I have something of a magazine problem. It’s not that I have too many magazine subscriptions, but that the magazines I do get tend to pile up unfortunately and in unsightly places. To me, there’s almost no kind of clutter worse than piled up magazines, mail, and newspapers, so I think it’s important to have a dedicated place for paper reading materials to go, and doubly important for that place to look good, even when it’s filled up with mismatched magazine covers.
Shop Magazine Holders:
The simplest way to tackle a magazine problem like mine is to go the classic route: with a very simple, very traditional magazine rack. These are slim and compact, designed to sit close to a piece of furniture, like a sofa, without taking up too much space, but big enough to hold a decent assortment of magazines. But if you want this setup to look nice, you need to find a magazine rack that will play the part. I know plenty of people that use very basic baskets or cheapie wire or plywood pieces that are small and inexpensive, but patently unattractive. Instead, look for something with a little more designer flair, made of nicer wood or heavier metal. Really nice pieces will cost a little bit more, but they’ll also do a better job of disguising the magazines, which will make your space feel a bit less cluttered.
I love pretty much any type of multitasking furniture, and coffee tables or side tables with integrated magazine racks are no exception. This Rimmon side table is a particular favorite, because it not only has magazine racks on all four sides (aka the equivalent of five full sized racks in zero extra space), it’s also hollow on the inside, with a little trap door style hatch that pulls open so you can store things inside, too. Now, this certainly isn’t the least visible way to store magazines – there are plenty of racks that will keep the covers better hidden, if that’s your primary concern. But this piece is basically four magazine racks, a storage cube, and a table all in one, which makes it perfect for reducing clutter.
Similarly, there are lots of smaller side tables that have integrated magazine racks, too. One common trick is to essentially convert the table legs into a magazine rack, allowing magazines to be stored in the space between the legs that would normally be left empty. This type of table is great for putting alongside a recliner or in a small reading nook. Not only does it mean keeping all your magazines close at hand to your favorite cozy reading chair, it also adds a little surface space that’s convenient for setting down a cup of coffee or tea, or even a pair of reading glasses or a book. As with more heavily multitasking pieces, this is a great way to get the functionality of a magazine rack without adding an extra piece of furniture to your space.
Magazine And Mail Sorter
If your magazine problem skews more towards making sure the right people get their hands on the right magazines and mail, a great, stylish way to get organized is to place something like this Seraphin stand near your front door. The multiple separate swoops of cloth make it possible to quickly sort magazines, mail, books, or other small items for multiple family members for easy drop-off and pick-up. This is probably the bulkiest option I’ve mentioned here, but if your family gets a lot of stuff in the mail every day, if you have a lot of magazine subscriptions, or if you’re all regular patrons of your local library, it’s a good way to make sure the right things get into the right hands every day, and important mail doesn’t fall between the cracks.
Make It Modern
Most magazine racks are designed to hide or at least disguise your magazines; the covers are loud and busy, and even a few of them spread out on your coffee table often wind up just looking like clutter. But magazine covers can also be used as decor, like a functional twist on pop art – you just have to draw attention to their design. Of course, magazine covers with simple, striking graphics will work better for this than your weekly TV Guide, but placing a magazine in a simple, sleek modern magazine stand like the one above will put the cover on display. These more streamlined designs also take up less space without losing capacity, which makes them perfect for eliminating tabletop clutter in a small space.
Regardless of your sense of style, though, if you tend to have a lot of magazines sitting around, investing in a good magazine rack can make a huge difference in the overall appearance of the space. The nicer the rack looks, and the more magazines it can hold, the tidier and and less cluttered your living room will feel. What do you think of these decorative magazine racks? Let me know in the comments below!