5 Solutions for Oddly Shaped Spaces

5 Solutions for Oddly Shaped Spaces

Sarah Coffey
Sep 21, 2009

We find that good design usually involves solving a problem, sometimes in an unexpected way. These five homes are each, in their own way, good examples of how someone dealt with a problematic space and made it work both functionally and aesthetically...

  • 1 Chuck and Holly have some extra space next to their stairs, which they transformed into a home office. A desk anchors one end, and floating shelves line the walls, holding supplies. The metal shelves complement the industrial look of the stair rail.
  • 2 Lana's apartment is a wedge-shaped layout that's on an angle. She dealt with the issue by using a rug to section off space and define a seating area within the wedge.
  • 3 Angled ceilings create limited headroom and reduce the amount of usable perimeter space. One way to work around the problem is to use the low ceilings to cradle shelves or cabinets.
  • 4 The Post Family transformed this weird little nook into a feature by hanging a pendant light at the arch, finding a credenza that fit perfectly inside, and lining the walls with ledges for artwork.
  • 5 Wayne used a stepped ledge in his diagonal home as the natural spot for a media center. The arrangement creates views to the TV without making it the focal point of the room.


Photos: Chuck Anderson, Lana, Nicole and Brandon's Oak Park Bungalow / Evan Thomas, Sarah Coffey, Wayne Tjaden

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