea from Studio McGee, provides extra space for storage and looks dreamy thanks to neutral throw pillows and an ultra-cool, modern chandelier.

2. Drawers and a bench in one.

In her dining area, Molly of Almost Makes Perfect got incredibly creative — like, really creative. She used IKEA dressers as additional seating around her dining table, offering lots of drawers for stashing things.

3. Open shelving filled with essentials.

Open shelving — like the minimal wall-mounted option in this dining room designed by Avenue Lifestyle — is a great way to achieve a little extra storage space. From books, to salt and pepper shakers, to a snazzy Bluetooth speaker, this organized display blends in seamlessly, adding visual interest without distracting from the beautiful woven dining chairs.

4. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

colorful dining room with bohemian tassel pendant light and white open shelving
credit: Studio DIY

Kelly over at Studio DIY might just have the happiest dining room around, thanks to vibrant pops of color and tall, white bookcases that hold a collection of vivid objects and useful items, too. The shelves don't take up tons of room, and they present the perfect opportunity to show off your unique style and fun personality.

5. A classic sideboard.

You can never go wrong with a classic credenza, as beautifully demonstrated by the stunning Scandinavian-inspired beauty in Emily Henderson's Portland dining room. The drawers are perfect for storing placemats, napkins, table runners, and the like, while the top presents an ideal opportunity to create Insta-worthy vignettes.

6. A sleek and modern buffet.

If your storage needs require more than a few drawers, a buffet is an excellent option. This cabinet found in Kaeley from Kaekoo's dining room pops in white and looks flawless when paired with decorative items like a graphic throw pillow, potted houseplants, and a bohemian wall hanging.

7. Lots of multi-use shelving.

Blogger Friederike put her dining room to work by also incorporating a desk, so needless to say storage space is kind of important. Thanks to wall-mounted open shelving and a bookcase, she has plenty of room to store dining related odds and ends as well as office essentials.

8. Cubbies that hold everything.

Angela from Saffron Avenue has storage for days in her dining room. The white bookcase brimming with bins and cubbies takes center stage and is punctuated by a navy-blue accent wall, proving that storage and style can go hand in hand.

9. A swanky bar cart.

midcentury style bar cart with casters and brass detailing
credit: West Elm

A bar cart is a simple way to bring storage and throwback style into your dining room. This drink trolley is multi-tiered so it has enough room to hold dining and happy hour must-haves alike. And with its handsome midcentury looks, you might just fool everyone into thinking it's a fabulous flea market find.

10. A wall filled with cabinetry.

If you're blessed with the gift of space in your dining room, follow the lead of Tom and Jessica from 25:40 Love & Co. and go big or go home when it comes to storage. They designed an entire wall of built-in cabinetry that stands at the ready to hold dining must-haves. Plus, the white hue pairs perfectly with the contemporary Windsor-style dining chairs.