Posted: Apr 16, 2012 7:35 AM
Do you find yourself frantically looking for places to stash your kids’ toys five minutes before company arrives? If toys have taken over your living space but you refuse to surrender, check out these super-chic storage solutions that will make your guests wonder how you keep it all together.

When your living room doubles as a playroom, chaos and clutter are par for the course. That doesn’t mean your style has to be sacrificed. From mid-century modern to multipurpose, there are storage solutions for every family room.

Repurpose your pieces

Buffets not only make for great focal pieces in a dining room or den, they can also pull double-duty as toy storage. Consoles with sliding doors make it easy for kids to access the storage space so they can grab toys when it’s play time and put them away when it’s time to clean up. Plus, unlike a primary-colored toy box, these pieces are worth investing in since you can use them in your grown-up decor long after your kids outgrow their toys. Try the Besta sideboard with sliding doors (Ikea, $305) or the Dumont buffet (West Elm, $599).

Meet in the middle

Some days it seems like no matter how much you tidy up, the toys all find a way to the center of your room. Make cleanup that much easier with an oversize ottoman that can be placed in the center of your room and serve as both coffee table and a place to stash toys. And if you have a baby, or a toddler who’s not quite mastered walking, the rounded corners of an ottoman are easier on falls than traditional wooden coffee tables. Try the sleek Versailles storage ottoman in pewter (Target, $225) or the round Emma tufted storage ottoman (Home Decorators, $179). If you're working with a small space, consider a Detour storage cube ottoman (Home Element, $89) that can serve as storage and seating.

Mod in training

For toy boxes you wouldn’t mind showing off in your family room, consider Mod Mom Furniture. It’s more of an investment than the Target variety, but it’s a mom-owned business, the products are all made in the United States and they’re adorable first furniture pieces for your mini-mod in training. The Owyn toy box (Mod Mom Furniture, $449) has individual compartments and easy lift-off lids for the little ones. The mid-century Gracie toy box (Mod Mom Furniture, $475) is super-stylish and works seamlessly with adult furniture.

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