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Functional Home Storage Pieces that Don’t Sacrifice Aesthetics

Written by, Ashley Gilbert

When Will and I were living in the city, we didn’t care about the furniture we had. Most things were hand-me-downs and, what wasn’t, were cheap pieces from Ikea until we had our own home.

Two things that infuriated me about our old living situation was a solution for cords and cozy living room blankets. The cords from our mounted TV just hung down and littered our floor, while the blankets littered our couch. It was less than ideal, but I didn’t care enough to make the change for a home we knew we’d be out of soon.

Four years later and we’re finally out of that home, and I held myself to find solutions for those two problems.

I expressed the cord concern to our builder at our options meeting, and he had mentioned a “smurf tube,” I had no idea what this was, but I trusted him. Essentially, it creates a tube through the wall that will start from behind your mounted TV and go to a space on the wall you wouldn’t mind having a cable box. I am by no means an expert on this, so I’m not going to try and find a brand to link, but if you Google it, you’ll find all you need to know.

I am more than thrilled with how this came out, taking care of the cords coming from the TV. However, the cable box was still a problem. No one wants to see a cable box. I can’t understand how this still is a thing, and we can’t just operate everything from the television, but that’s out of my swim lane.

So, instead, I found a storage bench to sit on top of the cable box—that way we can still access it. But, the bench is actually functional! And do you know what else I’m storing in that bench? Blankets! Hello, can we talk about how I killed two birds with one stone here?!

If you look close enough, you can see the cable box under the bench. But, otherwise, every cord and television necessity is out of sight. Not to mention this bench is gorgeous. The carved detail is insane. It’s part of the Signature Design by Ashley line found at Wolf Furniture and I am obsessed with it.

This bench holds 4-5 blankets, which is perfect for when we have company over or just for me during this crazy-cold weather that won’t go away. I went ahead and found several other storage benches that provide serious functionality and aesthetics to your home.

All of these pieces are available at Wolf Furniture—and don’t forget to use code EXCITED50 to save $50 on your purchase of $499 or more!


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We’re taking this furniture thing slowly because we don’t have a money tree out back, but I want to know what you guys are interested in seeing!

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