Home Improvement Ideas for Unexpected Spaces


Not all good things come in big packages, and home upgrades are one example. Small, unexpected spaces may not receive the same attention as high-traffic areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and living areas, but their impact can be just as powerful.

Here are some decorating tips from Wellborn Cabinet Inc. to inspire you to make improvements to less used areas of your home:


It’s the impression that welcomes guests into your home, so even if the space is small, your entryway deserves some attention. Focus on making it open and inviting by removing any unnecessary furniture. Some functional storage, like a bench with built-in coat hooks, can serve practical purposes, and if you have the space, some built-in cabinets with an eye-catching countertop can incorporate stylish storage.

laundry room

It’s easy to get motivated to do chores like laundry when you have a beautiful setting to get to work.

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It’s easy to get motivated to do chores like laundry when you have a beautiful setting to get to work. Introducing pops of color in non-traditional places, like cabinetry, adds an upscale elegance. Water and earth inspired shades like Midtown Matte Tidewater or Arcadia Chiffon Cypress are perfect for the laundry area. Concealed hinges with self-closing functionality and matching interiors provide an upscale look, even when the doors are open.


A cluttered closet might not be the first thing a customer notices, but it’s a space you visit daily. Improving organizational characteristics can streamline your morning routine and put you in a more positive frame of mind to start each day. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to closet design, but using cabinets instead of open shelves and rods gives a more luxurious feel. Provide adequate overhead and closed storage, and if space permits, provide shoes and accessories, as these items can easily contribute to clutter in a closet.

Mini bar

If you’re worried about not having room for a minibar, you might be surprised. Reinventing a pantry cabinet can create an instant bar out of any wall space where you can install a cabinet. Set it up as a coffee bar or traditional bar, or add a pull-out appliance shelf for added versatility.


Guests may not find themselves in your pantry very often, but you probably use this space every day. Transform your pantry for added utility in simple ways, such as using clear plastic bins for small boxed foods or stylish wicker baskets to hide snacks. For a more permanent solution, take advantage of the unused space at the back of the pantry door with thin shelves for items like seasoning packets and small canned goods.

Guest bathroom

Swapping out a tired vanity and countertop is a relatively affordable upgrade that can completely change the look of a secondary bathroom. Also be sure to update the light fixtures for a more contemporary look and, if the budget allows, replace the flooring. Finish the project with a fresh coat of paint in a light, airy shade and add new textiles and a few decorative touches to finish the job.

Hidden storage spaces

Hidden storage spaces can add to the space without interrupting the design aesthetic.

Hidden storage spaces can add to the space without interrupting the design aesthetic.

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One feature that improves almost any space is more storage. Having convenient places to put your stuff makes rooms feel more open and welcoming. Hidden storage solutions are often better because you can enjoy the functionality they add to the space without interrupting the aesthetics of your design.

Here are some ideas for keeping necessary items hidden but close at hand:

Integrated stepladder: If you love the look of tall cabinets but struggle to reach the upper shelves, a handy addition is a step stool hidden in a pull-out cart. Specially designed ladders that fold down extra narrow and feature non-slip rubber steps make this a handy addition you’ll reach for again and again.

Paper towel extraction: Keep paper towels hidden but close by hiding them in a pull-out cabinet that includes a built-in paper towel holder and a lower shelf ideal for organizing cleaning supplies. The space behind the paper towels is perfect for storing sponges and other kitchen supplies.

Drawer dividers: While you can find plenty of aftermarket options for organizing the insides of your drawers and cabinets, choosing organizers designed to work seamlessly with your cabinets creates a neater look (and saves you the hassle of measuring and estimating). adjustment). Tray dividers are useful for sorting cookie sheets and baking pans, while you can find dividers of different heights to match drawers under the oven or where you store your cutlery. Pegs serve a similar purpose, preventing fragile items from shifting when drawers are opened or closed.

Find more ideas for updating unexpected spaces in your home at wellborn.com. ◆


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