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.
Wallpapered drawer fronts give this mid-century sideboard a colourful update, while plain white chairs are refreshed with urban fabrics. Wood wallpaper makes such an unexpected statement when it is used across a whole wall, as in this dining room.
The Peanut Vendor
Rockett St George
Fed up with clutter? Bespoke storage like this is ideal for keeping plates and dinnerware close to hand in a dining room. This one has drawers, rather than lift-up lids, a feature that frees up the top surface for display – as well as seating.
Matthew Elton for Heal’s Discovers at Heal’s
Russell Pinch at The Conran Shop
A sideboard is a great place to store plates, cutlery and glasses, especially when they look as cool and unique as this one does. The striking painting, quirky lamps and an ornate candelabrum contrast with the white sideboard in this modern dining room.
Much of the furniture in this dining room has been given a bespoke touch, including these display cabinets, which have been lined with textured wallpaper. This is a great way to liven up a simple or outdated cabinet.
Storage isn’t always about concealing belongings. If you have objects that are worthy of showing off then display them along an open shelf. Match them to the wall colour for a seamless, unobtrusive look or create a feature with a contrasting material. Pale furniture, panelling and raw fabrics combine for a light country-style dining room scheme.
Wooden carver chair
John Lewis of Hungerford
If you have the space, consider incorporating a larder-style cupboard into your dining room scheme. Storage on this mighty scale means there shouldn’t be anything left cluttering up your dining room. Make a feature of it by painting it in contrasting colours. Combine jungle greens with creams for a tropical look that retains elegance.
Dining room storage doesn’t have to be boring and purely practical. Have fun with a bookcase by painting it in a daring colourway. The beauty of this is that it can be changed regularly to match your mood, all at a relatively low cost. A mustard chair is a tasteful way to sit down to dinner, while pretty, witty cutlery stands up to scrutiny.
It’s easy to make storage look stylish and practical by choosing an open-back unit and organising all your dining essentials in pretty storage boxes that match your dining room scheme. Next, pop a colourful radio and a stylish print on one of the shelves and place a funky dining chair nearby for extra style points.
Give your dining room a relaxed vintage feel with a retro-style sideboard. Look out for a wooden design with tapered legs and pair it with a pictorial wallpaper to make a bold style statement. Complete the look with mismatched dining chairs, a practical oilcloth and quirky accessories.
Dedicate an entire wall of your dining room
to storage with an oversized unit, such as this one. For such a big
piece of furniture, it’s important to keep the look light by chooing a
pale-wood finish so it doesn’t dominate the space. Fill the drawers with
dining room essentials, such as tablecloths and extra crockery, and use
the open shelves for display. Top the cabinet with a quirky clock to
ensure nobody’s late for dinner!
Storage doesn’t have to be large to be effective, so why not fix a printer’s tray to one wall of your dining room
to give all your little knick-knacks a home? Fill it with all those
little mementoes you’ve collected from holidays, or small gifts given to
you by friends. Keep the wall behind neutral to really let your display
shine, and place your dining table close by so you can admire your
display as you eat.
Seek out a large sideboard with a mix of drawers and doors to keep all your dining room
clutter contained in one place. Look out for a secondhand one at
antiques fairs or charity shops and paint it white then add brass cup
handles for a traditional look. Finish by styling the top with your
favourite accessories, including vases and candle holders.
Who says a dining room
needs to be near the kitchen? If space in your home is at a premium,
consider using the stairs as a dramatic backdrop to your dining table.
Choose practical laminate flooring for this dual-purpose space, lift a
rustic wood table with modern dining shairs and hang a print on the wall
to add a shot of colour.
Use a bookcase as a stylish storage option for your dining room.
There’s no better place to store all your cookery books! Go for an
all-out retro look by combining a mid-century piece with eye-catching
wallpaper and wooden dining furniture. Break up the scheme with a couple
of upholstered dining chairs in a contrasting colour.
Jazz up a corner of your dining room
with a painted dresser – this design has lots of display space for your
treasured crockery. Add hooks to the edge of one of the shelves and
hang up your best china cups for all to see. Should you need extra
storage, pop a couple of wicker baskets underneath the unit for place
mats and table runners.
We love this space-saving dining table. Hidden drawers and shelves are the perfect place to store napkins and placemats.
This storage unit is both stylish and practical. Not only does it divide the living room and dining room, it’s the perfect place to display flowers, books and
When space is tight, use every inch of your home. Store CDs, books and DVDs in alcoves and let the dining area take centre stage.
Dining room storage doesn’t have to be boring – jazz it up with bright yellow boxes, statement lighting and quirky mirrors.
A hostess trolley will make life much easier if you’re throwing a dinner
party. Keep wine close by, and wheel it into the kitchen once guests
Built-in shelves can add interest to a neutral dining room scheme. Let family photos
and personal treasures take centre stage and fill the bottom shelves
with DVDs and books.