15 stylish alcove shelving ideas perfect for awkward spaces in your home

If you want to maximize space in your home, you can consider the benefits of alcove shelving. From the bedroom and living room to the foyer and kitchen, there are many styles of niches and nooks to consider. Often presented as floating shelves in a partially enclosed space, alcove shelves can sometimes appear with an arched aesthetic or possibly a more symmetrical design. According to Designing Buildings, an alcove is a recessed space that has been used in various ways throughout architectural history, for example, the Romans commonly displayed busts, sculptures, and statues in hollowed-out coves.

What kind of space do you need to expand? You can use an alcove to increase storage space for books, collectibles, decor, or other useful items that require easy access. You can install alcoves and/or built-in shelves to add depth to various areas of your home. Feature floating wooden shelves in the middle of an alcove to add rustic charm to a neutral palette, or choose a monochromatic color scheme on multi-layered shelves for a more modern appeal.

Bathroom notch

Bathrooms can be limited in terms of space, especially hallway bathrooms or wet rooms. With the toilet, shower, bath and sink taking up a lot of the room, you may need a place for extra toiletries. The alcove pictured above features a marble shelf with a complementary tile backsplash and is ideal for daily essentials like soap and lotion.

Corridor corners

Since entryways and foyers are often places of transition, they are a great place to incorporate additional recesses for everyday items. The two built-in shelves pictured above are dazzling white to offset the dark wood floor and bench.

Walk-in pantry

The kitchen pantry is the perfect space for your daily cooking needs. This open-concept pantry is tucked into the corner of the kitchen and features tiered shelving that can accommodate bins, dishes, glasses, packaged foods, and other kitchen necessities.

Kitchen alcove

When cooking, the area where the stove or stove is is a place where you might spend a lot of time. If there is enough space, you can install an alcove here, like the one pictured above. In the nook is a great place to store your baking and cooking essentials while keeping them close at hand.

Recessed lighting

Display your valuables or essentials in specially designed niches with recessed lighting. As pictured above, the captivating alcoves are illuminated and suitable for displaying artwork, sculpture or other focal points.

Comfortable workspace

Set up an office or work space in an alcove. You can establish an alcove work area in built-in cabinets like the one pictured above. Here there is efficient shelving space located above the wooden desk and a peg-shaped back panel for basic office items.

dream enclave

The bedroom is the ultimate place to be reclusive. As a cozy enclave, you can place the bed in an alcove like the one in the picture above. With the triangular opening right in the center, this nursery features a corner specially designed to encompass a bed with convenient shelves on both sides.

Noble bookcase

Alcove shelving can be installed in small, unobtrusive nooks or large stacked areas with multiple shelving spaces. Pictured here is a beautiful bookcase built into an A-frame. The room is furnished with a contemporary style desk and chairs.

laundry cove

From folding clothes to storing cleaning supplies, your laundry room may need versatile storage space. The large utility room shown above offers cabinets for sorting and storage, as well as open-air alcove shelving to the right where baskets, towels and other essentials are conveniently located.

Modern built-in closet

Closets are the perfect place for storage and limitless shelving options. From clothes and shoes to seasonal accessories, organization is crucial. This contemporary setup appears recessed into the wall for fluid function. Simple and minimal, the modern alcove closet includes various shelves for containers, hats, shoes, and scarves.

Urban style

Living in the city can make renovation projects more difficult with limited overall space. Why not utilize the wall space by installing alcove shelves in the wall like the loft-style apartment pictured above? Amidst the brick walls, easily accessible bookshelves in the living room look both harmonious and stylish.

Glassware showroom

The dining room is a great place to display your glassware while providing easy access for entertaining. In the photo above, an elegant dining room has several alcove shelves. Various goblets and glasses are displayed behind protective glass.

Various traditional alcoves

Need more than one alcove? Pictured is a modern yet classic living room that features a variety of alcove shelving. Although they come in different sizes, all shelves have a matching arched top, which complements the piece and provides plenty of storage and display options.

Entertainment entrance

If you want your entertainment space to stay organized yet somewhat understated, you can place items in a custom epicenter. Here, the TV is positioned in the middle of the room and tucked into its own private niche amidst the high bookshelves and fireplace.

Shelves in wooden alcove

Like a classic alcove, you can incorporate wooden shelves. Whether light and rustic or dark and contemporary, wood block shelving lends a layer of depth and sophistication to your bookcases and storage spaces. As pictured above, dark brown twin cabinets are paired with elongated shelves and a matching coffee table.