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Awkward no more: the spaces behind and under

01 July 2016

All of our homes are filled with lots of weird spots that are seemingly useless. But with a little creative thinking, those places  underneath, behind and in between can suddenly become essential.

A white shelving unit sits between the foot of a bed and behind a green sofa.
A white shelving unit sits between the foot of a bed and behind a green sofa.

1. YOUR SOFA DOESN’T NECESSARILY NEED TO SIT IN FRONT OF A WALL. This floor-to-ceiling unit defines your space by creating a room divider of sorts, but still manages to feel light and open.

A bed and a pullout bed are made and ready for a sleepover party.
A gif of a bed and an extra bed underneath being pulled out.

2. THIS DOUBLE BED IS ALREADY A MAJOR SPACE-SAVER, but the real surprise? It’s a perfectly cosy double-decker sofa. Just break out the ice cream and your favourite flick! Trust us, it’s the ultimate sleepover spot.

3. THAT NARROW SPACE BEHIND THE CABINET? What could possibly fit back there? We pulled the cabinet away from the wall just enough to fit a picture ledge behind it. It’s the perfect size to create a shelf for your wrapping paper stash (you know, for the crafty among us).

An extra long tablecloth with a cut-out entrance creates a fort for a young child and their toys.

4. KIDS SPEND SO MUCH TIME UNDER TABLES, so why not create something a bit more permanant? Measure a piece of fabric to make a tablecloth that hangs much lower than most, and cut a flap to make a little door. Next, go crazy painting the interior walls. Violá! The perfect hideout.

Made by

Interior designer: Emma Parkinsson
Digital designer: Cecilia Englund
Copywriter: Vanessa Algotsson
Photographer: Sandra Werud
Editor: Linda Harkell