Space-Savers: Use Every Corner Wisely

One of the most common woes in home design is inadequate size. Many rooms are small or awkwardly laid out, making it difficult and frustrating to furnish said rooms. When decorating an undersized or oddly-shaped room, the most important rule to follow is: use every inch that you have!

Corners are often and unfortunately overlooked in design, while they can be the most useful. We’ve found ingenious solutions to help you whip your home into shape and use your available inches wisely.

In the bathroom:

If you have a tiny powder room, are hankering for a double vanity or sink but don’t have the space, or just want to free up your wall space for something else (a bigger shower? a tub? the possibilities abound), try a corner vanity, sink, or console:

Scarabeo Square Suspended or Supported Corner Basin
Fairmont Designs Prairie Corner Vanity & Sink Set
Ryvyr Malago Corner Vanity

Add a matching corner medicine cabinet for optimal functionality:

Ryvyr Malago Medicine Cabinet

Tuck the tub in the corner for a cozy and space-freeing setup:

Eago Rounded Corner Whirlpool with Clear Wall
Neptune Wind Combo Tub

Many tubs are available in left and right configurations to fit every bathroom:

Duravit Paiova Left Tub with Combi System
Clearwater Heart Corner Air Tub with Feet
Ariel Corner Whirlpool Bathtub with Waterfall

Put your shower in the corner, complete with angled shower panel, shower seat and shower accessories:

DreamLine Cornerview Shower Enclosure
Vigo Frameless Neo-Angle Shower Enclosure
MTI Teak Corner Shower Seat

This great seat flips up and out of way when not in use:

MTI Teak Corner Shower Seat
Sonia Commercial Items Double Corner Wire Basket
Bissonnet Corner Shower Basket

Yes, you do have room for a towel warmer:

corner towel warmer
Wesaunard Cornerpiece 12-Towel Warmer

Even your toilet can fit in the corner!

Corner toilet
American Standard Triangle Cadet PRO Elongated Toilet

In the kitchen

You can just put a regular sink in the corner, but that can wastes space and make dishwashing awkward. A specially designed corner sink intended for the space grants you two basins and easier access:

Elkay Gourmet Double Bowl Corner Sink
Elkay Gourmet Double Bowl Corner Sink
Houzer Legend Double Bowl Corner Sink

If you’d prefer a regular rectangular sink, choose an apron-front sink so that you don’t have to bend over to reach it better.

Kitchen by Great Neighborhood Homes

Triangular cabinets have gotten smarter and more versatile than ever! Forget Lazy Susans and deep cabinets where everything ends up wedged in the back (so that’s what that smell was!) – these clever solutions make corners useful again.

Kitchen by Eminent Interior Design
Kitchen by Gilday Renovations Design Build

Around the house

Specially-shaped curio cabinets, bookshelves, display shelves, desks, banquettes, and even hanging bars will help you maximize the space and layout that you have:

Photo credit: Jeanette Lunde
Kitchen by Best & Company
Dining Room by Maria Killam
Kitchen by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Corner Hanging Bar, via

Don’t you just love it when everything fits perfectly?