Help! I need ideas for an alcove in the master bedroom.

Rozanne M
by Rozanne M
The entrance to the master bedroom is like a small hallwaywith an alcove that measures 63" wide by 26" deep, the wall is 10' high. (The area stores a keyboard which is temporary.) It is too big to leave empty and to add furniture would make thisarea feel cramped. I am at a loss as what to do with this space.
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  • Megan Hantz Megan Hantz on Feb 22, 2014
    I would add a beautiful framed painting on the wall to fill in the wall space above, and I think a small formal sitting chair and side table would be cute, balance out the painting above and I don't think it would be too much. If you think that the small chair would still be too cramped then I would go with a book shelf, with some books to display along with decorative items on the book shelf to make it cute, along with the painting above to balance out the space and make it look larger.
  • Audrey Bunch Audrey Bunch on Feb 23, 2014
    I would put a comfy bench with basket's underneath to put shoes/keys/etc...
  • C&K Custom Remodeling C&K Custom Remodeling on Feb 23, 2014
    I would consider built in sitting or make up station. Or maybe some built in custom cabinetry.
  • Jane Seaver Jane Seaver on Feb 23, 2014
    Maybe a bookcase or sofa table with a picture over.
  • Diane Diane on Feb 24, 2014
    I would do a more adult, sophisticated version of this idea I found on Pintrest.
  • Jessie R Jessie R on Feb 24, 2014
    I would pick a color from ur bedroom and paint this color, then using a small version of a library table ( narrow and long)....a flowervase, book, etc and a beautiful colorful painting above it!
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Feb 24, 2014
    It depends on what your need is. If you need to store books, put in a bookcase. A nice desk with storage above and below it would be nice as would a very nice tall storage cabinet for linens, sweater, jeans...with a pretty painting above. (There are lots of vintage cabinets for sales cheaply or you can paint something like an old TV cabinet, add shelves and you have storage.) Even a bookcase (because it is movable) would be nice to store some of the things you love but do not have a place to display them.
  • Brenda Brenda on Feb 24, 2014
    What about shoe storage? Ikea has the Hemnes shoe cabinet that you mount against the wall, it takes up little space but you can pack quite a bit in them. The one we use for our front hall alcove has a drawer on the top for odds & ends and it's deep enough that you can put some pretty things on top for decor. Mount a mirror over top and you have a spot to check yourself before you leave the bedroom etc.
  • KathrynElizabeth Etier KathrynElizabeth Etier on Feb 24, 2014
    A closet, built-in cabinets, or a bench--either a storage bench or something very comfy--with a large print hanging above it.
  • Decorating Den Interiors Decorating Den Interiors on Feb 24, 2014
    I suggest you add a chest or narrow table and a pretty lamp. A picture or mirror above would be nice as well. If using a mirror, be sure to have something pretty reflecting in it as seen in this photo from Houzz. This would give you some storage, some ambient lighting as be attractive from the hallway
  • Kayo Frazier Kayo Frazier on Feb 24, 2014
    Don't know what the décor is for the rest of the room is so this suggestion might not fit, but it is really interesting & would definitely be a conversation piece. Check this out...
  • Rozanne M Rozanne M on Feb 24, 2014
    The master bedroom istraditional with a seating area and a wall hung TV. The en-suite bathroom has large mirrors witha make-up area and the closet is a very large walk-in. Thehallway is marked with red crosshatch lines and the alcove is marked with asolid line in this space. The hallway is40" wide making the total area 66" wide. To add furniture will close in the area andmake it feel crowded. To add seating or a desk would make itdifficult to pass through. It's an oddspace. Maybe adding a cabinet in a lightercolor in the lower area for linen storage and a mirror and/or picture(s) abovewould solve the problem.
  • Evergreen Turf Evergreen Turf on Feb 24, 2014
    A nice mirror, slim table or set of drawers with simple flowers on top would look great. These photos are from pinterest:
  • Sheryl Cowherd Turner Sheryl Cowherd Turner on Feb 25, 2014
    how about a coffee station? A cabinet with storage for cups, coffee and sugar.
  • Cheryl @ Artzzle Cheryl @ Artzzle on Feb 25, 2014
    Sheryl Cowherd Turner, that could be a fun thing, especially for relaxing in the master on those lazy weekend mornings!
  • Sandra Battaglia Sandra Battaglia on Feb 25, 2014
    Not knowing your décor, I would mirror the back wall and add glass shelving with recessed lighting. This would make this area appear larger and make it "pop." It would set the "tone" when entering your bedroom...maybe place some of your "treasures" in this area on the shelves. Paint the remaining walls in this area a darker color and have your "treasures" reflect this color...try to use a color that is consistently used throughout your house.
  • Cynthia Cynthia on Oct 25, 2014
    A nice hall tree with a seat and mirrored back. They are usually tall but narrow so it shouldn't make you feel cramped. The mirrored back can be added if not already equipped and should open up the area with the reflection. You can paint or stain to match your bedroom motiff and I don't know about you but I love having a bench in the room to put on my shoes.
  • Lori Lori on Dec 28, 2014
    What about painting it a darker shade of the bedroom and put free hanging shelves with art on it. I don't know if "free hanging" is what you call them but the supports are invisible ( Ikea ) that way the alcove is not naked but interesting.
    • Jessie R Jessie R on Mar 08, 2015
      This is my thought the painting part. However the art I would suggest would be a large painting to pull the colors in the room together.
  • Lana Baker Lana Baker on Dec 28, 2014
    @ Lana Bulverde, Tx. This sounds like a perfect place to put a bookcase/magazine rack, or possibly even a small bar area.
  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Mar 07, 2015
    What about a floor to ceiling mirror for checking yourself before leaving the room.
  • Moxie Moxie on Oct 12, 2015
    I think i would make a bench out of cabinets on the floor and cushion top with decorative pillows and great wall stencil. Royal design studio website has a great one with big flower stencils that i jave wanted to for years...point being you could have storage a place to put on your shoes and get a great welcoming focal point to your room
  • Analida Vergara Stewart Analida Vergara Stewart on Jul 16, 2016
    Paint the wall with an accent color of your taste or one that matches the color already in your masters or a trendy modern wall paper. This wall can be use either as a family Picture gallery using distressed picture frames along with other small art work on canvas and other type of trendy wall decor . -or-instead 2. Add a big beautiful distressed or ornate framed mirror ( use it to check your hair and make up before leaving the bedroom ) which ever fits your current decor or big canvas art work. 3.after the wall is done (painted and decorated l) , add a half table or sofa table with a lamp or 2 and any decor (a beautiful vase , small flower arrangement, etc )of your taste to display on top .
  • Sandi De Luca Gales Sandi De Luca Gales on Sep 11, 2016
    A pretty white storage bench, with a colorful top and some small pillows, with a nice picture hanging on the larger of the walls.
  • I would build-in shelves or cabinets for storage.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 09, 2022

    What would work for you? A coffee bar, make it into storage, perhaps a place with a chair and lamp like a reading nook.

    But most bedrooms need more storage you could incorporate built in dressers or even a bookcase.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 17, 2023

    I like the idea of a coffee bar. Some shelving would be nice too.