I am always looking at areas around our home and pushing myself to get creative with how we maximize our living area. Many houses are built with nooks and crannies that are just begging to be utilized, and with a little smart thinking, these small spots can function as big as an entire room! Here are ten examples of how unused closets and alcoves can turn into stylish and practical spaces.
You only need a few feet of space to add shoe storage, a bench, cubbies or hooks and shelving; all of which are the magical equation to a family friendly entryway.
The space above shows how a small nook was maximized by adding a wall-to-wall cushioned bench with storage above and below for toys and books. This space can easily evolve into a quiet and tranquil space for teens and adults as well.
Heading into the kitchen, nooks have the ability to create a nifty beverage station. Whether you opt to serve coffee or wine, a combination of counter and shelving will set you up for success to entertain an entire crowd or to whip up a morning cup of your favorite brew.
By installing a wall-to-wall banquette seat, service for two can turn into service for four or more!
If I had my way, I would install mini work zones in almost every room of our home. There are times when the kids like to do their homework near us, and other times when they do it in the privacy of their own bedrooms. Occasionally I like to take a break from our home office to catch up on bills and work during a movie. Small nooks in the kitchen, living room and even bedrooms, are ideal for adding a writing surface and shelving to create floor to ceiling practicality.
Why hide those pretty crafting supplies, when you can display them in a beautiful way? Wall-to-wall counter top creates a work surface, while pegboard and shelving provide an abundance for storage for a variety of supplies. Pull up a stool when the creative mood strikes, which is sure to be often when your craft nook is always open and available.
An entire room dedicated to laundry is a luxury, but not a necessity. When you make the most of vertical space with the help of hooks, shelves, trays, baskets and canisters, you can easily fall in love with loading the washer and dryer with linens and daily wears.
With the help of a ladder and lighting, double your sleeping space by building in darling bunks for the kids and their pals.
No need to head off to a five star hotel to feel pampered, a small bedroom or bathroom alcove can offer the same amount of luxury right at home.
Bathrooms are generally on the smaller side when it comes to available storage space, but all you really need is a foot or two of wall area to add a plethora of linen and toiletry organization. Whether you go with open shelving or built-in drawers and cabinets, you are sure to appreciate the extra space for your daily bath necessities.
Do I have you convinced to look at those nooks, crannies and alcoves in a whole new light? Isn’t it amazing how much functionality can come from only a few feet of space?