This Multi-Use Costco Shelf Is Perfect For Small Spaces

This Multi-Use Costco Shelf Is Perfect For Small Spaces

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If your space is on the smaller side, it’s likely that you’re often on the hunt for the best tips and tricks to make the most of your small area. From decorating narrow rooms to utilizing the space you do have with double-duty products, maximizing your space is key. Living in a small home, one of the best things you can do is fill it with pieces that serve multiple functions, reducing visual clutter and making do with the limited room you do have.

Don’t know where to start? Enter: Costco.

In a recent post shared by popular Costco Instagrammer @costcobuys, all small space dilemmas may just have been solved by one super affordable item.

This multi-use wall shelf, which has garnered plenty of attention, is an extremely versatile piece and is ideal for any room in the house, from bathrooms and entryways to offices and garages. The sleek and modern design will blend seamlessly with any existing decor and the 48.5lbs weight limit makes for a durable product that is sure to stand the test of time.

With six coat hooks and four stainless steel cross bars, the shelf is an easy way to organize multiple household items in one convenient space. Place in your entryway and use the hooks to hang coats and bags, or use it in the bathroom as a place to hold and store towels and toiletries.

Instagram users have been loving the shelf, flocking to the comments to share their thoughts on the practical piece.

“I’m using it in my laundry room to air dry delicates, store hangers, steam out wrinkles by hanging on it… so many uses.” one person commented, while another one said: “I don’t need it, but I want it. Especially for the price!”

Speaking of the price, the multi-use shelf is an absolute steal, retailing for $18.99.

If you want to take your organization to the next level but can’t get to a Costco store in person, you’re in luck. You can also buy the shelf on the Costco website, but it’ll cost you that bit more, retailing for $26.99 online.

Before and After: A Blah Bonus Room Becomes a Teen Dream Hangout

Before and After: A Blah Bonus Room Becomes a Teen Dream Hangout

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The sky’s the limit for bonus rooms, if you’re lucky enough to have one. Decorating them often calls for an extra dose of creativity, and sometimes that means calling in some reinforcements, namely a pro designer. That’s exactly why homeowner Ellen McCue teamed up with Fiona Leonard of Fiona Leonard Interiors on this lounge-like hangout for her two teen sons.

“This was a third floor space with wall to wall carpet, a lone 3D printer, some random shelves, and abandoned Legos,” says Leonard of the area before, which just wasn’t being used to its full potential. “With all the time spent at home during COVID, my client’s teenagers were starting to take over a grown-up hang out space, so we figured why not reinvent this space for them.”

With an open staircase leading right into the room, the space boasted ample square footage but had no real delineation of space. So Leonard and McCue decided to create smaller zones within the layout: an area for TV watching, eating, and even putting — yes, as in mini-golf (the family actually had a small putting mat in this room already)! “We decided the space would feel better sectioned off into two spaces,” says Leonard. They hired a contractor to build a new wall separating the room into two, with a fun barn door connecting the individual spaces. One side of the floor would serve as a gaming zone with the aforementioned putting green and a foosball table, while the other side would be reserved for Netflix and snacking.

No matter the area, they’d use the same moody, cozy color scheme they zeroed in on to keep everything cohesive: earthy browns and lush greens, with Benjamin Moore’s Cushing Green (HC-125) setting the tone on all most of the walls and ceiling, with white for some visual relief and a thick stripe of Benjamin Moore’s Yellow Finch (2024-40) adding contrast throughout the space. “Stick to a limited palette to avoid over clutter and visual stimulation,” Leonard recommends. 

With those colors — and the comfort of the teen boys — in mind, they began furnishing each zone to function optimally. For the TV area, they brought in key anchor pieces, a set of caramel leather lounge chairs and a modular PB Teen sectional in teddy bear-colored faux fur, which fills the space nicely and provides plenty of seating for hangouts.

On the adjacent wall, after school snacking gets lifted to an art form with a simple but well-stocked kitchenette consisting of an open shelf and counter combination and a mini-refrigerator, microwave, and custom base cabinets that feature a pull-out candy drawer. There’s even a small live-edge bar setup with stools for sitting. Even if you can’t spring for custom cabinetry, you can still use baskets to corral favorite chips and clear canisters for bulk candy, as Leonard did. It’s all about keeping everything organized, at the ready, and colorized where you can. 

Directly opposite the kitchenette at the other end of the home is that putting green turf, which backs up to a gallery wall full of family photos and artwork. You can order this on Amazon, and all you really need is enough space to roll it out. Across from that is the foosball table, rounding out the gaming zone of the space. 

Though the space looks drastically different from its original state, some things did stay the same, namely the wall-to-wall carpeting. “My client decided she didn’t want to replace it, so we worked around it,” says Leonard of the beige carpeting. “A compromise was to add some tile by the kitchenette.” They also layered faux brown-and-cream hide rugs on top to zhuzh it up on the cheap. “In the end, we were both happy we kept the carpet,” says Leonard. “Not only is it forgiving, but it also helps with soundproofing.”

