Last week’s look at window seats led me to another type of hidden space within the home, the niche. A standard niche could be any area carved out of a wall surface, often just a shelf, but niches can be so much more. Niches can hide reading areas, office desk space, even beds. They are a great way to use the leftover spaces under stairs, above a floor level change, or at a low roof area. You may not be able to use that space for a full-height room, but putting the right niche in that space can turn it from extra to useful space in a snap.
One great way to do achieve this is to convert a closet area. My home office has its desk area set into what was a guest bedroom closet. And building out the face of a closet area can create a niche that is deep enough for a bed, a great way to open up what would otherwise be a really small room. Niches can even be closed off to become a private little getaway area. Don’t underestimate the power of tiny spaces!
(above) Thick Wall Reading Niche