Cozying up in a log cabin, wrapped in a warm blanket, reading a good book, and drinking a glass of wine — what else could be better? If only you could stay like that, and never had to put anything away.
Shoving the blanket to one side of the couch, tucking your book under the coffee table, and precariously balancing a glass on a crowded counter — storage in a log cabin can be a nightmare.
These intimate settings are all well and good until it’s time to tidy up.
But with simple space-saving furniture solutions, your log cabin can feel almost twice the size! The key is finding overlooked places, and adaptable items to fill the gaps. Use this guide to find the perfect design ideas for you.
Add Surfaces With Stackable Side Tables
Finding places to put things down in a small log cabin can be incredibly difficult. Stackable tables immediately provide surfaces, and when they aren’t needed, they take up hardly any room.
Look for lightweight designs that can be moved easily through the cabin to suit your needs.
Bring Layers To Your Coffee Table
Everyone knows a coffee table with shelving underneath is a great space-saving idea, but a lift up top is a coffee table with a difference. Store all your bits and pieces underneath the surface, to be accessed as and when you need them.
Rethink The Coffee Table
Who says the coffee table has to be a coffee table? Try using a sturdy basket, or a storage ottoman, in place of a traditional coffee table. Tables with shelves are fantastic for increasing the storage space, but they can look messy. Don’t think outside the box — think of the box itself.
This is a useful upcycling project for anyone who has crates and boxes lying around. By adding a simple lid, you can create a coffee table/storage box suited for your log cabin.
Install Floating Shelving Units
Single floating shelves allow you to add a simple surface to a wall, but the floating shelving unit can really make the most of an awkward space. Available in many sizes to fit whatever wall you have spare, the floating shelving unit is designed to be packed full of all your bits and pieces.
Space is precious in a log cabin, and these adaptable shelving units ensure none of it goes to waste.
Look For Thin Units To Fit Small Spaces
Big and bulky consoles can be a hazard in the small space of a log cabin, but a sleek and streamlined unit fits right in. Taller cabinets have plenty of room for storage, without blocking paths as you try to move through. Several smaller units are useful in log cabins with alcoves and corners that can’t accommodate wider furniture.
Try Seating Without Arms
Removing the arms from the seating gives more cushion space, without taking up room in your log cabin. Perfect for curling up in, you can fill your log cabin with cozy couches that don’t stick out at angles. If you like to have guests over but can never find room to fit them, seating like this is fantastic for squeezing on one more person.
Welcome The Loveseat
Is your log cabin a cozy retreat for you and your partner? Rather than worrying about massive furniture and corner units, simply slip in a loveseat instead.
With plenty of space (so long as you’re snuggling) it adds to the cozy intimacy of the log cabin. And when you want to spend some quality time by yourself, try stretching out on a loveseat with a good book.
Shop For Couches With Space Underneath
That space underneath the couch is perfect for tucking away items that you can’t put anywhere else. Don’t get a couch with a heavy base and no room, look instead for light frames with long legs.
There may not be much space underneath, but you’ll be grateful for every square inch when you run out of room everywhere else.
Don’t Be Afraid To Fold Things Away
Folding chairs and tables tend to be associated with picnics and schools, but there are many attractive designs available that can look fabulous in your log cabin. And when you’re done with them, it’s easy to tuck the furniture into storage. If you’re tired of tripping over furniture you rarely use, try getting a foldable version instead. Particularly useful if you tend to have guests over.
Apothecary Style Tables And Cabinets
Apothecary tables, filing cabinets, and drawers, drawers, drawers. These super-storage designs look great with the rustic appeal of a log cabin, and they give you ample space to store everything you need. Too many units can end up making a problem, rather than solving it. Buy a cabinet packed full of drawers, and you may find it’s all the storage you require.
Hanging Items Can Free Up Counter Space
Looking for extra space that you just can’t find? Try turning your eyes to the ceiling. Hanging boxes, hanging containers, hanging bags, even hanging chairs!
An innovative solution to a persistent problem, hanging storage is particularly helpful in the kitchen or bathroom. But don’t let that limit you! With a little imagination, you’ll be surprised how useful the hanging unit can be.
Embrace The Empty Spaces Underneath
Spend some time lying on the floor, and you’ll notice just how much room there is under your furniture. The bed and couch are the two most obvious culprits, but pretty tables and consoles tend to have big gaps with nothing in. We like woven baskets as a way of adding farmhouse chic to an empty space. The other advantage to baskets is you can put literally anything in them.
Experiment With A Bench
The bench has had a big comeback in the world of interior design, and you should really consider adding one to your log cabin. And not just on the outside— the bench can play a lot of roles inside your home too. From seating to shelving, the bench works as many things at once.
If you’re feeling particularly handy, try putting one together yourself. By adding a few cushions to a wooden bench, you can quickly create a cozy seat.
Put Things On Wheels
One issue with finding storage in a log cabin is bulky items take up room you don’t have, and small units might not always be enough.
By adding wheels, you can transform a simple set of shelves to a moveable storage solution. The portable unit can easily adapt to wherever it needs to be, adding storage as and when you need it. Bar carts are particularly great for this.
Think Of New Uses For Old Furniture
Keeping your dining room table lovely and tidy is all well and good when you’re taking photos, or laying out a spread, but most of the time it’s just wasted space. If you have room for a table, then consider the other ways it can be used as storage. It looks particularly good with any cookware over spill as decoration! Use bench style seating, for easy access.
Use Height Across The Furniture
Tall bookshelves and large cabinets might be an obvious choice, but use the full height of the walls for every piece of furniture.
This wall desk makes the most of the space that’s usually left above a desk, without the hassle of installing shelves. As long as there’s someone in the cabin tall enough to reach, the top of the wall can be a perfect storage space for rarely used items.
Turn Your Headboard Into A Bookshelf
A bed is pretty much a must-have piece of furniture for a log cabin, but that doesn’t mean it can’t serve multiple functions. Try a bit of DIY, and transform your headboard into a set of shelves. A bookshelf looks good, but it can be used for whatever you like to have on hand.
Introducing The Under Bed Wardrobe
Struggling to find room for all your outdoor gear? Make the most of the room under the bed by installing a wardrobe! This innovative solution lifts the bed off the ground, allowing you to get a good night’s sleep knowing all your clothing is neatly stored.
Panel doors keep your clothes protected from dust, and completes a fabulous natural material look that’s ideal for the log cabin.
Don’t Forget The Bedside Table!
If your bedside table tends to be stuffed full of bits and bobs you forget you own, downsize to a sleek and simple table with storage space underneath.
We like using it as storage for extra books, but add a small basket and transform the space how you like. Bedroom space is often limited in a log cabin, so avoid wasting room on bulky items that aren’t used to their full potential.
Adapt Furniture For Indoor And Outdoor Use
Log cabins tend to be accompanied by beautiful locations, and you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Rather than having a set of indoor and outdoor furniture, try sourcing items that can be used for both.
Simple wooden chairs can be used as quick additions to living rooms whenever you have guests over.
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