We all have one — a weird corner that you don’t quite know what to do with. When you try, it either looks like a cluttered, half-thought-out mess– or when it’s bare, you can’t help but think of the wasted space. We’ve totally been there. But with these clever ways to use corner space, you’re sure to come up with a brilliant idea for your odd corner. Turn it into a prime spot for toys, create seating, or add shelving. The world is your corner! Once you’re done with your corners, here’s how to best use your space in the linen closet.

collage 15 ways to use corner space from bins, to shelves and desks

How to Better Use Corner Space In Your Home

1. Tiered Floating Shelves to Spruce Up a Corner

Add floating shelves to an empty corner to house books, flowers, and framed photos. Your shelves can even be different sizes, but see the ones in the photo? They all have a lip around the outside edge, so you don’t have to worry about your stuff falling off, onto the floor. Decide how much space you want between each shelf and the order you want them displayed, because it’s YOUR space to make your own. These shelves are not only gorgeous, but the design is amazing, as well.

3 wood floating shelves in a corner with plants and a wooden box on top

2. Organize Your Pantry With a Lazy Susan

How about those corners in the pantry? Is your pantry a jumbled, chaotic mess, making it hard to find anything? If you have a tough time getting to all your canned goods, try Lazy Susans on each shelf, instead. It makes a world of difference. You will easily see all your cans with just a twirl! It also gives you a lot more cabinet space so that you can store more pantry items neatly.

 a lazy susan, floor to ceiling inside a pantry with canned goods on it

3. Great Way to Use Corner Space – Stuffed Animal Zoo

Get your kids’ bedrooms organized with stuffed animal zoos in the corner. I don’t know how many times I’ve gone into my child’s room, and couldn’t find the floor because the stuffed animals were everywhere. When you ask them to clean their room, do they even know where to put all the animals? I know mine never did, until I found the perfect solution. This is a great way to corral them, especially if your child is getting older, but still playing with them once in a while.

use corner space with a diy corner cage for kids stuffed animals with a little girl playing with a stuffed animal on the floor in front

4. Genius Corner Desk

A corner desk is a genius idea… It’s like having two desks in one! How cool is that? And the floating corner shelves above the desk add storage without cluttering up the desktop. This would make a great DIY project, and it gives you extra office space at the same time. We could all use a little office area to call our own–for working from home, or just doing household bills.

corner desk with a chair and wood shelves above it in the corner

5. This Sink May Be the Best Use of Corner Space In the Kitchen

Have you ever wondered what on earth to do with an awkward corner in your kitchen? We love this corner kitchen sink! The double windows and the corner shelf above them make the corner look quaint and beautiful. Plus, you don’t have to worry about dead space because this corner sink idea is a great solution. I only wish I had thought of this sooner!

a corner sink and a window above it to the right

6. DIY Kitchen Corner Drawers – Amazing!

If you’re not a fan of Lazy Susans, consider replacing your corner cabinet with DIY kitchen corner drawers. Aren’t they magnificent? Last fall, we remodeled our kitchen without a corner cabinet because I hate dead space and didn’t want a Lazy Susan. I wish I had known about this option at that time… I would love having extra drawers in my kitchen!

 3 diy corner drawers, outside faces of the drawers turn inward, storing silverware, and other kitchen items

7. Turn An Old Door Into a Stunning Corner Shelf

Turn an old door into a shelf for the corner! This tutorial is for a regular door, but an old bi-fold door would be even easier. Then, add shelves to the center of it, and you have an elegant focal point in your room. You can put things on the shelves, like books, flowers, bowls, or candles. Isn’t this just beautiful?

old door painted blue and turned into a corner shelf with things on the shelfs like a vase, books, and flowers

More Ways to Use Corner Space in Your Home

8. Creative DIY Lazy Susan

I love how a Lazy Susan can transform the dead space in the back of a corner into something usable! This would work inside one of your cabinets, in a hard-to-reach area, as well. What a super cool idea, and you probably already have all the supplies you’ll need:

  • Two round 8 or 9 inch shallow baking pans
  • A few bags of marbles (enough to cover the bottom of one of the pans)
  • Items you want to add to your DIY Lazy Susan

What a clever way to make a Lazy Susan!


9. Shelves and Lockers for the Corners in Your Mudroom

This mudroom makes excellent use of corner space. With shelves, lockers, and more, there’s enough storage for everyone’s things. What a cool way to transform a mudroom so everything stays neat and tidy. I love how this blends in with the door and contrasts with the wall color. What a gorgeous room this turned out to be!

