Cabinets That Do Triple-Duty in Your Home

Cabinets are usually larger pieces of furniture and can take up a significant amount of space. To maximize the value of that space, see if you can use your cabinets in these three ways:

  • To provide organization and storage
  • To function for other purposes, such as a serving surface, art and photo display, or TV stand
  • To bring a design element into the room

When looking for a cabinet for the living room, dining room, bedroom, or bathroom, first consider what you need the cabinet for and how much space that will take. Then measure how much floor and wall space you have for the cabinet. If you don’t have a lot of space, consider getting a narrower, taller cabinet. Adding different heights to a space keeps it exciting.

Also consider the design of the cabinet and what it will add to your space. If your room is very modern and clean, adding a cabinet like the gorgeous Sea Saw Cabinet pictured above will warm up the space and introduce a softer feel.

Finally, consider what other functions the space is used for and how the cabinet could serve some of those functions in addition to storage.

Here are some specific examples of triple-duty cabinets that over-deliver on style and function.


Filing Cabinets in Small Spaces

Filing cabinets are a hidden gem for space-saving storage. Different drawer sizes give you options for storing materials beyond the traditional paper folders and office supplies. Think towels and cosmetic supplies in the bathroom, for instance.

Filing cabinets come in wood and metal finishes, and they can easily be painted to go with your décor. Wheels on the bottom will allow you to move them around. Here’s an example of placing several filing cabinets under a table, which provides a larger surface to act as a console or side table.

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Go Lower and Longer

In a larger space, such as a living room or long narrow hallway, you can use two or more cabinets for maximum impact and storage. Lower cabinets can work as extra seating, media centres, and display for objects.

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Always choose cabinets that bring a design element into the space. Painted cabinets like our low-profile Channel Surf Console add a burst of color, and the natural wood adds interest and warmth.

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Cabinets in the Bathroom

Many bathrooms don’t come equipped with enough storage space for towels and toiletries. You can get creative in finding a cabinet whose height and size fits your particular layout.

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A brightly colored cabinet like this one can punch up the interest in a monochrome white bathroom. A cabinet also makes an ideal linen closet in a hallway.


Multiple Uses

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Cabinets can serve many different uses:

  • As a bar and bar storage
  • As a front hall cabinet to hold shoes and scarves and act as display
  • As a kitchen island, table top, and storage unit.
  • As a display and storage space for musical instruments or collections
  • As a side table to a bed while also providing storage and a desk top area

The sky is the limit, really. Do some browsing online or in-person to get more ideas of how a cabinet can meet your needs unconventionally.


Art and Bursts of Color

A unique cabinet, such as the Cruise Control Console, acts as a piece of artwork in your space as well as storage and display. Cabinets provide interesting canvases of different sizes and textures on which to add excitement and visual appeal to a room.

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Unused Corner Spaces

If you have an empty corner space, measure it up and look for a great cabinet to fit. In this room, an antique cabinet with beautiful patina is occupying an out-of-the-way spot.

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There you have it—numerous examples of how a cabinet can meet your functional needs for storage, display, and organization, making it easy to keep your room tidy, while also adding a big boost to the design impact.

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.