Home- and apartment-hunting is full of compromises: You may have to adjust your exacting preferences around price and location, or overlook a few nonsensical design details—all in the name of finding a home that suits you. The Home52 contributor who learned to love the shower in her kitchen leaps to mind, but it’s more likely than not that your new home will have a few nooks and crannies that don’t come with a clear intended purpose. Maybe there’s one behind your kitchen cabinets; or perhaps there’s an odd open corner in your recently renovated bathroom.
Some might think they’re strange, but we’d prefer to say they add character and stir up creativity. Besides, even if it’s unclear how or why these little spaces came to be, there’s no reason why you can’t make good use of them now.