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Here is a photo of my living room (it has changed a little since but forgive me for the old photo):

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So a few things have changed already but the layout for the big furniture is the same. See the shelves in the right corner?

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This shelf is starting to feel oddly-placed and too crowded for me. My parents recently painted their DIY built-in wood shelves in their living room and it has inspired me (they look awesome but sadly I have no pics at this time).

As you probably remember Husband and I moved from a 2 story 3 bedroom home with a basement to a 2 bedroom (no dining room) apartment. We LOVE our apartment but it is considerable smaller and storage is a fun task to complete (but I LOVE the challenge truth be told). I could use more storage and I know having more shelves means I could spread stuff out a bit-instead of cramming it all on one shelf in the living room. The goal is NOT to get more stuff to fill these shelves, I stress that to you and to myself-I need to reminder:)

I LOVE the Expedit shelving from Ikea (I currently own 3 But I have had up to 5 before including the biggest one they make).

Expedit now has high gloss colors available! Yes please!

EXPEDIT Shelving unit IKEA The high gloss surfaces reflect light and give a vibrant look.

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Unfortunately the size shelf I want is only available in birch, white, or black-brown:

EXPEDIT Shelving unit IKEA Choose whether you want to place it vertically or horizontally to use it as a shelf or sideboard.

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So, what to do?

I was originally thinking of adding the above size shelf to the ends of the couch/corners of the living room and then putting another 2X4 shelf behind the couch/in between the windows.

Now I am worried about these being too short in comparison to the windows and my high living room ceiling. AHH!

So…I am thinking maybe the Billy bookcase is a better option-it is about 20 inches taller than Expedit!

BILLY Bookcase IKEA Narrow shelves help you use small wall spaces effectively by accommodating small items in a minimum of space.

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BILLY Bookcase IKEA Adjustable shelves can be arranged according to your needs.

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Or I could go for these open shelving units:

VITTSJÖ Shelving unit IKEA Tempered glass and metal are durable materials that provide an open, airy feel.

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I hesitate with open shelving though-you cannot hide ANYTHING. I am not sure I want to commit to that yet.

I am leaning towards the Billy bookcases and putting them in the two corners and in the middle of the windows.

Thoughts?

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5 thoughts on “Should I Re-vamp My Living Room for MORE Storage?

  1. ilesfoley says:

    How tall are the windows and ceiling? And how tall is the tallest shelf? I personally would not use the open shelves. It would be too hard.

    1. Amy says:

      The windows are about 90-100 inches high (almost to the ceiling) and the tallest shelf is 79 inches.
      I have ruled out the open shelves :)
      I am now thinking I don’t want to spend any money-so I’m trying to come up with another solution using what I have. I’ll update the blog soon.
      Thanks for your input!

  2. Grandma says:

    Long! I meant.

  3. Grandma says:

    The thing is, the couch is lone, need more space between them. And if will look crowded with shelves between the Windows. I think you might like lower ones.

    1. Amy says:

      Thanks Grandma-I will def take this into account while I am considering my options

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