11 Organizational Ideas for Small Living Rooms

Updated: Nov. 29, 2023

If you have a small living room and need more storage ideas, there are plenty of solutions you can make yourself—some of them can be completed in just a couple minutes! Here are 11 ideas for organizing your living room (and keeping it organized).

Apartment living often means smaller rooms- but that doesn’t mean that you have to resign yourself to clutter. We’ve found several ways to stay organized and keep your living room tidy.

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Shelving for Small Living Room Storage and Organization

Looking for ideas for a small living room? Small spaces need creative solutions. Try hanging floating shelves in that small corner space where furniture won’t fit. Or try a corner shelf unit which takes up less room.

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Living Room Organization: Couch Caddy

Keep everything you need within arm’s reach. This clever IKEA hack couch caddy can hold your remote, a beverage and a magazine or newspaper. Find instructions at instructables.com.

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Space Saving Living Room Furniture: Nesting Tables

Nesting tables work great for small spaces and cutting clutter. Use them as an end table and set a lamp on top, then pull out the shorter tables when you need more tables for guests.

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Living Room Storage Bench

Storage benches aren’t just for mud rooms and entryways. They’re also a trendy living room idea. Try a storage bench in your living room for extra seating and store board games, toys or knitting supplies inside.

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Baskets and Ottomans for Spare Blankets

Some well-placed baskets and ottomans will help organize your living room. Store blankets, toys, crafting supplies, movies and even books inside. Here are our favorite small apartment living room ideas.

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Hide Living Room Storage With a Tablecloth

Hide items you don’t want out all the time with a tablecloth. Just place the cloth over an end table and store items in storage bins or baskets underneath. This is a great storage space for craft items you work on while watching television. Looking for more? Here are a few studio apartment storage ideas.

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Upcycled Small Living Room Storage Crates

You know those old fruit crates you see at resale and vintage shops? Use them to your advantage! Organize your living room by painting or staining them and then stack them up and use them to store books and pillows, and place a lamp or two on top. Your bookcase can be as sleek or rustic as you like.

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DIY Sofa Arm Table

Looking for a simple woodworking project? Try this DIY sofa arm table. You’ll need some pine boards, wood glue, pocket screws and some stain or paint. This is one of our favorite ideas for storage in a small living room.

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Living Room Fireplace Wood Storage

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, is there a way you can cut out a space in the wall nearby to create a storage area for logs? Check out this living room which uses the dead space around the fireplace as a creative storage spot.

If your landlord isn’t keen on the idea of creating built-in log storage, look for a small crate or rack to corral your logs.

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Living Room Organization: Big Bookcases

Try creating a floor-to-ceiling bookcase, then place furniture in front of the bookcase. This will help organize your living room and give you more room to store books, movies, and lots of other small items. You can use bins to store toys on the lower shelves.

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Behind-the-Couch Shelf

If you love using decor to make a space your own, but wonder how to arrange it in a small living room, we’ve got a simple DIY. Try making a shelf that runs between your couch and the wall. That space can be used as a spot to place a lamp or plants and store the remotes, books and candles.