24 Smart and Stylish Ways to Decorate Empty Corners

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    Put Those Empty Corners to Work

    Living room corner filled with houseplants

    Every naked room corner in a fun-sized abode is a space-making opportunity. Here's how to transform neglected nooks into useful and inviting spots that make life at home better.

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    Fake a Playroom


    Need an idea that will fire up a small child's imagination? Easy to remove washi tape magically transforms a bare corner into an enchanting playhouse. Instead of using a floor hogging toy box, a compact shelving unit with rounded corners is a space saving idea that creates storage for playthings.

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    Squeeze in a Nook with a View

    Hack a Cafe Corner in Kitchen

    Tiffany from Off Beat and Inspired transformed an ignored nook in her living room into a cafe corner with a view. FYI, this DIY can double as a home office. See more of this living room here.

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    Get a Corner Bookcase

    Corner bookshelf

    The Billy Bookcase Series is one of IKEA's most successful designs ever for good reason. The key pieces in the collection can be mixed or used solo based on your unique storage needs. The corner Billy Bookcase is an excellent example that turns a naked nook into useful storage. Here are 23 more ways you can use Billy Bookcase.

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    Fuel Your Caffeine Addition


    Don't have enough room in your kitchen for a coffee station? A tiny corner shelf is all you need to create a spot to make lattes.

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    Hack Your Old Futon

    IKEA Futon Hack

    Pushing 30 years old? It's time to upgrade your frumpy futon sofa into a sexy corner chaise lounge. This IKEA hack shows how. 

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    Store Lots of Clothing


    Your studio apartment doesn't have a bedroom-- never mind a walk-in closet. What to do? This DIY corner clothing rack will create room to hang your entire wardrobe. Shannon from Awash With Wonder shares how to build.​

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    Get a Cute Cabinet


    Squeezing storage into a super small corner seems nearly impossible. Enter IKEA. In 2014, their biannual PS Collection was all about smart small space solutions, like this cute pink cabinet designed to fit snugly in tight corners. FYI, it can also be wall mounted after removing the legs.

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    Make a Stylish Statement

    corner shelving small space storage ideas

    You can transform any corner in your home into a lovely wall display using this midcentury-inspired shelving unit by Senkki. Each one is handcrafted from plywood in Australia by local craftsmen.

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    Rethink Cabinet Corners

    Kitchen corner storage solution

    Rethink cabinet space by making the most of the awkward corners they create. Adding organizational features with suction cup or peel stick backings like hooks, rails, and baskets will transform these untapped spaces into activity or command centers.  

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    Carve Out a Nursery


    Here's a stylish way to make room for baby. Bold wall art like this colorful decal not only makes a big statement in a small space, but it can also carve out a spot for a nursery.

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    Add Floating Shelves


    How do you make room for a home office in a tiny attic apartment? Canadian architect Laurent McComber squeezed in much-needed desk and storage space by adding custom floating shelving that wraps around corners.

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    Create a Micro Closet

    Turn a corner into a closet hack

    Zandi, the blonde bombshell behind Radical Possibility, converted a corner in her small guest room into a micro closet using steel pipe, and a couple of flanges and elbow joints. ​You can get the DIY deets here. 

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    Build Your Own Desk

    Counter Top Corner Desk

    Any empty corner can become a home office with this floating desk by WOOT Design. To DIY, you'll need a narrow table top and a couple of floating countertop support brackets that are properly anchored into the wall studs. Adding a single stainless steel leg adds a little extra support.

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    Say No to Boring

    Pear Shaped Corner Shelf

    Wall-mounted storage doesn't have to be boring. This whimsical corner shelf by Senkki adds whimsy and function to a dull corner. It's perfect for dressing up a nursery or kitchen. 

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    Build a Stylish Storage System

    DIY Plywood Corner Shelving Unit

    Got basic carpentry skills? Then you can build this stylish corner shelf unit from plywood. You'll find the DIY on the Dutch site, Karwei. 

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    Make a DIY Gallery Wall

    Living Bar in Corner
    A Beautiful Mess

    A small corner is a focal point in this tiny living room. The gallery wall was created using printable monochromatic art. The pièce de résistance is the bar cart. It's the finishing touch that makes this nook a favorite spot for relaxing. ​Emma the keen DIY'er from A Beautiful Mess shares how she styled this cute corner here.

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    Install a Pegboard

    Corner Wall Storage Ideas
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    Show Off Tiny Collectibles

    DIY Narrow Corner Shelves

    Show off air plants and small collectibles with a sweet corner shelving system you can DIY. See the crisp dark edges? Black yarn was used to create the inlays. To learn more, check out the tutorial on Instructables.

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    Whip Up Entryway Storage


     A naked nook by the front door creates a spot to corral handbags, hats, and other grab and go and essentials.

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    Squeeze in a Workstation

    Folding Corner Desk

    Whether you need a standing workstation or extra counter space, nothing works a corner like a wall mounted drop leaf table. The NORBERG by IKEA is an inexpensive option that creates an additional work surface when needed.

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    No More Weird Nook


    In a compact kitchen, a weird corner nook becomes a major storage opportunity. Theses narrow shelves keep healthy snacks and standard essentials like fresh fruit and drinking glass front and center.

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    Add Storage to a Micro Bedroom


    A reclaimed ladder can be more than just pretty rustic décor. This one makes a stylish statement while providing a convenient place to keep extra bedding.

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    Work Cubby Storage


    Wall mounted cubby storage turns a tight corner by a front door into an entryway landing strip for keys, mail, books, and other small items. 

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    Bring in Greenery

    Living room corner filled with houseplants

    A corner window creates a weird nook furniture can't fill. What can you do? Bold leafy plants will green up an empty corner while adding a fresh nature-inspired vibe. Arranging plants at varying heights using a shelf and stool will add dimension to the display.