Best Uses for Small, Awkward Spaces in Your Home

Whether you live in a studio apartment or a large family-sized home, chances are you’ve got a few spaces where nothing seems to fit. Because most homeowners and apartment renters want to maximize their available space, it can be frustrating to see a blank wall, empty corner, or unused nook that seems perfect for “something”—if only you could pinpoint what.

For some living spaces, the awkward areas are too small to place large furniture, but too big to leave empty. Older homes in particular are often full of nooks and crannies that can be difficult to fill, but with a little creativity, you can get the most out of your home’s unique design and architecture.

Check out Blindster’s tips below for a guide to maximizing your home’s potential by turning awkward spaces into perfect fits:

  • The tops of your cabinets

The Tops of Your Cabinets

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The cabinetry in kitchens and bathrooms in many homes and apartments doesn’t extend all the way to the ceiling. Instead, there’s often a large gap between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling itself. Take advantage of this space by using it as a shelf for decorative plates, plants or art. It will look less like an afterthought in your kitchen and more like it was meant to be there. You could also use it to store kitchen appliances that you don’t need on a daily basis. Things like blenders, panini presses, rice cookers, deep fryers, and other assorted kitchen gadgets can be safely stored on top of your cabinets without taking up precious space in your actual cabinets and drawers. Just keep a small step ladder nearby for easy access whenever you need to use them.

 

  • Niche under the stairs

Niche Under the Stairs

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While some homes have closets or bathrooms underneath their staircases, others have small niches cut out from the wall. These niches are perfect for creating small, semi-private spaces. A small chaise or lounge-style chair complete with an assortment of pillows propped against the wall makes a great reading and relaxation nook. You can also place a small desk underneath the stairs to create a study area or home office. Another option is to get creative with bookcases and shelving and build a storage area that fits neatly inside the alcove. You could even fill the space with a dog or cat bed for your furbaby.

 

  • Small balcony, porch, or patio

Small balcony, porch, or patio

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Most apartment dwellers want huge balconies with skyline views, while homeowners want wraparound porches that are built to accommodate large numbers of guests. But getting those ideal relaxation areas isn’t always a reality, especially with shrinking property sizes. If that’s the case for you, focus on making it as comfortable as possible. A single chair and small table, complemented with a couple of unique plants and other decorative items, can go a long way towards making an otherwise cramped balcony or porch seem much more comfortable and even cozy.

 

  • Cramped bedside areas

Cramped Bedside Areas

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Sometimes, serious sacrifices have to be made to make beds fit just right. Whether you’re positioning your bed away from the morning sun or attempting to fit a king size mattress in a small bedroom, you may end up with a small, awkward space on one side that leaves very little room for any furniture. While you may not be able to fit a full nightstand on that side of the bed, you may be surprised by how much storage and function you can get from a small, circular bedside table with a couple of drawers. For many people, simply having a flat surface for their phone or tablet to charge at night is more than enough when it comes to bedside storage. For even more space saving, create a minimalist bedside lamp by hanging a cord kit and bulb from your wall.

 

  • Small kitchen walls

Small Kitchen Walls

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The walls in most kitchens are filled with cabinets or appliances, so it can be a challenge to find ways to make use of blank walls in your kitchen if you aren’t used to having the additional space. One great use of these areas is to hang a chalkboard and write some of your favorite quotes, recipes, and even a weekly meal schedule. Another option is to install a few rows of shelves where you can place spices, jars, cookware, and other kitchen essentials that will be in easy reach when you’re preparing a meal. Finally, you can also use the space to add seating. Kitchens now rival living rooms when it comes to the top gathering places in the home for family and friends. Providing seating for your family members and guests while you’re preparing a meal or just hanging out is always appreciated.

  • Empty spaces under bathroom sinks

Empty Spaces Under Bathroom Sinks

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While many homes have full cabinetry and drawers underneath their bathroom vanities, others have standalone sinks with nothing underneath except pipes. This space can seem awkward, especially if you’re used to having plenty of storage space in your bathroom. But just because you lack cabinets and drawers doesn’t mean you can’t create a great storage area, and that empty space under your sink is the perfect location. A few wire baskets make a great storage spot for towels and assorted toiletries, and if you want to keep the storage area hidden from view, hang trimmed curtains or other decorative fabric to reach from the bottom of your sink to the floor.

 

  • Long, narrow hallway

Long, Narrow Hallway

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Due to their awkward dimensions and the fact that people generally don’t spend much time in them, hallways aren’t usually at the top of the list when it comes to interior design and décor ideas. However, that doesn’t mean your home’s hallway has to be a boring or neglected area. While most hallways are too narrow to place large pieces of furniture, they’re the perfect location to create your own personal art gallery. Whether you display your own artwork or some of your favorite pieces that you’ve collected over the years, your hallway is a great place to add color, life, and creativity to your home.

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