Off the Beaten Path: Delightful Alcove Spaces

My favourite place to see the hustle and bustle at New York’s Grand Central Station is from one of the staircase overlooking the main concourse. From that vantage point I get to be a component of all the activity in that fantastic space while being secure along the periphery.

Whether for artwork, a mattress, a chair, a bathtub or any other reason, alcoves offer those special spaces that provide us a place to rest, recharge and get “away.” Sometimes these spaces are carved from leftover spaces, like the bottom of a roof at a Cape Cod styled house. Sometimes these are “located” spaces like reusing the region below the stairway. And sometimes these are bump-outs inserted to provide a space for a precious work of art.

CBI Design Professionals, Inc..

An alcove at the stair landing gives a great place to sit down in the sunshine and watch the world go by both inside and out. Along with the alcove’s strategic placement centered on the flight of steps extends the space of the stairway into the exterior.

Bravehart Design Build

Built to hold a favourite sculpture, this alcove adds interest and light to the room. By extending the space of the “hallway” involving the eating, kitchen and sitting areas of the larger area, the alcove provides definition and differentiation to every operational area. And it is no accident that the shape of the alcove produces a house for the sculpture within the larger house.

CG&S Design-Build

A location for the bed is carved from the leftover space below roof, whereas the eyebrow dormer adds joyous light to this bedroom. In a child’s room, placing the mattress in the alcove frees the major area for drama.

Another mattress tucked away in an alcove made by both the architecture (the roof structure and window) of the room, in addition to the built-ins that offer just the ideal number of extra thickness to nestle the mattress set up.

Moon Design + Build

The little desk at the alcove produces a secret place to hide for the lucky owner of the bedroom.

Charlie & Co.. Design, Ltd

Following is a gorgeous place to sit down and wait for this individual to come downstairs and join you.

Priester’s Custom Contracting, LLC

Found space in an upstairs hallway now serves as a cozy reading and napping nook.

Ana Williamson Architect

This alcove is a perch. Built for a small child, another place to see the world go by, curl up with a book or take a nap. Certainly a nice location for a time out.

Here’s an office space carved from the walls with only enough room for the principles to keep everyone in the know.


Our best friends deserve alcoves too. And certainly an alcove they can call their very own situated close to the kitchen which makes it all the better.

Glenvale Kitchens

Like a big, bright, red bit of sculpture, the Aga stove sits at its alcove in this classic kitchen design.

Studio William Hefner

An outdoor alcove carved from the space below the stair provides a bit of shelter and fantastic place to take a nap.

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