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10 Ideas for Using the Niche at Home

Updated on March 5, 2013

What to do with the home niche?

Usually when a person chooses a new home, he or she pays attention to the location, exposure, size and functionality of the house or flat. The owner doesn't spot a niche in one of the walls until the whole family moves in the new home. And then the wondering starts - what to do with this niche? If you are in the same situation, I suggest you take a look at the following 10 ideas for finding a purpose for your niche.

1. Relaxation Area

10 home niche ideas - Relaxation Area
10 home niche ideas - Relaxation Area

Depending on the size of the niche, you can create a cosy relaxation area. Put a bench with soft upholstery, cover it with decorative pillows, hang a beautiful painting and place several flower pots. If there is enough space, you can even put some of your favourite books there as well. If the nook is not near a window, you can install a lamp, which will ensure enough light for hours and hours of reading. Another great idea is to keep a box with knitting tools underneath the bench, which you can reach any time you want to relax while enjoying your hobby.

2. Home Office

10 home niche ideas - Home Office
10 home niche ideas - Home Office

More and more people are starting to work from home. You can use the niche to create a comfortable home office. Paint it in colours, which will charge you with good energy and mood. Install a panel, which can be used instead of a desk, and several shelves as well. You can arrange your documents on them and they will be the ideal place for keeping pens, sticky notes, photos, etc. Finish the home office with a soft tiny carpet for your feet and a trash bin in one of the corners.

3. Craft Nook

10 home niche ideas - Craft Nook
10 home niche ideas - Craft Nook

If the niche is big enough, you can turn it into a craft nook. You can hide it behind a colourful curtain, which will reveal shelves covered with different boxes, full of threads, beads in all sizes, buttons, ribbons, colourful paper, pencils – all the things your hobby requires. On one of the walls you can hang a cork board, where you will pin various creative ideas and inspiration photos.

4. Laundry Room

10 home niche ideas - Laundry Room
10 home niche ideas - Laundry Room

In case the niche in your home can be connected with the water pipes, you should use it as a laundry room. Place the washing machine inside it and install several shelves above it. There you can keep the iron, the ironing board and different washing detergents. It's a good suggestion to hide the niche with a sliding door.

5. Bags and Shoes Storage

10 home niche ideas - Bags and Shoes Storage
10 home niche ideas - Bags and Shoes Storage

The dream of every woman is to have enough space for all her bags and shoes. The niche in the wall is the ideal place for this purpose. You can either install shelves and arrange your shoes on them or you can keep them in boxes. For your convenience, I suggest you label each box in order to know where every pair is located and find it easily, when needed. You can store the bags on vertical hangers, or on shelves as well. If it's possible to hide the niche with a door, you can keep your belts or other accessories on the back side of the door.

6. Home Library

10 home niche ideas - Home Library
10 home niche ideas - Home Library

The unexpected niche can also turn into a home library, which hosts your favourite collection of books. The only thing you need to do is find a shelf, which will fit in the niche and then arrange your books on top of it. If you want to make your home library more interesting, you can find some very useful ideas here.

7. Memory Gallery

10 home niche ideas - Memory Gallery
10 home niche ideas - Memory Gallery

Sometimes the niche can be too tiny to fit a separate nook or premise, but this doesn't mean you can't make a good use of it. Paint it in a calming colour, such as light blue, and hang several framed photos in different sizes. Turn the niche into a gallery of memories and you will always smile when you look at it and see the photos from an unforgettable trip or event.

8. Wine Bottles Storage

10 home niche ideas - Wine Bottles Storage
10 home niche ideas - Wine Bottles Storage

If you don't have a special place for keeping your wine collection, then the niche is perfect for that. Put a cabinet inside, big enough for the wine bottles. The more extravagant the cabinet, the better. Cover it with a lovely tablecloth and put a vase with flowers on top of it. The final addition for the wine nook can be several glasses and books, dedicated to wine production and wine sorts. If you want to create even a bigger storage place for your wine collection, you can read some great ideas here.

