Many homes have their odd nooks and crannies. Old homes especially often leave the modern homeowner scratching her head wondering what that little corner was used for. If you live in a home of strange unusable niches, here are a few suggestions on how to best make use of all the recesses and alcoves.
Sometimes there is nothing that can be done with a little triangle cut out in a corner than to hang a display shelf for knick-knacks. If the space is wide enough, you might be able to fit in some custom built furniture St George UT like a bookcase or three-sided stool.
Put in a Bench
If you’re left with an odd area near a door, consider putting in a bench rather than a table that might get bumped into. A bench is studier than a table, and although you can’t use it to display pictures on, it’s quite handy. Someone always needs to tie their shoes one last time before going out or to set down something heavy before shutting the door.
Attach a Mirror and Light
Putting a sconce light and a mirror will double the impact of an odd corner. Mirrors make rooms look bigger and lighting will take the shadows out of an awkward niche. Both a light and a mirror are quite useful in an entry hall. It’s a timesaver to be able to quickly check your look on your way out the door.
Move the Wall
If the space is really not functional at all, consider moving the wall altogether and giving those few feet (or inches) to another room. Sometimes alcoves can make great half baths with the right architect at work. Other small spaces can be flipped around so the room on the other side gets a bigger closet or entry hall.
If your house was built over 50 years ago, chances are it has some design features that don’t make sense to a modern family. Use the space to your advantage by reimagining its usefulness.