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What To Do With That Awkward Space Behind the Door

published Jan 1, 2016
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The fun (and sometimes infuriating) part of setting up your home is addressing all the unique nooks and crannies you find yourself underutilizing. Since there are doors in virtually every room of your home, that’s a lot of awkward space that needs a solution.

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The residents of this small NYC apartment utilized every inch available, including the corner behind one of their hinged doors.

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The space behind the door is the perfect spot for some recessed shelving. It’s even better when decorated with wallpaper on the back, like this example from A Beautiful Mess.

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Eva Black featured Cassie Pyle’s industrial-style loft, which is perfect for a wooden storage ladder propped behind the door.

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Even some simple hooks behind a door can help so much to coral the “stuff” right when you walk in the house, as seen in the mudroom from Better Homes & Gardens.

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It’s also a great place to store the less attractive —yet necessary — things that you don’t want to look at but still use regularly, like an ironing board in your laundry room. Domestic Charm did just that during her One Room Challenge.

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Towel bars transform the space into extra accessories storage, such as ties in Autumn’s husband’s closet.