Are you a new homeowner in Michigan? Congratulations. While the lower sales prices are not good for sellers, they are very good for buyers. Maybe your new house has an open floor plan, and you love it. Except you don’t have much room for storage. There doesn’t seem to be any place to put the buffet, the bookcases, or the sofa.
How can you place a china cabinet in the dining room when you only have an eating area between the kitchen area and the sitting area? Where do tall bookcases go when the longest wall is all windows? What can you do to disguise the very ugly back of wood and upholstered furniture that is now on display in the middle of the open space? Where do you keep the clutter, toys, coats? One answer is to create partial walls and half-walls with case good furniture. Or, use a bureau as a table with storage benefits.
Add a front hall closet with an armoire or wardrobe. Place it against the wall if there is room, or at a 90º to the door wall. Add a bench with a seat that opens for storing shoes, boots, and sports equipment. As an alternative, have the family use the back door and keep a hall tree by the front door for guests.
Create rooms within the larger space by keeping furniture away from the walls. A small seating area without walls can be as easy as two chairs facing a sofa. Your seating area will look better if it is not parallel with the existing walls. Think about traffic patterns and where you want people to walk through the room. The traffic pattern will define the “outside” of the inner rooms.
Use small bureaus and servers as end tables and occasional tables. Consider putting a bureau on a window wall where the drapes bunch when they are open. Bureaus and servers hold lots of smaller items and take up the same floor space as the table.
Place matching tall bookcases back to back and bolt them together for a sturdy divider that only blocks a portion of the view. You can add small lamps to books shelves to literally lighten up the bulk of the bookcase.
Move the china cabinet at least 3 feet away from and at a 45-60º angle to an outside wall so the front faces the dining area and the back faces the sitting area. Attach a piece of A/B plywood cut to fit the back and paint it to match the wall color. Hang art work on your new ” display wall.”
Use dressers that are the same height at the back of the sofa instead of a console table. You can still place lamps on top, and you gain out of sight storage space.
You might already have furniture you can use in new ways. If not, try IKEA in Canton, or one of the many antique and consignment stores throughout southeast Michigan.
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