Alcoves create fantastic storage solutions in small pockets of space in your living room. Take a browse through our gallery of traditional and modern decorating ideas for more inspiration.
The living room is the most common place where youll want to make the most of alcove storage. For a timeless look in a traditional property, insert made-to-measure bookcases either side of the fireplace to add character. Alternatively group pictures for an elegant display – think about what will work best with your living room wallpaper.
If you are looking for ready-made shelves but cannot find the right size to fit the alcove, consider buying shorter floating shelves and stagger them for attractive living room storage that wont look cluttered.
Alcoves are also a great place to tuck away the television and other media. Integrate televisions, music systems and other media into your interior in a stylish way with modern cube units or fitted cabinets, combining TV display with shelving or drawers for storage.
Home offices with alcove space are a blessing, as you’ll most likely want to use these for shelving or a built-in cupboard to house your files and stationery, or perhaps go for a freestanding desk or writing bureau.
In the bedroom alcoves offer room to create fitted shelving where you can store spare linens, blankets and quilts. Or use the space to create a pretty hotel-style vanity area, complete with shimmering wallpaper, a fitted dressing table and beautiful mirror above.
Childrens rooms can be one of the smallest in the house, so make the most of every inch of space. Install storage for books, toys and games, or use the space to fit a childs desk, a wooden toy box that doubles as a seat, or a chest of drawers.
You’ll be lucky to find a ready-made floating shelf that fits your alcove perfectly, so try this quirky trick instead. It makes a feature of shorter shelves creating areas for storage and display without making the space look cluttered.
Set aside an alcove in the kitchen or living room where your kids can do their homework and get creative under your watchful eye. A drop-leaf desk can be lowered when not in use and a trolley is ideal for stashing art supplies and tucks away when the desk is down.
This is a great dressing table alternative that will give a chic hotel feel to any space. It’s really simple and you can fit it into even the narrowest alcove. Complete the luxurious look with a shimmering feature wallpaper, show-stopping mirror and comfy stool.
For simple but elegant look, insert tall, made-to-measure freestanding bookcases into the spaces on either side of a living room fireplace. If your room has distinguishing features such as the cornicing and Georgian fire surround seen here, ask your carpenter to design a carcass that will complement them; it will help you create a smart, co-ordinated look.
This log-filled alcove is not only eye-catching, it is also a safe way to store wood close by an open fire. The trick to making the effect both artistic and practical is to make sure your logs are all of a similar size (or that you put the larger logs at the bottom), and that you stack them evenly. To be truly useable, unless you have a ladder, you would not fill the alcove all the way to the top. Do not pull a log out from the middle – the stack may fall on you.
If your alcove has a very shallow depth, so that any furniture would jut out too far, use it as a display space, as seen here. You could choose a set of pictures all linked by a theme, colour or subject, as and as with any picture hanging, create your layout on the floor first, so you do not ruin the wall with too many unnessary holes.
Fit shelves of varying height and depth into an alcove to create a multi-functional space in which an assortment of items can be displayed. A long, low shelf houses larger pieces such as ceramic vases and also provides space for a storage basket underneath, while smaller items books and family photographs, for instance can be placed higher up.
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Create a cosy study area in a living room by tucking a desk into a deep alcove next to an open fire. Place next to a window to make the most of natural light, and use a delicately framed chair to save space. Do remember to take measurements before buying furniture to fit a tight space.
If you want to use bold, two-tone wallpaper without overwhelming a small space, why not use it to make an interesting feature of an alcove. This handmade chevron print provides a contemporary angle to this otherwise beautifully simple scheme.
Symmetry and colour have a powerful effect on a room and both are put to good use in this pair of large, unusually shaped alcoves. Note how the shape of the mirror has been carefully chosen to echo that of the aloves, but is deliberately taller and with an ornate centrepoint so that, like a pyramid, your eye rises upwards and the room feels taller.
Fixed shelving should always be designed to suit the room and your needs, as seen here: by leaving the bottom open, there is room for a small table and reading lamp, while a pediment at the top adds a note of classical style to this converted artisan’s cottage; it also leaves the striking, extra deep cornicing that runs around the top of the walls visible and unharmed.