<h2 style="margin: 10pt 0in 0pt"><font size="3" color="#990000">Ways to Add Hidden Storage Space in a Great Room</font></h2><p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">Even though the great room is often one of the largest rooms in the house, it can be very advantageous to maximize hidden storage space. Not only will this keep often-used items close at hand and organized, but it will also reduce visual clutter within the room. There are a number of ways you can work storage space into your great room decor.</span></p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>Furniture That Doubles as Storage</strong></p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Furniture such as cabinets with doors, or entertainment centers that have drawers and doors to hide items from view unless they are being used can be great ways of keeping items handy, and yet out of sight. Although some items look great displayed on open shelves, other items are just best stored on closed shelves. This can include items such as DVDs and CDs, which can be organized neatly, as well as being kept free of dust, by storing them within a closed shelf or drawer within the entertainment center. A full height bookcase in the great room can also provide a number of opportunities for hidden storage. Even if the bookcase has open shelves, strategically arranging some baskets or fabric-covered boxes on the shelves along with the books can provide a handy way of neatly organizing items small items.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">If you have a writing desk or other type of desk in your great room, this can often be an area that becomes easily cluttered. One way of controlling the visual clutter of a desk area is to use a roll-top desk, or an armoire-style desk. These styles of desks provide plenty of working space when you need it, but close up to hide the area and provide hidden storage space between uses.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>Trunks, Chests and Benches</strong></p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Other items of furniture that can be great for providing hidden storage are trunks, chests or storage benches. These items can be used as seating options, or as coffee tables or accent pieces, but since they also open up, you can store items such as blankets, pillows and quilts. You can even store items such as children’s toys or the family’s collection of board games and puzzles in a storage trunk, keeping these family entertainment items close at hand and yet out of sight. There are also ottomans that are designed to double as storage space, which again can be great for keeping a quilt or comforter handy for chilly evenings.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>Beautiful Baskets</strong></p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Baskets are also great for providing fashionable and attractive storage options. A large wicker basket can neatly hold items such as magazines or books, or you can place a basket on a table or desk near the front door as a place to neatly deposit the daily mail until you’ve had a chance to go through it. </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><strong>Other Options</strong></p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">There are a number of other techniques for utilizing hidden storage space in the great room. Closets can be equipped with shelves and rods to optimize storage space. Decorative baskets can be hung on peg racks on the wall, to hold small items such as keys. A storage bench close to the door can provide a storage area for umbrellas, boots and other items. By utilizing hidden storage space, your great room will stay uncluttered and organized.</p> <strong>About the author</strong>  <p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">Veronica Smith, is a freelance artist and consultant with AmericanArtisanArt.com. She enjoys sharing her creative approach to <a href="http://www.americanartisanart.com/copper-art-sculptures.html" target="_blank">copper wall sculptures</a> and gives writers the confidence to <a href="http://www.americanartisanart.com/wall-art-sculptures.html" target="_blank">metal wall decor</a>.</span></p></span>