Asked on Aug 24, 2019

How can I convert an oversized column into much needed storage space?

RymeaLifestyles HomesChloe Crabtree


We recently moved into our '90s, two story home. How may we remove 16" diameter column housing in our entryway and convert that area into much needed storage space?Column: 16" diamaterColumn base: 25"HColumn top: 108"HSheetrock base dimensions: 58"W x 32"Dfirst floor: travertine tile

front door & sidelight (right)

oversized column on raised base (left)

4 answers
  • Lynn Sorrell
    on Aug 24, 2019

    first need to have professional look at it to determine if it's decorative or load bearing

  • Chloe Crabtree
    on Aug 24, 2019

    If that is a supporting column it cannot be removed or your ceiling will come down. If it is purely decorative, it can be removed and you could build out shelves in that same area with or without doors for storage.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    on Aug 24, 2019

    It’s not wholly decorative based on my professional experience.

    You can remove the decorative part and you’ll find the structural part inside.

    Youll have to patch the travertine floor...

    you can build a cabinet or shelves around it, with doors, if you want.

    Taking it out will be cost prohibitive.

  • Rymea
    on Aug 25, 2019

    Builders do ridiculous things. I'm guessing. like someone else said, that it is a composite column around a steel post. Even if it's wood I won't be solid. If you could find an inconspicuous place, make a hole and look inside to see what you are dealing with. I'm pretty sure you will see that you already have a post in there.

    If not, I think at the very least you will be able to have it replaced it with a steel post. But that's not DIY.

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