Coping with Difficult Spaces & Layouts in Your Home

Every house has those challenging corners, lost spaces and sloping ceilings leading to areas that are difficult to optimise as living space within your home. With a little careful planning, foresight, and inspiration it is possible to claim these areas back and regain useful storage and extra living space.

To help you with some inspiration for your new home or home make over below are some of our favourite ideas for tackling these difficult spaces.

Seize the Corner

From corner TV units to built-in bedroom wardrobes and clever kitchen units it is possible to make clever use of those awkward corners and optimise the difficult space for useful storage.

Over Door Storage

If you are a book lover or simply a collector of knickknacks you can take advantage of the often unused and potentially difficult space above doors. Take advantage of the height of the walls to place shelves or shelves with extra space to store and organize.

Behind the Bed or Sofa

Take advantage of every last millimetre with custom-made furniture that takes advantage of the headboard wall or the space left on the wall behind a sofa. How? With a shelf or storage furniture.

Reading Corner

Create a cosy seating or reading nook from an awkward corner. According to the style of your space, choose a proper comfy chair or lounger with soft upholstery. Add pillows and a blanket to make it more inviting. Bookshelves around this normally difficult space and a floor lamp are right what you need for a reading nook.

Bay Windows

Bay windows add beautiful natural light to a room, but what do you do with that awkward pop-out? The angled area just inside bay windows is a prime location for placing a small piece of furniture, such as a desk. This keeps the rest of the room’s floor space clear while creating a home office area with a pretty view.

Narrow Gaps

All too often, the gap between the TV and the wall, or the awkward space between two cabinets, are forgotten and unused. To maximize storage in the smallest of spots, create a thin rolling cart that can easily slide in and out of tiny corners. It’s as simple as that to find extra space for spices in the kitchen or craft supplies in the family room.

Under Stairs

The under-stairs area can often become a dumping ground for shoes, coats or vacuum cleaners, etc. However these days there are some really great ideas for dealing with this area. From bookcases to home office areas and even pull out storage shelving this area can become a really useful area again while looking smart, tidy and practical.

Custom Pet Space

We are known as a country of animal lovers, with many of us having cats, dogs or other pets. Providing your special family member with their own space can take advantage of these small corners, alcoves, and other spaces. A space dog bed in a hidden corner or a feature fish tank can help you to fully utilize the otherwise difficult space available to you and your special family members.

Chimney Gaps

Many older homes that have or used to have fireplaces can still have awkward spaces either side of the chimney. These spaces in a living room or bedroom can leads to problems when trying to fit in your furniture and make the most of the space available. In a living room fitted bookcases can fit easily into these areas while in your bedroom a small dressing table will often fit in this gaps.


However large or small your home may be, whether it is ultra-modern or more traditional, you can find inspiration to tackle these difficult spaces around your home and easily claim back these difficult spaces.

If our ideas above have sparked your imagination and you are looking for further ideas you can always find great solutions in home design magazines, Pinterest and even TikTok. Do your research, carefully measure the area and photograph the space available to you and then be prepared to be flexible. We are confident with a little patience you will soon have a space to be envious of!

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