It doesn’t seem to matter what time of year it is – when it comes to keeping your home clean and tidy it’s a constant challenge. The pesky sock drawer that forever seems to have a countless number of mismatched pairs, that infamous cupboard in the kitchen absolutely full to the brink with containers missing their lids. The letters and junk mail along with pens and all sorts of nick knackery that always seem to end up on the dining table or clogging up the kitchen island. The list of housekeeping irritations goes on and on.
As part of our New Year’s resolutions, we’ve vowed not to leave everything pile up, to thank that old chipped cup for its service then put it in the bin finally and most importantly, get rid of any items we’ve kept ‘just in case’ that are littering up our lives.
With this in mind, we’ve pulled together some stylish and practical storage solutions that will help you keep to your house tidying promises. So here’s our list of top sideboards, bookshelves and coffee tables to help you stay neat and tidy.
To the side
A large practical sideboard can really help save the day when it comes to making things tidy. From all your paperwork to board games, they also help maximise your living space whilst offering a wide variety of storage options. As an added extra, they’re the perfect display surface for any favourite pieces of sculptural art and greenery, bringing back to life an unused corner of the house.
One of our firm favourites is the Ercol Ballata Storage Cabinet. With a timeless design, this beautiful range comes in a pale oak that will work well in any area. It offers plenty of useful storage but it has been designed to fit in smaller spaces with a shallow depth. Including an adjustable shelf and three drawers, this piece of furniture is perfect for open plan living or just a spare alcove.
Looking for a visual statement? The Janella Tall Sideboard might be the perfect answer. This beautiful piece features a joyful yet contemporary and minimal look, ideal for an open plan modern dining scheme. With some open shelves for displaying smaller items and plenty of cupboard space, this sideboard will help transform your dining area.
The Hulsta Gentis is a sideboard that takes centre stage in your living area. This practical piece of furniture is a real design feature with crisp lines, subtle lighting and a clever fitting technology which creates a stunningly light and airy look that we can’t get enough of.
The Skovby SM300 Sideboard combines a retro-inspired look with a modern twist. Its design focuses on the important interaction between form and functionality. This sideboard provides plenty of storage room without sacrificing design flair.
If you’re like us then drink bottles cluttering up the house isn’t really a problem – they never stay full long enough! But if you’ve got an enviable collection of fine wines and don’t know where to store them, then a sleek and sophisticated drinks cabinet is the obvious solution. The Ballata Drinks Cabinet from Ercol is a stylish, impressive and charming piece that will turn heads and provide the perfect backdrop for entertaining.
With a top section featuring a mirror at the back of the cupboard, it uses the lights above to its advantage and, along with an adjustable glass shelf it will display any drinking glasses perfectly. Just below that there's a pull out wooden shelf to use as a bar surface to make drinks for guests and below that again, there's a shallow drawer for any cocktail making tools.
In the main cupboard there's a built-in wine rack with space for 24 bottles and on either side adjustable internal shelving for storing and displaying any additional bottles, glassware and general bar accompaniments.
Up and out of the way
A nice, simple bookshelf can change the whole aesthetic of an area whilst becoming a practical solution for all the family. It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking about the kitchen, the studio or the living room; we have the perfect solution for you.
With a minimal and practical design, the Grand Union Large Bookshelf will hold all your cooking books, utensils and decorative items. Featuring a look and feel that echoes the style of the Grand Union range, this bookshelf includes four large open shelves and rear crossbars to support the frame and increase stability.
Tom Schneider is a great choice when it comes to making a statement. If you’re looking to add some character to your home without compromising on practicality, take a look at the Swirl Shelves. The rolling curves of this collection show off the natural beauty of the wood to perfection. The smooth uncluttered design makes for a striking statement along with being undeniably practical. The open form of the glass shelves will beautifully display your items.
If you need some extra shelving but don't want to compromise your space, the Tom Schneider Serpent Shelves bring a wonderfully fluid and gracious shape to your walls. The way the form flows from tight to gentle curves gives a strong sense of movement and allows light to emphasise the natural beauty of the materials. Perfect for displaying your favourite accessories.
A coffee table with storage capacity
Keeping the living room tidy can be a tall order if you’re someone that likes to have magazines and books to hand and the ability to amass piles of paperwork. Getting a coffee table that brings with it some extra storage space can be the ideal solution.
The Janella Coffee Table packs a real visual punch. With a moving top surface for extra space and open shelves to store any printed publications, letters or notebooks, this table is a clever little storage saviour.
We are always pleasantly surprised by everything Fama brings our way and the Blues Adaptable Enya Coffee Table doesn’t disappoint. Made in solid wood with a classic carpentry construction it features a folding system that will transform it into a dining table, – perfect for anyone who needs to save space. With an attractive, simple and functional design, it will suit a lot of different home décor.
Just looking for some extra surface space? The Calligaris Symbol Round Wooden Coffee Table sets itself apart with the optical effect of its slightly rounded top which appears to be suspended on a 3-legged base. It offers great versatility for any living area and ensures you can have the important things like tea and biscuits right at your fingertips.
Something that will work either in the living room or the bedroom could is the Calligaris Match Small Wooden Coffee Table. Featuring different heights and widths, with an almost square top and beveled-edged sides, the Match coffee tables can overlap with each other making for an interesting and practical design feature.
So the best of luck with your 2020 tidying resolutions and remember what Quentin Crisp said if you don’t feel like a bout of cleaning and organising on occasion; “There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years, the dirt doesn't get any worse”.
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