Teen Room


hampering their clothes, but not their style…

a private organizational tool…

a space to stow books and bags…

with plenty of room for self-expression.



a) Abundant shelves, rods, drawers, baskets and hooks make it easy to put stuff away.
b) Display favorite instruments, skateboards or sports equipment—and keep them off the ground.
c) Incorporate a station for homework and projects with deep drawers for past assignments and personal momentos—for teens, privacy is precious.
d) Make room for media—and the players and speakers that bring it to life.
e) Leave space for artwork, posters and other self-expressions.



an extension of your kitchen…

a place for all your platters…

a spot for Mom’s preserves…

with plenty of room to expand your menu.


a) Entertain your taste for wine, your love for hosting parties, with racks that cradle bottles and delicate stemware.
b) Lighten the load in your kitchen by incorporating small appliances—coffee pot, bean grinder, toaster—in the pantry.
c) Consider a built-in nook for recycling bins.
d) Corner shelves make room for large and oddly-shaped items.
e) Save wide spaces for bulky items by creating slender storage slots to separate rolls of foil and parchment, and protect platters and trays.
f) Glide-out shelves allow you to access the deepest parts of your pantry.
g) Baskets are perfect for rounding up piles of produce— tomatoes, potatoes—and even extra grocery bags.



a central station for your family…

a streamlined morning departure…

a place to shed coats and boots…

with plenty of room for the spoils of a major shopping trip.


a) Welcome each member of the family with a personal locker and cubbies for hats and accessories.

b) Aerate damp mittens and gloves with wire baskets.
c) Benches allow you to take a seat or set down shopping bags while shedding shoes.
d) Hooks hold up backpacks, tote bags, purses and scarves.
e) Stow slippers and wet shoes to keep them off the floor in this high-traffic area.
f) Create a cell-phone charging station near an outlet.

Master Closet

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VIP treatment for tops, trousers and tennis shoes…

a way to see it all before suiting up…

a peaceful place to start your day…

with plenty of room to expand your look.


a) Avoid a shoe pileup on the floor by placing shoes neatly along a fence or rack.
b) An island packs piles of things and provides a surface for folding, sorting or sipping coffee.
c) Alternate hanging and shelving sections to ease sorting and access.
d) Separate and protect jewelry in velvet-lined trays tucked inside shallow drawers.
e) Indulge in a vanity, display space and even a bench to make this your morning retreat.
f) Tall enclaves accomodate dresses and double-rows of shirts, slacks and skirts. Add interest with glass doors and crown molding.



a triage for your lights and darks…a depot for detergents…an answer to your pressing needs (and folding and hanging)…

with plenty of room to wash with care.


a) Include workspace for folding, flat-drying and stain removal.
b) Wire baskets permit air-flow needed for ventilation and drying—and permit you to see what you’ve stored.
c) Conceal stronger cleansers out of the sight and reach of younger children.
d) Lined, divided baskets hold and hide sorted laundry until you’re ready to do the next load of lights or darks.
e) Rods and shelves array garments awaiting a press or hand-wash.
f) A fold-out ironing board is easily pressed into service, but saves space when not in use.


Home Office


a home base for work and homework…

a hideout for mail and bills…

a fortress for your finances…

with plenty of room to stretch your legs.

a) Work the walls with shelved cabinets that round up books, binders and photo albums.
b) Make way for technology. Will it be a stationary monitor and PCU or a laptop used in multiple places? How will you connect to power and the web?
c) Consider everyone and every way to use the space: homework, bill-paying, online shopping, work brought home. This may affect your choice of seating, worksurface height and storage.
d) Make an office at home anywhere by choosing styles and finishes that complement your décor.
e) Don’t discount diplay: the photos and artwork that inspire you… and the reminder tools (tack board, marker board) that keep you on-task.
f) Warehouse your waste basket, recycle box and paper shredder within easy reach.
g) Augment any natural light with tasklighting for your primary work area.

Hobby Area


a nook where you nurture your creative side…

a cache for your collections…

your holiday workshop…

with plenty of room to step back and admire your work.


a) If more than one person will work here at a time, consider a worksurface approachable from at least two sides.
b) Integrate power access to operate a sewing machine, glue gun or other electricity-using tool.

c) A fold-out wing expands the work surface and disappears when not in use.

d) Chairs and stools that tuck out of the way make it easier to move around the space.
e) Fill shelves with folded fabric, how-to books, albums—or add a basket to gather loose materials.
Hobby Area Organization
f) Use rods and racks to round up rolls of ribbon, fabric and wrapping paper.
Hobby Area Organization
g) Establish a hierarchy for materials and tools. Which are needed most often? Which would display attractively? Place items used most frequently in areas easiest

Guest Area


a welcome rest for Aunt Martha…a hideout for linens and luggage…an open and shut accommodation….

with plenty of space by day for work, crafts, you name it.


a) Incorporate lighting for reading in bed and outlets for charging cell phones, cameras, etc.
b) Enclosed spaces make room for your stuff without cluttering your guest’s experience.
c) Fold out a wallbed for a welcome that doesn’t wear out a multipurpose space.
d) Provide a pull-out surface where your guest can jot notes, consult maps or get work done.
e) Invite guests to hang up their things with a closet, valet rod or hooks.



an entry to your home…

a workshop for your tools…

a shelter for your gear…

with plenty of space for parking the car.


a) Slotted walls keep often-used tools, toys and supplies off the floor and provide easy access.
b) Drawers and doors of various sizes enclose and disguise an assortment of stuff.
c) Garden grower? Wood worker? Grease monkey? Outfit your garage with a station that suits your passion.
d) Elevated storage protects against moisture damage from spills, rain or snow melt.
e) Ease the indoor-outdoor transition with spots for shoes and boots and a place to set groceries. Lower cubbies allow kids to reach their toys and gear.

Entertainment Center


a gathering place for readers and game-players…

a home for gadgets, games and albums…

a stylish structure for your creative outlets…

with plenty of room for family and friends.

a) Include architectural elements to add interest or complement current décor.
b) Allow room around speakers to maximize sound quality.
c) Present favorite pages on a tilted magazine shelf.
d) Consider power and cable connections.
e) Doors and drawers can hide and organize media, games and remotes.