Make your coffee table do a double duty. Suspend a shelf 4 to 5 inches below the top. It's a handy place to store items ranging from magazines to games and puzzles. Less clutter, less headache.
For more storage space, you may want to consider making use of your grandmother's old attractive antique trunk. Pull it out of the attic and use it as an coffee table.
For the half-read newspaper or magazine, make a "pocket caddy" and attach it to your reading chair. Make a cloth envelope with a long tongue that you can secure under the seat cushion with Velcro strips. Use slipcover fabric or a compatible fabric.
Almost any low storage unit can double as seating. A cushion can turn a storage cube into a seat. A cushion and pillows can turn a trunk into a cozy window seat.
Also consider turning a wall alcove or a window recess into a seating-storage area. Enclose the area with a plywood top and front attached to cleats on the wall. Attach the top with hinges.
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