Make use of small spaces in your home by creating a cozy nook for working, studying or just relaxing. A walk-in closet, a corner of the basement or the unused space beneath the stairs can become your haven with a little preparation and minimal expense.
Start by cleaning and painting your nook. Scrub the walls and floors and find a space for any objects that may be languishing in your nook collecting dust. As you clean, consider the amount of furniture you can move into the space while still keeping it usable. Some nooks have room for a small couch or futon, while others can hold only a meditation cushion and small vase of flowers. Remember that this is an extra space just for you and should not become one more room you have to worry about cleaning.
Make the most of wall space, hanging shelves rather than placing them on the floor. Cover the floor with a small rug to make the space cozier and more inviting. Consider using cushions for seating that can be put away after use, perhaps in a small steamer trunk.
If you have room in your nook for larger furniture, look for modular items such as an easy chair that folds out into an extra twin bed for when company comes. Nesting tables store easily but expand to create space for craft or children's projects. Look for furniture that doubles as storage space, such as an ottoman with a removable top cushion.
Separate your nook from the rest of your home with a curtain or folding screen. Wire curtain rods can be mounted to the inside of a doorway, allowing you to easily slide the curtain open and closed. Replacing the door of a walk-in closet with pretty fabric can make a tiny space feel more open and inviting.
Once appointed with the appropriate furniture and accessories, your cozy nook will be the perfect retreat.