6 Clever Ways Small Spaces Have Been Used Well
Check out these ideas by designers on Houzz for maximising awkward corners and underused areas
This landing in a Victorian house was dead space; now it has amazing functionality.
By losing a small window to the left, Ellen Cumber and Alice Bettington of Golden Design managed to fit in a coat cupboard, a little shoe cupboard and a seat.
The depth of the landing meant the designers had to think cleverly about the configuration. The cupboard had to be slim, so they went for hooks inside, as hangers on a rail would have been too deep, and fitted a bifold door, as there wasn’t space to open a full-width one.
As well as being useful, it’s so much nicer to look at than before. As Ellen says, “It’s a beautiful little vignette now rather than an afterthought.”
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This little space at the end of a run of kitchen cabinets could have been filled with another, slim cupboard, but instead, Hannah Morris of Ian Dunn Woodwork & Design created a little seat by a large window onto the garden. “Someone can perch there while you’re working away. It’s nice,” homeowner Lou says.
Hannah also incorporated a drawer. “It’s one of those catch-all drawers … somewhere to tuck bits left on the table when I need to clear up quickly,” Lou adds.
In addition to storage and seating, the narrow space also offers the chance to display attractive textiles, adding so much more than a simple small cupboard would have done.
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The whole of this wall in a boy’s bedroom was originally earmarked by designer and homeowner Kirsty Niven of Kirsty Elizabeth Interiors for a walk-in wardrobe, but pausing to consider how much space he realistically needed made the room so much more functional.
“The run was too long to use just for a wardrobe,” she says, “so I cut it off to create a nook where we could make a desk area for him to do his homework.”
This brilliant decision means Max has a desk and shelves in addition to clothes storage, plus the area adds interest to the room in terms of display and an eye-catching backdrop. “I had a bit of fun with it and added some wallpaper featuring planes,” Kirsty says.
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Most of us have some storage space under the stairs or perhaps a cloakroom, but what about creating a full utility room?
Designer Eva Byrne of Houseology did just that in the home she built for herself and her family in Dublin. The thermally lined cupboard houses a washing machine and tumble dryer – with a useful worktop spanning the machines – a couple of hanging rails, and the hot-water cylinder. The latter creates residual heat sufficient to air clothes and the space is vented to the exterior. There’s even space to tuck a clothes airer.
The whole side of the stairs is covered in birch ply, meaning the utility can be tucked away almost invisibly when not in use.
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This neat unit by Andrew Jonathan Griffiths of A New Day incorporates storage for outerwear and a seat for putting on shoes – and all in a relatively small alcove.
The cupboards – which include a long one for coats – are made from tongue-and-groove for subtle texture and painted in a rich plum. Along with the patterned cushion, this sets the tone for the home’s bold and beautiful design as soon as visitors walk in.
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