Mudroom with added lockers and shelves on either side of the door in the middle. taking up both corners in the room

10. Fun Corner Space Use – DIY Desk and Shelving for a Kid’s Room

What an excellent way to make use of corner space in a child’s room! Here, a desk is built right into the corner with floating corner shelves above it. The shelves can be used for storing different items, or maybe even for a small laundry basket. There’s plenty of room to decorate the walls with things like a pencil holder, a calendar, or a picture. Slide a chair underneath, and it’s perfect for any kid’s room!

little girls desk built right into the corner with shelving above and a white chair too.

11. Full-Length Mirror in the Corner

Live in an apartment or dorm where you can’t put holes in the wall? I’ve been there. Try this instead! Add a crate, mirror, and a pretty vase of flowers to the corner. This is a simple idea that gives your corner space an elegant look, while still remaining functional.

full length mirror in the corner sitting on a white crate with a vase of white flowers in front of it

12. Magazine Holder Into a Catchall Shelf

Create an easy-peasy corner shelf with a simple wooden magazine holder. It can serve as a catchall for the remote, magazines, and those other odds and ends that clutter the surfaces in your living room. Just flip it on its side, and attach it to the empty corner you want to transform. I never thought to repurpose something like an old magazine holder, but I’m currently on the hunt for one to use in one of my corners. Isn’t this the coolest idea?!

wooden magazine holder flipped sideways and attached to a corner as a catch all shelf
Wooden magazine holder into a catchall shelf from Design Sponge

13. DIY Corner Bench Doubles As Storage

A corner bench doubles as storage and seating, and who couldn’t use more of both? Although something like this is available at Pottery Barn, you can DIY it for way cheaper. The seats flip up for extra storage–how cool is that? Decorate it any way you like!

large DIY corner bench with seats that flip up for storage.

14. Create a Corner Command Center

Are you tired of tripping on piles of belongings all over your house that just clutter the place up? Here’s a solution that will help, while at the same time, transforming an empty corner into something useful. Turn an unused corner into a family command center complete with a pencil holder, file slots, message boards, and more. You can really customize this to your family’s needs and preferences by adding other items like mail slots, a calendar, a menu, a whiteboard, or a key holder. What items would be most useful for YOUR family?

corner command center with message boards, desktop, file boxes, etc.

15. Dress-Up Corner for Fun Playtime

Does your little one love to dress up and play pretend? Add this dress-up corner to hang all those extra outfits that won’t fit in the closet or drawers. You can even make this more fun by adding creative stuff like curtains, a microphone, maybe an MP3 player, and some chairs. This would be a great place for little ones to put on plays and invite the family to come to the show! I can see my littles spending hours here.

dress up corner with curtains hung from ceiling and a dress up box on the outside with little clothes in it. microphone in the middle too and small chairs.

Bonus Creative Corner Space Use

16. BONUS: Custom Built Cabinet for Storage

This custom-built corner storage unit keeps clutter at bay in the entryway. This is so beautiful and it’s a great way to keep things organized as you come in the front door. There’s shelving throughout this DIY storage unit, including smaller (upper) cabinets at the top (with doors) to keep some things tucked away nicely. This storage unit would actually look good in other rooms, too, like in the bedroom, living room, or even the office. What a gorgeous piece of furniture to add to your home decor!

white corner storage area in the entryway, with baskets, cabinets and a hanging area

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collage with, corner desk, corner drawers, and stuffed animal storage

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  1. We moved into an older home a few years ago and have been remodeling ever since. Figuring out what to do with a corner space has been an unexpected challenge in a home built in the 60s. Thanks for the tips!

  2. We have the most awkward corner space in our office, but I love these ideas for making better use of it. I might build a little desk in there and give myself more space for creating and crafting!

  3. I’ve never quite figured out what to do with a corner space in my entryway; but I am really liking that family command center idea!

  4. I love all of these corner space ideas. The family command center is such a great idea, with our life getting busier it would be nice to have it all in once place!

  5. I’ve been trying to figure out how to best use a corner space in our homeschool room. The corner desk with corner shelves above it is perfect!

  6. My apartment is SO small! If I can figure out how to smartly utilize all of my corner space, it will make it seem bigger than it is. Thank you for the ideas!

  7. I have been wanting to figure out how to use the corner space in my kitchen for a long time. I never would have thought about kitchen corner drawers but now they are definitely on my project list.