Every home can come with some awkward spaces – small nooks, tight corners, shallow closets - but that doesn’t mean they can't be functional. We are sharing our top solutions to transform your “dead zones” into your new favourite spot!

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1) Bay Windows

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Bay windows are a beautiful addition to any room, but this bonus space often goes unused because of its awkward shape. Instead of installing costly-customized pieces, try adding a small desk or couch. The pop-out area creates the perfect space for a home office or reading nook!

2) Above Kitchen Cabinets

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No one can have enough kitchen storage, so why not use the unclaimed space above the cabinets? Show off your stylish dishware, plants, or less-attractive pieces in decorative boxes by placing them on top of your cabinets. This trick is a great storage solution if you are running out of cupboard or countertop space!

3) Narrow Spaces

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Make the most of your small hallways, entryways, or landings by adding a stylish and functional feature piece. Revamp a cart or side table to fit your space, adding extra storage and flair. These DIY Side Table ideas will have at least one that'll fit your style.

4) Under The Stairs

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Turn your empty space under your stairs into a reading nook! Add a comfy chair or customized bench to create a hidden reading oasis. Include a bookshelf for easy access to your favourite novels, and additional lighting for easy reading. Any Harry Potter fan can appreciate this solution. Need inspiration? Try this DIY bench for extra storage options!

5) Crammed Spaces

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If you are struggling with small, awkward, or limited space in your home, try using vertical space. Attach floating shelves to display featured pieces, or for added storage. Hang mirrors to open up the room and reflect light. Decorate angled walls with your favourite art. And don’t forget about the wall space behind your door – add hooks for jackets, scarves, and other items.

6) Empty Nooks

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Whether it's a shallow closet or irregular den, turn this awkward area into a functional home office. Find a desk that fits the space, and use the above and side walls for storage, calendars, and motivational art. If a home office is not for you, transform the vacant nook into a bar. Add a stylish bar cart or customize the space with cabinets, floating shelves, and a wine fridge to make this your go-to adult hangout spot.

7) Bare Corners

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Corners can be intimidating to style, but it's time to embrace these deserted edges. Place a statement chair to make the area a feature of the room, while being functional. Create a photo collage up the corner walls to add a bold touch. Or, use a corner bookshelf as a storage solution while still keeping the space open.

8) Extra/Other Spaces

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We know that every home is created differently, so there are bound to be other awkward spaces that we missed. A turnkey solution for almost any space is to add plants! Plants are a great décor piece, since they come in all shapes and sizes - and can even hang from walls or ceilings! In addition, studies have shown that plants can enhance your mood, reduce stress, and even improve your productivity. If you don’t have a green thumb, consider investing in fake plants – they are guaranteed to last you a lifetime.

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