Built-in shelving can help you rework your home in many ways, providing storage and display space in large rooms and decluttering smaller spaces so you can use them more effectively. A combination of open shelving and cupboards with doors is ideal; you can exhibit beautiful books, baskets or decor on open shelves, and stash seldom-used items such as spare linens, holiday decorations or camping gear behind closed doors. Choosing furniture that perfectly fits your spaces and doubles as storage also helps maximize space.
Opening up a small kitchen by combining it with adjoining rooms is a smart home reconfiguration. Here, a small, underused sunroom became a bright and functional part of the kitchen.
You pay the mortgage, so put your own needs first! Convert a rarely used guest room, a former child’s bedroom or a junk-accumulating spare room into an area with a specific purpose that suits your lifestyle—be it a craft room, a workout studio, or a reading and writing space.
Design children’s rooms with neutral walls, shelves and flooring so the space can evolve as kids’ tastes change. Personalize with impermanent items such as art, décor and toys. Keep in mind that children use their bedrooms for sleeping, studying and play, and try to assign specific areas for each activity.
A cleverly designed garage garden nook provides a work surface, storage shelves and bins, wall-mounts for tools and a convenient spot to store tall items—in the rafters where they can’t get knocked over.