Keeping a tidy home doesn't come naturally to everyone — which is probably why it's becoming more and more popular to find pieces that are multifunctional and thus take up less space. Furniture that doubles as storage helps you keep unwanted items stashed out of sight, and, thankfully, more and more brands are beginning to respond to those needs by creating items that aren't just functional, but still add style to your space. And just because it's doubly useful doesn't mean you'll pay twice the price. For example you can find plenty of chic storage benches under $100 that will help you keep any room clutter-free.
A popular New Year's resolution for many people is getting (and staying) organized, whether that means your desk, closet, or even your teeny-tiny kitchen. But if you're looking for solutions for living rooms, bedrooms, or even mudrooms, a storage bench might be the secret weapon you've been searching for to achieve your desired level of tidiness. In a living room, they can be used to hide extra blankets or your arsenal of remotes. Placed at the foot of your bed, a bench can offer you a comfy seat while covertly keeping unmentionables tucked away. And in your mudroom or foyer it's a perfect place for shoes to be stored.
Another thing to note about storage benches is that, these days, the options are endless in terms of aesthetics. If your mind immediately gravitates toward clunky wooden pieces that are impossible to move or romper-room-like cubed structures, you can rest easy. Benches come in various shapes and sizes and can take on a more vintage look or sleek and chic minimalist vibe.
For those with simplicity or space-saving in mind, look to a rectangular ottoman bench with a removable top. For those with a more retro mindset, try a tufted, winged storage bench that can sit at the foot of your bed or entryway. And for those with practicality in mind, a small, modern cubed bench is great for extra shoe storage.
And don't worry about your New Year budget being impacted by a new piece of furniture. These hand-dandy items won't be costing you an arm and a leg. They can, but they don't need to. You can absolutely go the budget route and find a stunning piece for a bargain price — but that still looks pretty expensive. You just need to know where to look.
If a storage bench feels like something that can help bring your room together while keeping you organized, you're in luck. Some of your favorite affordable decor retailers, including Ikea, Target, and Wayfair, have options that will cost you less than a haircut at your go-to fancy salon. And they
To prove the point, find 10 versions ahead — from a mid-century modern piece to one decked out in color of the year Living Coral — for under $100. Looks like your spring cleaning will be starting early this year — and be much less labor intensive than you thought.