Alcove storage and how to use it
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 you’ll 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 won’t 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.
Children’s 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 child’s 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.