You probably wish your home had a little more space here and there, right? Perhaps what’s really missing are ideas for making better use of what you’ve got.
Let your walls carry more of the responsibility.
Whether you live in a studio apartment or a two-floor traditional home, there’s room all around that you’re most likely not using.
Floating furniture – with its clean lines and simplicity – can be a versatile tool for making your home more functional.
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For Geri Cruickshank Eaker, an interior and architectural designer for Freespace Design in Charlotte, wall-mounted furniture is a reliable way to help clients accomplish their goals at home. That often means coming up with a contemporary look.
“Most of my clients are looking for a more minimal approach for space and storage,” Eaker said. “That goes for both smaller spaces, like apartments, and even inside larger homes. So we have to think of ways to do that.”
Redeeming wasted space
What some might consider wasted space – too small or awkward for furniture – can actually be the perfect spot for a less intrusive piece. Used properly, a wall-mounted table or desk, can gracefully dress up a neglected wall while adding storage and display space.
Eaker helped a family in uptown Charlotte reclaim part of the entranceway in their single-family residence. She created a workstation in the bare and neglected space by installing an LAX Series Wall-Mounted Desk. $720 at mashstudios.com and AllModern.com.
“I decided we should try to use that space, and that’s where we came up with the idea of a small office,” Eaker said. “It meant the client could still be (in) the living area with her children, but also try and work at the same time.”
Floating furniture often appeals to designers because of its adaptable nature. The uncomplicated designs common in this category make it easy to use a single piece of furniture in vastly different settings. One designer may use Woodwave’s Wall-Mounted Drawer as a nightstand with a bedside lamp. Another might tuck it neatly in the foyer to catch the day’s mail and sets of keys. Made with American Oak solids and veneers, as well as repurposed oak on the tambour face. $299 at woodwaves.com.
There is likely a use for a pair of wall-mounted drawers in practically any room. Place a mirror above the Ekby Alex/Ekby Valter Shelf with Drawer and it’s a slim, space-saving makeup vanity. Stack a row of books on top for a sleek bookshelf with the bonus of storage space. Made with particleboard and fiberboard. $54.99 at ikea.com.
For centuries, legs have carried the brunt of most furniture’s weight. But legless forms can give you the freedom to squeeze in a flat surface in tighter confines – often without compromising on style. The LAX series Wall-Mounted Table, made with English walnut and steel hardware, can be used as a dining table at standard height. Position it higher on the wall, and it becomes a pub table, where family and friends stand or sit in tall chairs. Prices start at $420 for the table; dining chairs and bar stools from $290, at mashstudios.com and AllModern.com.
There was a time when walls were reserved for art or shelves with a few knickknacks. Today, we know walls can handle much more. A Wall-Mounted Entertainment Center, such as the one from Woodwaves Inc., can hold a 65-inch flat-screen television. Made with American poplar solid wood, maple veneers and butcher-block solid tambour doors. $1,297 at woodwaves.com. The smaller Minimalist TV Stand ($599) can support 125 pounds of electronics.