Many homes have an alcove, wall indentation, or awkward space here and there. Do you know how to make the most of yours? While these spaces may seem like they break up the flow of your living area, they can actually serve to make your home’s design and functionality even better. Here are a few ways you can get the most out of these spaces:
Create a seating area
Whether you’re curling up with a good book, want to take a nap or just need a place to unwind, an alcove is the perfect place to create your multipurpose seating area. Add a bench that hugs the wall and plenty of cushioning and pillows to create a comfy space.
Design a kitchen breakfast nook
If you need a place to eat that isn’t the formal dining room, the alcove in your kitchen may be the perfect place to do it. Turn unused space into a breakfast nook by adding a table and chairs, or even a pair of benches to give this space a restaurant style feel. This way you and your guests can enjoy the feeling of togetherness without getting in the way of meal preparation or cleanup.
Place a custom desk
If you’re not sure what to do with that small alcove in your bedroom or den, perhaps set it aside as a designated workspace. You can install a custom desk that extends from wall to wall or, if you have a bigger space, simply add a desk and chair you already have. This prevents your work or study time from interfering with sleep and relaxation. It also saves space in otherwise small or crowded rooms!
Showcase décor and knickknacks
This space can become the perfect spot for displaying your favorite photos, figurines and other mantle-top knickknacks. Install a few shallow wall shelves to give your décor a floaty look.
Create a custom bookshelf
We all love built-in, custom organization… and if you have an alcove you’re not quite sure what to do with, a custom bookshelf may be the best way to achieve that! Place sturdy shelves from one side of the indentation to the other to hold your books, office supplies or other items. You can paint the alcove and the shelving all one color to set it apart as a storage unit all its own.
House cans and pantry goods
Have an awkward space in your kitchen? Instead of ignoring it altogether, try placing shelves or racks here to create an attractive and functional makeshift pantry!
Create an accent wall
Not quite sure to do with the indentation on your wall? Turn the indentation into a focal point itself by adding an accent color here. This can give your room some depth and a pop of unique style. If your indentation is located in your bedroom or foyer, you may want to add a mirror and lighting for those last minute touchups. You can also showcase your favorite wall art here as well.