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Hello AT,

My husband and I have recently moved into a studio apartment and are searching for creative storage solutions for people on a budget. We tend to have a “piles of paper” problem, which we’re working on, but I still think we need a multi-purpose piece of furniture that can solve a lot of our problems with one stroke: some drawers for clothes (since we had to get rid of one of our dressers & our closets are small); a place to put our TV and stereo; and some all purpose storage in lieu of a desk -- for paperwork and other important items that don’t really have a permanent home (greeting cards, checkbooks, etc.).

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Our place is small so I don’t want anything too looming. I like the idea of something low but want something that floats off the floor on legs. The closest I’ve found is this dresser from West Elm, but I’m not entirely convinced. Do you have any other suggestions?

Thanks, Vanessa

Dear Vanessa,

We love sideboards like this. Storage that is long and low, with feet that get the weight off of the floor work very well at creating useful space, but not taking up too much visual room. There are so many choices, however. The West Elm you have above is a good choice at an excellent price point.

Here are a few of our top picks:
Zurich from R&B
Zen from R&B
Strata from BluDot (this sits on the floor, but has a light modern look)
Modulicious from BluDot is super cute
Tau from John Kelly is also modern and light due to the Bamboo finish
The Sussex from DWR is a classic (they have more as well)

Anyone else??

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