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Storage  /  November 16, 2021

Kelwona Home Renovations: What To Do With The Space Behind Your Sofa

console table behind sofa

When you live in a small space, you may be willing to try every design hack to make it look bigger than it actually is. One trick that designers are always telling their small-space clients to do is pull their sofas away from the walls. This strategy is all well and good until homeowners realize one thing — that their behind-the-sofa spaces look incomplete, or maybe downright ridiculous, with nothing to tie them into the rest of the room. Before you begin to rearrange your furniture again, try one of these four behind-the-sofa solutions. As a team that specializes in storage solutions in Kelowna, we can help maximize every square inch of your home, even those many people tend to overlook.

1. Increase Your Seating Space With a Storage Bench

If your sofa separates your living room from your kitchen or your family room from your entryway, consider adding a storage bench to increase your seating and storage capacity. Such a bench will provide the perfect place to perch when putting on your or your children’s shoes in the morning. If the bench faces the kitchen or dining room, it can serve as a place for guests to lounge as you prepare dinner, or as extra seating for your dining table.

A tufted or upholstered bench can add a touch of elegance without detracting from the warmth of your home. Additional storage within can store blankets, shoes, games or other commonly used items that, when out and about, make your space look cluttered.

2. Create a Home Office by Adding a Desk

Whether you’re working from home now more often than not or are tired of having homework and bills cluttering up your dining table, consider turning your behind-the-sofa space into a productivity station. Find a desk that is only just slightly deeper than a console table, as you don’t want anything too bulky jutting out into the room. However, bear in mind that most console tables are several inches taller than a standard desk. You want a table that is at or close to desk height to ensure maximum comfort.

3. Go Traditional With a Console Table

Before you balk at the notion of doing something as old-school as putting a console table behind your sofa, consider why generations before you have done this very thing. It adds style and grace to a room while giving you extra storage and display space.

Console tables have come a long way from the bulky wooden lacquered pieces of the 70s and 80s. Today, you can find a table to meet just about any style you’re going for, from contemporary to rustic, and from fresh country to coastal. If you’re tight on storage, or if you just want the back of your couch to be another place to display your treasures, look into tables with open shelving. If the idea of cleaning yet another shelving unit sounds like too much to bear, consider a unit with sliding doors to hide utility items within.

4. Back Some Other Seating Up to Your Sofa

What better way to make use of the empty space behind your couch than by creating another seating area? Butt two armchairs up against the back of the sofa and place a small end table between them. This setup creates an intimate area secluded from the main living space to which you can retreat on nights and weekends. When you have guests over, rearrange the room to incorporate the chairs into the main space.

Regardless of what you plan to do with the area behind your couch, consider hiring Handyman Connection to make the most of your spaces, big or small. We specialize in storage solutions in Kelowna and are excited at the opportunity to put our carpentry services to work for you. Submit a contact form to schedule your free estimate today.

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