Smart Design Solutions for Tricky Awkward Spaces

Smart Design Solutions for Tricky Awkward Spaces

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Dabney Frake
Aug 21, 2015

Most spaces are pretty straightforward. But every home has at least one weird dead zone that's hard to deal with. Furniture doesn’t fit, it’s too small to be of much use, or it’s just a plain strange shape that defies decor.

If your home doesn't come with a separate, distinct space known as an entryway, you'll have to find a new way to make it functional for you and/or your family. Whether it's hooks, or a "landing strips" there are ways:

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Maybe it's a closed up, unused footprint in your home. Or perhaps it's open, but you're just not sure what to do with this little niche. Explore these examples of beautiful and functional ways that homeowners have put this space to use.

We tend to ignore the corners in our homes. They are weird in-between places that don’t have an automatic solution, and wind up in awkward decorating limbo, both overlooked and undervalued.

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If you're going to have a weird spot in the house, be happy it's your hallway or entryway. You don't spend tons of time there. That said, these are the spaces that get short shrift by builders who sacrifice both form and function in favor of more used spaces. Here's how to deal with every weird hallway situation:

Some people put this space to good use, but in most homes the area above cabinets and appliances just collects dust. Here are seven ideas for what to do with that awkward gap.

Other than using them to turn the corner and then head up another flight of stairs, we don’t give stair landings a lot of thought and they don’t serve a huge purpose. You can change this:

Usually two or three feet wide, they're often the transition space between two rooms and they're often not used for much of anything. Here's what to do with those puny walls not good for much else:

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