9. Storage for Various Items

10 home niche ideas - Storage for Various Items
10 home niche ideas - Storage for Various Items

In every home you can find items that are kind of useless, but people still keep them, because they have a sentimental value. If you don't have a garage, an attic or a cellar you can utilize the niche as a storage place. Put shelves or a big cabinet in it, which will be able to fit all of your items. But have in mind that these objects will gather a lot of dust and will need regular cleaning.

10. Part of the Home Décor

10 home niche ideas - Part of the Home Decor
10 home niche ideas - Part of the Home Decor

If the niche at your home is too small, you can simply integrate it in the rest of the interior. You can hang a beautiful painting or a clock on its central wall, in case the niche is located in the living room. If it's in the kitchen, then store your spices there. In the children's room the niche will be the ideal home for toys and books. A niche in the hallway can be decorated with a mirror and creative key holder.

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      Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Beautiful, creative ideas. Thanks for sharing

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      shana273 4 years ago

      Beautiful photos! I have a niche area in my kitchen, and I'm not sure what to do with it.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Beautiful!

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      Great decorating ideas for those tough spots. Love the craft niche.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Such unusual ideas for a seemingly awkward space, I'll keep them in mind.

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      This is a fabulous idea for a lens! I love your view on filling home niches. I owned a Victorian home, at one time, that had the most awesome built in niche spaces. It was such fun creating vignettes in the smaller nooks and turning the larger ones into usable spaces that worked for my needs. *Squid Angel Blessed*

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      fifinn 4 years ago

      I like the home office, it seems very convenient for work.

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      poutine 4 years ago

      I love the "1. Relaxation Area "

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      You have made several great suggestions for a home niche and any one of them would fit nicely. I especially like the relaxation,comfy, office and wine niche. The office niche for getting some productive work done in an uncluttered office, the comfy niche to help relax with a nice glass of wine after a long day in the office. I really appreciate you sharing this lens Emma_Brown as it is really well done. I hope you will be writing more lenses soon because I look forward to more well done lenses from you. Again, Thank You Emma_Brown for dropping by my Irish Stew lens and everything else. Hope you stop by again for another visit. Enjoy the hearty stew and the delicious soda bread. Bon Appetit!

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      wleon63 4 years ago

      I did an article just like this one some time ago. So, I can vouch for what you have put down here. Great information, clear, precise and a really good read. Well done.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Beautiful design. :) I could really do with that shoe storage lol!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I would love to have my own special place. You have some wonderful ideas here.

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      EmmaBrown1 4 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: I'm really happy that you liked them. Hope you have the opportunity to create your own special place :)

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      EmmaBrown1 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Totally agree

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The design of the room in the home library photo is amazing.

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      EmmaBrown1 4 years ago

      @Aibrean82: Me neither. But I'm thinking about making one :)

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      These are all great ideas, not to mention beautiful photos! We don't have a home with a niche, but I want one now...

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      EmmaBrown1 4 years ago

      @meganst: Thank you, Megan :)

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      EmmaBrown1 4 years ago

      @happynutritionist: I hope that you found your inspiration :) Good luck with the decoration!

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      EmmaBrown1 4 years ago

      @happynutritionist: I hope that you found your inspiration :) Good luck with the decoration!

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      I am about to transform a little room that used to be my sons into my own little space...am still trying to decide what to do...whatever it is, it will by Country. Lovely ideas here.

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      meganst 4 years ago

      Fantastic share! As any bookworm, I am all for the niche library, but, honestly, all your suggestions are fabulous :)))

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      GabrielaFargasch 4 years ago

      Lovely ideas! :)

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      EmmaBrown1 4 years ago

      @sarasentor lm: I'm really happy that you like the ideas :)

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      sarasentor lm 4 years ago

      Wow! This is amazing and i love to do the same.

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      EmmaBrown1 4 years ago

      @Elaine Chen: Glad that you like them :) I'm in love with the relaxation area and the craft nook. Too bad I don't have a niche at home.

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      I like the relaxation area, home office and home library as well as the laundry corner. These images express my dream house interior designs.