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Hidden in Plain Sight

What to do with all that junk? Stash it with these stylish storage options.

Are your closets an avalanche waiting to happen? Is every drawer in your home filled to bursting? And what about under the bed—is there so much stuff that the dust bunnies have no space to multiply?

Most people store excess junk this way, but there’s a big downside: When it’s jammed somewhere out of sight, it usually becomes out of mind, too. If everything’s inaccessible why hang onto all of it in the first place?

Good question, but one that’s best left for an episode of A&E’s Hoarders. For now, let’s look at ways to solve the problem that won’t compromise your home’s décor.

A number of furniture and accessory designers have successfully addressed the storage issue with innovative pieces. They are both decorative and functional, keeping items contained but close at hand. And when your stuff is accessible, it’s transformed from useless junk stored out of reach to items with a purpose, ready to be used in the rooms where they’re needed. Now that’s a perfect marriage of beauty and utility.

1. Master of Disguise
Who’d ever guess this sophisticated piece has storage hidden beneath the cushioned bench seat? $359-$911, depending on size, and upholstery fabric chosen, at ballarddesigns.com.

2. Turn Over a New Leaf
The Broyhill Perspectives storage dining table has a pair of hidden panels that slide open to reveal felt-lined compartments for storing silverware. $899 at Hudson’s Furniture in Orlando.

3. Tool Time
This rugged chest is a replica of an early 1900s French original used by auto factory workers to store tools. What you store in it is up to you. $694 at Restoration Hardware in Winter Park.

4. Cutting Edge
The Edge bed boasts four sliding drawers in the base for stowing extra blankets, spare sheets or other bedroom necessities. $3,995-$4,395 at environmentfurniture.com.

5. Means to an End
The top of the Mesa end table is actually a lid that can be removed to reveal ample storage inside the roomy base. $55.99 at spacesavers.com.

6. Hot Wheels
Lane gives a new spin to the storage cocktail table by putting it on wheels. Now you can move it to wherever the clutter is for easy cleanup. $599 at lanefurniture.com.

7. The Long & Short of It
EXPEDIT shelving units can be used horizontally or vertically to make the most of your wall space. Shelving, $69.99; handwoven KNIPSA baskets, $16.99 each at IKEA at The Mall at Millenia.

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