No Budget For Built-Ins? Find 20+ Freestanding Storage Ideas
Inspired by freestanding pantries in the kitchen — one of House & Home‘s trends for 2018 — we love the idea of freestanding storage in every room. A great alternative to pricey built-ins when budget and square-footage are at a premium, freestanding storage saves space and costs less, too. A gold etagere next to the fireplace? Yes, please! A vintage console in the dining room? We’ll take it! Click through for fabulous freestanding storage ideas.
Consider customizing freestanding storage to give it a built-in feel. Designer Sarah Hartill topped a rosewood console with a slab of marble for a more substantial look.
Shoes seem to pile up in entryways and can easily add clutter. Designer Erika Floysvik custom-designed this double console (which is mounted on casters) to keep hers in order.
To make up for any lost storage in an open-concept kitchen, consider adding a glass-fronted hutch. To make the look cohesive, choose one in a similar style and color to your cabinetry.
In designer Jean Stéphane Beauchamp’s home office, he created a visual focal point out of a vintage hutch. The back is painted a vibrant turquoise, while the exterior is a milky white — practical and pretty.
In this Vancouver apartment, a tall cabinet with wallpaper-backed glass doors strikes a feminine note. The mix of open and closed storage beneath the bed is a smart way to keep things from looking too busy.
Antique furniture is a great way to elevate everyday storage, as exemplified by this antique Biedermeier secretary. Layering in modern artworks and little mementos add to the visual charm.
Bathrooms are a fresh and unexpected place to incorporate freestanding storage. A vintage armoire artfully stores towels, baskets and other bathroom essentials.
A 30-year-old Ikea buffet got a new lease on life thanks to matte black paint and modern hardware. The tall height of this chest of drawers makes it the perfect resting spot for a bedroom mirror.
A contemporary sideboard with modern pulls is the perfect supporting act for a statement piece of art.
Repurpose vintage pieces, like this small chest that doubles as a bar, for a stylish take on freestanding storage.
If you have a statement wallpaper, why not pair it with an equally bold hutch? This one was painted in millennial pink and displays a varied collection of crockery and containers that complements the eclectic look of the space.
In this small Montreal rental condo, the dining room sideboard hides not only serving pieces, but also out-of-season clothing and sports equipment.
A large Art Deco credenza is the perfect statement piece for this sleek dining room.
In this rural New Brunswick home, the home office makes the most of freestanding storage, with a tall grey-green armoire and a low-slung cabinet with white locker doors.
The creative geniuses behind design firm Les Ensembliers created an intimate dressing nook in their Montreal home. The striking antique chest is a handsome focal point.
A mirror-backed cabinet reflects light around this black and white living room — a nice balance to the piece’s dark and moody black frame.
A pair of matching storage consoles anchor the area beneath the stairs in this Toronto condo. Freestanding storage is a clever way to maximize awkward or underused spaces without breaking the bank.
The cane-backed doors of this cabinet have an open and airy feel while still keeping the contents safely hidden away inside. Open weaves are a a great way to straddle the line between open and closed storage.
Designer Jay Hodgins uses open metal shelving units in his walk-in pantry, meaning his ingredients and dishes are never far from reach. It’s also an easy-to-use system for when he’s entertaining guests — they can immediately see where the cereal and bowls are!
Designer Frank Muytjens, former head of J.Crew menswear, tucked a vintage filing cabinet under the eaves in his upstate New York getaway. A piece with this many drawers makes categorizing and organizing a breeze.
A stately vintage wardrobe in an entryway is the perfect place to stash jackets and coats. The deep drawer and interior shelves also make a great spot for stowing hats, mitts and shoes.
In the kitchen, a freestanding cupboard is the perfect alternative to a pantry. The deep shelves and shelf-backed doors means there’s enough room for all the kitchen bits and bobs.