What do I do with this space

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Whay can I do with this awkward and useless space? Any advice would be appreciated
q what do i do with this space
q what do i do with this space
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  • Liz Toone Liz Toone on Jan 05, 2018
    You could create a cozy reading space with a chair, a foot rest a table and lamp aided by the natural light from the window.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 05, 2018
    Make a cozy reading nook and mini library.

  • I would be jumping for joy if I had this space! You can do it up real cute, probably with stuff you already have. Turn it into a reading nook with some comfy seating, a craft space, or how about a home office / computer station? If you have kids, how about homework space? When doing paperwork, I love looking out the window while thinking.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jan 05, 2018
    I would love to have that space as a library. I would have bookshelves to the ceiling on the left wall, and lighter curtains, even if the heavy curtains are needed to night. Sheers on an expansion rod could fit the windows. I would have a comfy rocking chair or recliner, a charging station and a table to place a glass of iced tea and my phone on. I would have grandchildren books on the lower bookshelves, and my favorites and new books on the center shelves, with artwork and handcrafts on the taller shelves. A great lamp would be necessary. Can I have your space? ☺️

  • Pam Pam on Jan 05, 2018
    I like the library nook idea or make a kids play area

  • Pom23302899 Pom23302899 on Jan 06, 2018
    Do you need a little office space? It looks like with a little rearranging it would be great!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 06, 2018
    I have a back room next to my dining room that has the door to the back yard. I couldn't figure out what to do with it or my really large collection of books, so we took all my bookcases and turned it into a library. Right now it is a mess, we brought in my five big pots of hibiscus, rearranged a couple of things and put up a light for them and they take almost half of the room, so it is a little tight trying to finish doing what I want with the room, but it eventually will get done! It will be a great place to sit and read.

  • Jeani Miller Miner Jeani Miller Miner on Jan 08, 2018
    What is your lifestyle? Would a craft area, library or guest space be of use or do you need more organization and storage space?
    Do you have kids who could use a homework space or do you need a home office?
    The answer to that question would help direct the way in which you use this space. I'd be happy to give you some ideas once I knew what your needs are.

    • Audrey Brown Audrey Brown on Jan 08, 2018
      Thanks, library or office is probably best bet, it's kind of a passing area, the older couple that lived here watched tv there and that's thought but them the bedrooms are right next to it and if have to pay a couple hundred. For another cable hookup, thanks!!

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jan 08, 2018
    Use it for a private retreat - for t.v. watching, reading, meditating, etc.

  • Jeani Miller Miner Jeani Miller Miner on Jan 08, 2018
    The very first thing I would do is measure the space and make a simple sketch that included the location of stairs, doorways, window and electrical outlets. Now you know what you have to work with.
    I would invest in a few good pieces that could be used in more than one room so if you ever change your mind about the space they can be re-purposed. Maybe a chaise for relaxing and reading along with a club chair and small ottoman. (all of which could be used in a family room, front room or bedroom at a later date). The ottoman can easily be used for serving snacks or drinks just by adding a tray. I noticed you have some large stars on the wall, maybe the tray could also hang there when not in use. The tray and stars could be the start of a fun gallery wall. Include some architectural pieces, art prints and great photographs.
    Invest in couple of floor lamps that adjust in height so you can customize the light for reading as needed.
    A couple of soft warm throw blankets either on the chair/chaise or in a basket would warm up the space. A few pillows (at least one with a star pattern if this is something you like) to tie the wall art and the furniture together would also look great.
    Then it's all about the books. I would go freestanding shelf units unless you are certain that the shelves will remain there long term. If your bookcases cover an outlet, don't hesitate to cut an opening in the back of the case to run an electrical cord through it. A lamp on a shelf is always nice. At the very least run an extension cord out from behind the shelves. Be sure to use the type with a flat head so the shelf can still go snug against the wall.
    Be sure to mix some photos and dimensional objects in with your books. Stand your books in typical fashion, but also lay a few down in a stack and then stand a few on top. I would even include plants, but REAL, not fake. There are plenty of real plants that require very little care.
    Include some favorite artwork on the shelves as well.
    I'd be tempted to add wallpaper to one wall as a feature. It can help ground the space and bring warmth and interest to an oddly shaped space by drawing the eye to the wall instead of the shape of the space.
    Then it's all about adding a few accessories to make the place feel intentional. A low table with a shelf would be perfect for holding over-sized books like art books. Outdoor furniture offers some fun options too. A wrought iron window box secured to the wall (into the studs) would be fun filled with favorite books or magazines.
    I hope you're inspired to give that space a great look and make it into a spot where you can curl up with a great book. Enjoy!


  • Random Chance Random Chance on Jan 09, 2018
    A space like this was common in homes built during the late Victorian era. A "fainting couch" (chaise) would be placed against the railing because women wore tightly cinched corsets, and they could sit or lie on it to catch their breath after walking upstairs.

    Consider adding premade cabinets from a home improvent store along the walls to add extra storage and shelves. This could include a built in desk for a computer. Place a small sideboard or a couch table by the railing for more storage and a place to set things that need to be carried downstiars later.