Change It Up: Moving Small Appliances to Unexpected Rooms

Change It Up: Moving Small Appliances to Unexpected Rooms

Taryn Williford
Apr 30, 2012

Creating and curating the perfect home isn't about following a design book. It's all about making sure your space works for your family's life and style. So why not step outside of the box — or room, rather — and try out some of your existing small appliances in unexpected places?

Just like you might change the layout of your furniture, you can change up the layout of your small appliances. It's all about convenience, and paying attention to the way you and your family members use the devices in your home.

For instance, consider that most people keep their coffee machines in the kitchen. It's usually the most convenient spot for setting up a pot to brew; it's close to the water, filters and coffee grinds. But now, many java fiends are getting their fix with clean and easy single-serve machines. So if you're always craving coffee in bed, you can feel free to change it up and leave the Keurig on a bedroom dresser or even a nightstand. Whatever works!

One Studio Thirteen's coffee and tea station in their master bedroom.

A coffee maker isn't the only thing that you might want to find a new home for. We have a few suggestions for creative relocations of some common home devices. Most of these are inspired by recent stays at hotels — resorts and inns are champions of convenience!

Move the coffee maker to the bedroom for an instant morning caffeine fix.
Move a TV to the bathroom. If your morning shower is the only free time you have to watch the tube, why not multi-task?
Move a fridge to the family room. A mini-fridge is great in family rooms or dens to keep chilled drinks nearby for yourself and for guests.
Move a blender outside. If your infrequently-used blender is taking up valuable space in the kitchen cabinets, give it a permanent (but dry!) home outside where it gets used the most for summer cocktails.
Move an alarm clock to the living room. If you're a fan of afternoon naps, keep an alarm clock in the living room to keep your night on schedule.

Do you have any other suggestions for small home appliances that can work in more than one room? Tell us in the comments!

(Images: Lowes, Studio One Thirteen)

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