Monday, November 2, 2009

Finding Hidden Space in Your Home

To really maximize your space, look in places you normally may not think of.

Take advantage of space between wall studs to carve out a shallow display shelf. I did this in an upstairs hallway between two bedrooms. A narrow expanse of wall created an awkward space; centering a built-in shelf on the wall fixed the proportion problem and gave the wall a new purpose.

Try adding a shelf above a doorway (great for bathrooms – put some pretty baskets on the shelf to hold various toiletries while keeping them out of sight).

To make use of empty space under a window, try a low bookcase. Or build a window seat with a hinged lid for even more storage and seating options.

Many people have wasted space under their stairs that can be put to good use as well. This is a great place for built-in cabinets or shelving.

What hidden space can you find in your home?


Jenn from The Home Decorating Company said...

Building shelving or even a closet under stairs is such a great way to maximize storage space in your house.
Thanks for the tips.

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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love this idea! We did this when we renovated our master bath and now I have a niche in the bathtub area. I get to have all my bath things close at hand.

And, absolutely; you are added to the list to be featured!

Kristin said...

I would LOVE to have a wall of built ins! I wonder if that's possible. Time to consult the hubs...scratch that...the hubs' Dad. The hub didn't so much pay attention to home repair. He was too busy devoting his time to baseball. Sigh. Ah ha

Colour me Happy said...

Storage is so big!! I don't have anything extra at my house, but you have some great ideas!

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