Dining room storage ideas – 27 of the best

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Dining room storage is really important to keep the room tidy and clutter-free – and it gives you room to storage excess kitchen equipment.

Few of us have the luxury of a separate dining room these days. For most of us, a dining table is part of an open plan living room or is the centre of all the action in a kitchen. Which means we need to be canny about where we store all the bits and bobs we need to make mealtimes possible.

In a kitchen-diner, it’s easy to store cutlery, crockery and glassware in kitchen cupboards, but if you entertain around the table, you want to make it feel as much as a separate space from the kitchen as possible. A freestanding bookcase or wall shelving close to the table can be home to tablecloths and napkins, place mats, tealights – or even be used to display pretty plates. If you have the space in your kitchen, think about creating a breakfast room with stools ready for the chaos of the morning rush. 

If you’ve got more space, a sideboard is just the thing. It neatly stores everything you need and gives you a surface for serving dishes and bottles of wine, too. Alcoves can be utilised for dining room storage, stacking them with your favourite cookbooks adds a nice culinary touch.

Consider a glass fronted cabinet, second-hand ones can be upcycled with paint or wallpaper, it will offer a self-contained place for stuff but will look damn cool into the bargain. If you’re really stuck for storage space, a good tip is to ‘look high and low’. A high-level shelf running around a wall or two is surprisingly handy for storing and displaying jugs, silverware and the like. Lower down, benches which double as storage or low-level built-in cupboards along a wall which can be used as seats, are a good bet.

If you’re using dining room wallpaper, choose plain dining room storage solutions so the sets don’t clash with any prints.

Image credit: Katya de Grunwalf