11 Clever Ways to Capitalize on Awkward Corners

Awkward corner no more! Say goodbye to the unusual and unusable spaces in your home. Here are 11 ways to transform any problem area into your new favorite spot.

  1. Be Still My Cart

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    Thin rolling cart

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    Those narrow spaces in your home, often the result of poor design, eat up usable storage space. 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.


    Related: Get Organized: 25 Clever Ideas for Repurposed Storage

  2. Order In The Corner

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    Kitchen command center

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    In many homes, the fridge serves as an informal memo board for important notes, calendars, and kids' achievements. Now formalize your fridge's second function by turning one of its sides into a command center. Add a white board and some well-placed cubbies to create a landing place for family schedules and weeknight recipes.


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  3. Kitchen Conundrum

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    Corner drawers

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    If you have a corner kitchen cabinet, chances are it features a lazy Susan that spins to give access to out-of-reach supplies. While that design functions just fine, try this take on the corner cabinet: pie-shaped drawers. This approach adds both drawer space and depth to your current cabinet setup.


    Related: Buy or DIY: 8 Clever Solutions for Storing Pots and Pans

  4. Around and Around

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    Revolving bookcase

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    Ever notice how postage-stamp-sized local shops can fit so many things into such a small space? The reason is the use of smart storage solutions—like revolving shelves. Take a cue from your favorite store and make your own turning shelf. Place it in a do-nothing corner and suddenly you've got storage.


    Related: 18 Big Storage Ideas to Steal from Tiny Homes

  5. The Space Between

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    Corner shelves

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    Corners are tricky to decorate, doubly so when they’re positioned in that awkward space between two windows. Turn this design challenge into an opportunity by creating a corner shelf that nestles perfectly in the dead space. Not only does it unify the space between each window, but it adds endless function as well.


    Related: 10 Insanely Creative Shelves You Can DIY

  6. Cut Corners

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    Corner cabinet

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    For less than $100 and a few hours of work, this rustic corner cabinet could be yours. The genius design might be your favorite piece of furniture for the way it adds style and function to a previously empty corner. The open shelving on top and closed cabinet on the bottom work together to give a home to all the things you want to display and everything you don't.


    Related: 18 Sneaky Ways to DIY Top-Dollar Decor

  7. When One Door Closes

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    Door shelf

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    Another solution to the corner dilemma? This clever door-turned-bookcase. All it takes to DIY your own is a salvaged door, a circular saw, and some metal brackets. A coat of paint can make the piece as bold (turquoise anyone?) or as subtle (think off-white) as you want. Use it to display heirlooms in the living room or toys in the kids' bedroom—be sure to anchor it to the wall to prevent tipping.


    Related: 16 New Things You Can Do with Old Furniture

  8. Brewmaster

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    Corner coffee

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    Calling all coffee lovers! If the gadgets you need to make your morning cup of joe are taking up too much counter space, turn a small corner of your kitchen into your very own cafe. Create a counter using a small table you already have on hand, or build your own with wood for the base and concrete for the top. Then add a few floating shelves to stash your favorite beans and mugs.


    Related: 21 Coffee Bars to Put Pep in Your Home Design

  9. Shelf Life

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    Bread box diy

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    The greatest thing since sliced bread may have been the humble box used to store it. That said, bread boxes have fallen out of fashion in many homes. Before you discard an unused box, consider upcycling it into wall storage. Screw the base of the box onto the wall, then use it as both a shelf and a mini cabinet.


    Related:  18 Clever Storage Solutions You Can DIY for Free

  10. Go Horizontal

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    Diy ladder shelf

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    A corner shelf is difficult to find in stores, but it's easy enough to make your own. Here, an old ladder does double duty as a storage shelf and a unique focal point for the room.


    Related: 20 Insanely Easy Ways to Build Your Own Furniture

  11. See the House of the Week

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