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.
1. When storage meets a window seat.
2. Drawers and a bench in one.
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.
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.
7. Lots of multi-use shelving.
8. Cubbies that hold everything.
9. A swanky bar cart.
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.