CLEVER WAYS TO MAXIMISE AWKWARD SPACES
Make the most of those awkward spaces in your home with multitasking furniture, secret storage and clever innovations…
1 Spiral Cellars
Dank, dingy wine cellars have no place in the modern home – often quite literally in crowded cities. But Spiral Cellars has the answer, with its innovative wine cellars that can be fitted into the ground below your home in days and store up to 1,900 bottles. From £19,140.
2 Creative architecture
Married architects Lizzie and Joe Fraher of Fraher architects created a clever home office in their south London garden. No space is wasted – even the wooden staircase, created by the practice’s sister company Fraher + Co, features cleverly built-in storage. What’s more, the studio is hidden behind a climbing façade of evergreens to blend the office with the garden.
fraher.co; 020 8291 6947
3 Study nooks
Make the most of an under-the-stairs nook by creating a study area. Take inspiration from Keepers Court in King’s Hill, Kent (a family home that’s currently on the market for £699,000), which has a cute cubby for reading or homework tucked under the staircase. This clever home even has a large loft room accessed by an electric staircase that drops down at the touch of a switch.
oakshamlet.com; 01732 848 316
4 Multi-function furniture
A good, full-length mirror is essential for the style-conscious, but rarely as hardworking as this one. The free-standing Push mirror by Danish brand Skagerak has a small shelf on the front for those everyday items, as well as rails to hang or drape those wear-all-the-time pieces that never quite make it back into the wardrobe. Made from FSC-certified, slow-grow Croatian oak, it’s highly durable
and fits perfectly into a contemporary Scandinavian context. £525.
scandiliving.com; 01428 608 050
5 Bespoke cabinetry
This bespoke black walnut dressing room hugs the curves of the room in all the right places. Designed and made by Chamber Furniture in Kent, it features a central, elegant vanity cabinet, functional storage and open-faced wardrobes to provide endless space for every outfit and accessory. chamberfurniture.co.uk; 01959 532 553
6 Smart living
If you love to entertain but have limited space, this flat-screen TV pulls out and away from the wall unit to reveal space for six dining chairs (folded flat), while the lower cupboard conceals a pull-out dining table. The side shelves and drawer can be positioned either side. Available in numerous colours and finishes. Priced as seen here, £3,290.