Open Shelves Solve Space Issues

Cabinetry is not all about doors, face frames and boxes. Cabinetry can encompass all the other parts and pieces that go into a design, such as corbels, shelves and moldings, which can help pull a design together. Here are some creative, functional and beautiful applications of open shelving to hopefully provide some ideas and inspire your next project!

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Open shelves, such as shown above the sink, can create a more open look and are a great place to display cookbooks or a collection of plates or glassware.

In our Stamford, Connecticut, showroom, clients can see different examples of Dura Supreme cabinetry, including open shelving above the sink. This creates a more open look, and can be a great spot to showcase cookbooks, display a collection of plates or glasses or even have a few fresh herbs handy for cooking.

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In this home office, floating shelves in the corner display photos and personal mementos. Opening up the corner allows for the desk to fit into it, maximizing space.

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This home office space in a living area uses open shelves to maximize corner space, and display family photos and artwork.

This illustrates how shelving can also give function to a challenging space, namely corners. Sometimes with corners, designers run up against challenges, such as windows or depth changes. One way to tackle this problem is by using open shelving.

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In our showroom, open shelves open up a corner and offer a great spot for displaying and storing dishes.

Another great application of open shelving can be to nest them right into the surrounding cabinetry, giving a purposed layered look and keeping oft-used items at the ready!

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This is an example of nesting shelves, offering a layered look. Photo by Dura Supreme.

Dura Supreme offers floating shelves in varying depths, lengths and thicknesses to fit into almost any space. Also, Dura Supreme has loose shelving that can be paired with any of our corbels.

Shelves can be ordered in any type of wood and in dozens of finishes (stain, paint, patina, weathered, etc.) to totally customize the look. So, next time you are looking for some functionality in a challenging space, or looking for a way to bring a little extra character into a room, don’t forget about the hard-working open shelf!

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Create A Home Office That Works For You And Your Style

Having a home office can be convenient for catching up on work at home, paying bills and staying on track with your calendar. However, you may think you don’t have room in your house for a home office. Don’t despair! We can help you carve out a corner and make it stylish at the same time!

The kitchen can be a place to create a nook where you can keep your laptop, organize bills and set up a family calendar. Dura Supreme offers kitchen office cabinetry, so a desk can be incorporated under cabinets, or in a separate area such as under a window or in the breakfast nook.

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This home office is part of a kitchen design that includes a window seat and breakfast nook. Lots of natural light is an important part of this design, but make sure to include lighting around the desk for cloudy days or late night sessions. Photo by Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

This office spot has a window to let in the sunshine, with lights on either side for further illumination, and one wall for personal photos or inspirational quotes. The drawers and cabinets offer plenty of space for storage.

Items to consider when creating a home office:

  • Think about what kind of desk you like, whether you are fine with a compact space, or enjoy more room to spread out. Desks can be created with a slab of wood, a recycled door, or counter-top material.
  • A supportive, comfortable chair. Even if you don’t plan to spend a ton of time in this space, you want to be comfortable and have a chair that works for the space. You can get an ergonomic chair from an office store or pick a chair that works for the height of the desk.
  • Storage options. Use cabinetry or file cabinets to store documents and files. There are even specialized drawers for printers and keyboards, so you can just pull them out when you are using them and then push them back in when you are done, so they are stored out of the way. Other options include hanging items vertically, to create a wall with folders or floating shelves to store items. On the shelves, you can use baskets or small containers to store different items.

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    Design a home office to reflect your taste and personality.
  • Open wall space or bulletin board for creating a calendar, saving notes or reminders and inspiration. There are plenty of examples on Pinterest of different ideas for family calendars, inspirational walls, or using vertical files to organize mail. If you work from home, you can keep track of appointments or create a goal wall. Some ideas include using a chalkboard wall to create lists, or a magnet wall to post items.
  • Lighting, outlets and charging station. Include good lighting over your desk, so even if it isn’t near a window you will have plenty of light. Make sure you have nearby outlets or charging station for your computer, a printer, cell phone, and any other items you may need to charge.

A home office can go in a guest room, bedroom or even a family room as well, with a corner desk or as part of a wall of shelves. In this example, designed by Holzman Interiors, the desk is tucked into the corner as part of an overall design with shelves and storage. Track lighting helps brighten the space, and floating shelves can hold family photos. The keyboard slides out and can be easily put away. Nearby bookshelves can be used for storage as well.

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This family room, designed by Holzman Interiors, includes a corner desk and lots of shelving. A low-traffic area can be a great place to create a work space. Floating shelves offer vertical space to display or organize items. Track lighting keeps it bright in a potentially dark corner.

Other unique ideas include using a bar cart as a rolling desk to organize files, books and pens and pencils. This can be rolled out while in use and then rolled into a corner when not being used. There also are plenty of design ideas for turning a closet into an office space with shelves and a desk.

Contact Holzman Interiors for a free design consultation. Get creative with your office space and it will get you inspired!