Nifty ways to make the most of your awkward alcoves

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Nifty ways to make the most of your awkward alcoves

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modern  by CUISINE ESSENTIEL, Modern
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Every home seems to have a few niches and alcoves that simply don't have much function or decorative use—but you can give them a little extra pizzazz, if you just think outside the box a little! 

Ask any interior designer and they'll tell you that alcoves and niches are premium real estate, in terms of allowing for cool and innovative installations, but don't just take our word it! Come and see what some people have been doing with their awkward spots! 

1. Add extra kitchen storage.

Those annoying niches in your kitchen walls are perfect for adding a little extra storage, as you can pop a tall cabinet in there and it won't jut out into the room as much as normal! Who doesn't need extra cabinets as well? So handy!

2. Create arty installations.

Instead of camouflaging your alcoves, perhaps you should make a really dramatic statement of them. Adding a piece of standalone art is a super way to give a wall niche some personality, especially if you go for some lighting too!

3. Create some built-in beauty.

 Study/office by Liquid Interiors, Classic
Liquid Interiors

Jarradalle Home Office

Liquid Interiors

If you like the idea of totally hiding the niches in your walls, then some built-in wall storage is absolutely the way to go! Have something custom created and you can level out those niches and pretend they were never even there!

4. Add some fantastic shelves.

We all have knick-knacks and collections that seem hard to house, but if you add some floating shelves to your alcoves, you have a ready-made display area! Being a little set back as well, all your treasures will be protected.

5. Wow! How about a luxury niche seat?

 Bedroom by Lorna Gross Interior Design, Classic
Lorna Gross Interior Design

Riverside Retreat—Bedroom Niche

Lorna Gross Interior Design

This is an idea that we are fully behind! Why not use an awkward alcove as a wonderful spot for some extra seating? You can even build something not dissimilar to a window seat in them, if you prefer a more constructed look.

6. Yes to a genius home office!

 Study/office by homify, Modern
homify

Study

homify

This is bordering on genius, if you ask us! Taking a wall niche and turning it into a handy little home office set-up is such an amazing way to use dead space and not sacrifice a whole spare room!

7. A study space for you kids?

minimalist  by shelfbar, Minimalist
shelfbar

shelfbar floating shelves—alcove plus desk

shelfbar

You could even take the niche office idea a little further and install a little private study area in a kid's room! It's only a case of some shelves and a chair!

8. Make some fabulous lighting displays!

 Living room by Style Within, Modern
Style Within

Built-in Alcove Storage

Style Within

Alcoves offer a wonderful opportunity for adding some seriously ambient lighting, without sacrificing a huge amount of wall space. We like the idea of some really modern statement pieces.

9. Try a little heritage storage.

classic  by Purdom's Bespoke Furniture, Classic Wood Wood effect
Purdom's Bespoke Furniture

Two beige bespoke alcove units

Purdom's Bespoke Furniture

Don't go thinking that alcove storage has to be modern! In a period home, you can have some lovely alcove storage built-in, to match the age and styling of the wider home. It will look so natural and be really handy.

10. How about a fabulous photo corner?

minimalist  by shelfbar, Minimalist
shelfbar

shelfbar floating shelves—-alcove

shelfbar

A few shelves in an alcove will offer the perfect opportunity for creating a stunning photo display area. Talk about a gorgeous alternative to a gallery wall!

11. Maybe an extra bedroom?

Bold and brilliant, this alcove design has us going crazy! Instead of building something seamless into the niches, we really like the notion of building out, to create something swish, like a capsule guest space! This almost looks futuristic!

12. Perfect bedroom storage!

modern  by Happenstance Workshop, Modern Plywood
Happenstance Workshop

Full Shelving system with cabinets and wardrobe

Happenstance Workshop

Why is it that our bedrooms never seem to have enough storage? Maybe because we aren't using the niches as well as we could be! You could build a wardrobe or open-front storage system so easily and negate the need for any extra freestanding furniture items!

13. Love a larder cabinet!

 Kitchen by Rencraft, Classic
Rencraft

Classic, yet Contemporary

Rencraft

Why have a standard cabinet in your kitchen alcove, when you can have a larder cupboard? Jam-packed with wonderful storage solutions, they would increase the practicality of your space exponentially.

14. Why not display your wine?

 Wine cellar by Space Alchemy Ltd, Modern
Space Alchemy Ltd

Wine cellar beneath contemporary staircase

Space Alchemy Ltd

If you love a little evening tipple, then we don't think you'll be able to find a better use for your wall alcoves than a fabulous wine rack! Just imagine having a bottle always within easy reach!

15. Make space for a shower!

country  by Drummonds Bathrooms, Country
Drummonds Bathrooms

Country House Barn, Surrey

Drummonds Bathrooms

You might think you don't have space in your bathroom for a bath and a shower, but if you have a niches anywhere in the room, it can be transformed into a small but wonderfully functional shower! Just go a little crazy with the tiles and it will look great.

For more cool small space inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Designing for a small space.

 Houses by Casas inHAUS, Modern

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