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Affordable Storage Solutions That Aren’t Ikea

Caitlin Mullen for InteriorCrowd
by Caitlin Mullen for InteriorCrowd
October 6, 2015

Don’t get us wrong: Ikea is an amazing budget resource and we’re as obsessed as you are with decorating on a dime. That said, if you look around your apartment and find that your sofa, dining room table, and favorite chair are all imports from the Swedish superstore, it may be time to mix things up. We’ll forever be faithful to classic Ikea storage solutions like the sleek Vittsjo or the simple Lack wall shelves. But when you’re craving change (and still want to keep things cheap), here are the storage solutions we suggest if you’re in the mood to mix things up.

Kitchen Storage For Stylish Home Cooks

(Tillary; InterMetro; Container Store via Pinterest)

While this might not be news to some of you super-savvy self-organizing gurus,for the rest of us, it’s good to know that The Container Store is an amazing resource for home storage, ranging from stand-alone shelving to customizable closet systems. If the name of this chain conveys mental images of unwieldy Tupperwares and boring plastic bins, it’s time to take another look. While Ikea’s designs for bedroom and living room storage are incredibly strong, sometimes we crave more options when it comes to kitchen and dining storage—especially those of us living in small spaces. The gorgeously simple InterMetro kitchen storage line features shelves of varying widths and heights, perfect for holding everything from your toaster oven to your precious collection of La Creuset pots. When it comes to the kitchen, we also adore the easy elegance of a glass-fronted cabinet to store favorite dishes and cups. The Tillary two-door cabinet from Walmart is one sleek option that will save you some major cash. You’ll love showing off your colorful kitchenware, and the single bottom drawer is perfect for stashing away your more unsightly odds and ends. Look for retailers who offer free shipping on bigger pieces and you’ll save even more.

Living Room Storage Options

(Emerson Shelving; Sauder Beginnings Bookcase)

Your living room is likely the epicenter of your home, whether you’re the type to entertain often, or you’d prefer to spend your time relaxing with a book or watching a movie from the comfort of your couch. Either way, your living room needs to be both functional and comfortable and the right storage setup will help you get there. For bibliophiles looking to achieve an affordable library look, Wayfair has some incredibly priced options like the Sauder Beginnings Bookcase, available in finishes like Highland Oak, Brook Cherry, and Soft White. At $65, you’ll be able to stock up on several to house your book and media collections. If you’re hoping to display a mix of curios, books, objects, and art, the Emerson Shelving System from World Market is a reinterpretation of vintage industrial shelving and would look great with most decor schemes. If you’re a DIY-type, you might take a stab at putting together your own industrial shelving using PVC pipe and salvaged wood. Online tutorials abound and will guide you through the process to building the shelf of your dreams on the cheap.

Best Bets for the Bedroom

(Ballet Bar; Wooden Storage Bench)

Storage in the bedroom should be subtle and stylish. Storage solutions like this Single Rail Ballet Bar clothing rack allow you to keep your favorite pieces on display, incorporating your most treasured garments into your decor. While the inspiration for this clothing rack is clearly rooted in industrial style, the subtleness of this piece, or any similarly simple clothing rack, would make it a fit in any bedroom. A storage bench placed at the end of a bed or against a wall is also a fantastic way to add both seating and bonus storage space for your clothes. The Issac Wooden Storage Bench from Target is one example of a gorgeous storage and furniture combo that would be perfect for stashing away winter sweaters, documents and papers, or anything else you’d like to keep out of plain view.

(Lincoln Bookshelf and Media Tower; Dot & Bo Nightstand)

As far as shelving for the bedroom, it can feel fresh and polished to use a shelving system next to the bed as an alternative to a nightstand. A skinny shelf with interesting visual details is a sophisticated way to display your best-loved books, photos, and favorite objects. The Lincoln Metal Distressed Brown Bookshelf and Media Tower, available via Overstock, is a budget-friendly piece that offers the same look as something two or three times its modest price point. If you’re more into a low-profile nightstand, something sleek like this contemporary nightstand from Dot & Bo is great for lovers of modern design, and the two-drawer storage will keep your bedroom looking clutter-free and peaceful.


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Caitlin Mullen for InteriorCrowd

Caitlin is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is a life-long flea market junkie and you can find her vintage shop, Save Me Vintage, on Etsy. She is also a regular seller at Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene and Franklin Flea in Philadelphia. Follow her on Instagram @SaveMeVintage as she searches high and low for forgotten treasures and design inspiration.

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