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Functional Furnishings: Storage

One of the newest trends in storage is actually a throwback to previous storage solutions: furniture that doubles as an organizer.

Rest Your Feet Be it a footstool, a makeshift surface area or informal seating, the ottoman is already a pretty functional piece. Add in a hinged top, and you've got an even larger range of options. Store throws, media, games or other toys in the sleek, stylish Graham Storage Ottoman from Ballard Designs—available in multiple fabrics to blend with your decorating theme. (800-536-7551, www.ballarddesigns.com)
Sleep-and-Store Under-the-bed storage is on the rise, with many shallower bins available to fit the lower clearance of bed frames. But why buy multiple products if one will suffice? Pottery Barn's Stratton Storage Bed includes six drawers or baskets that keep belongings out of sight with an attractive wood finish. (888-779-5178, www.potterybarn.com)
Behind Closed Doors Conceal everything from clothes to TVs behind the sleek exterior of an armoire while still enjoying easy access to such items. We like Sauder's computer armoire, which serves not only as a great storage space but also provides ample workspace for all your technology needs. (800-523-3987, www.sauder.com)