The project took two months from concept to completion, and now the new and improved bonus room’s pretty much the high note of the home, particularly for the kids. “This space has become a cozy retreat for all,” says Leonard. After all, you can’t go wrong with a candy drawer, beverage fridge, and lots of games, especially when it comes to teens. 

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9 Stylish Ways to Decorate the Space Above Your Couch

9 Stylish Ways to Decorate the Space Above Your Couch

The wall above your sofa is brimming with design potential, and it just takes a little imagination to reach it. Gallery wall? Geometric painted designs? Or maybe a fabric wall hanging? To inspire your own decorating endeavors, check out the nine living rooms from our home tours below with interesting things above the couch. From art arrangements to floating shelves, there’s a look for everyone.

This Philadelphia home has pictures covering the entire wall above the living room sofa, and it makes a statement to say the least. We love the vintage feel of the chosen art.

Why waste your time wallpapering when you can employ one large-scale work of art instead? Take a cue from Dee Speed’s New Orleans’ home and hang a colorful painting or print above your sofa to make a big impact in your living room.

Looking for a renter-friendly way to make a statement behind your sofa? Propped up vintage art, like this vignette we spotted in Mila Moraga-Holz’s Los Angeles abode, is every bit as eye-catching as framed art—no hammer or nails necessary.

If you thought oversized mirrors were reserved for bedrooms then think again. Not only does a large mirror above your sofa look super chic, it helps create the illusion of more space in a small living room, just like what we saw in this eclectic apartment.

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Sure, decorative items look great above your couch, but have you ever considered the storage opportunity that wall offers? A sturdy floating shelf, like the one we saw in Jasna’s Canadian living room, helps anchor the empty area above your sofa, while also offering up some unexpected storage space.

5. An Interesting Textile

Whether it’s a rug, woven wall hanging, or a good old-fashioned tapestry, hang a unique textile above your couch to create a layered look in your living room, just like we saw in Breeze Giannasio’s Washington, D.C. home.

Searching for something a little more functional to fill the space above your sofa? Follow in Zeba Blay’s footsteps and employ a sleek floor lamp to center your couch and create some ambient lighting, like she did in her New Jersey rental.

Forget your boring old art prints and paintings. A handful of decorative objects, like the celestial metal sculptures Amelia Nicholas mounted above the sofa in her New York City apartment, offer a surprising spin on traditional living room art.

No Headboard, No Problem: 7 Other Ideas for Framing a Bed

No Headboard, No Problem: 7 Other Ideas for Framing a Bed

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Headboards can be a boon to a bedroom, creating a focal point and even adding a storage spot for books. But they’ve got downsides: They can be expensive to buy, and the DIY route requires a time commitment.  
For those who are decorating on a budget, or who just want to try something a little off the beaten path, there are alternatives to headboards to help make the space above your bed eye-catching. Here are seven ideas.

Duvet Cover-Turned-Headboard

You read that right: This is actually a duvet cover from H&M Home that has been turned into a beautiful headboard. Amara mounted it onto a piece of vinyl and painted the surrounding walls navy for a high-end look.

Try painting a half circle on your wall in a bright hue to replace a headboard, as seen in Trish Martin’s home

How about hanging a massive piece of art behind your bed in place of a headboard? This idea looks stunning in Tracey Hairston’s home.

Try painting a rectangular headboard, as seen on Mille M2. It’s a great way to define your bed, and doesn’t take up any space at all.

Serving Platters Repurposed 

Check out how El Ramla Hamra repurposed oversized serving platters by mounting them to the wall to serve as a headboard. Unconventional, yes, but also very beautiful.

If you look closely you’ll notice that the bed in this bedroom from Femina actually does have a headboard, but that doesn’t mean this gallery wall, with the painted backdrop behind, wouldn’t work equally well as a defining element for a bed without a headboard.

This bedroom from Planete Deco actually makes use of a door as a headboard. How crafty!

Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann

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Here are 28 Different (Stylish) Ways to Cover Your Windows

Here are 28 Different (Stylish) Ways to Cover Your Windows

You may not think much about what’s covering your windows until the blaring sun wakes you up in the morning. After that, you’ll never forget about them again.

Curtains, roller shades, and more not only help you get more shut-eye, but can also add some flair to any room. For example, faux silk or velvet panels that pool on the floor can come off glam and posh, while a simple bamboo roller shade feels boho or coastal.
Below, 28 ideas to consider when it comes time dress up your windows, whether youbuy your treatments or go the DIY route.

Pro tip: Adding sheers behind your curtains makes any space look more high end. We love the neutral hues of the window coverings in this Barcelona apartment

Try spanning a curtain rod across the length of an entire wall and hanging it higher than your windows. This offers a high-end look and makes your space feel bigger, as seen in this Brooklyn studio apartment

4. Curtains for Multiple Windows

Bay windows like the one here in Bonnie and Per’s San Francisco home can be tricky to outfit with coverings, since it feels like you need so many panels. Just bring in the softness of draperies by flanking the set of windows with a pair of curtains instead.

Wide Roman shades are the ideal solution for covering up your windows when you might be dealing with awkward lengths due to low storage. The owners of this Berkley, California, home went with a light off-white similar to their walls so light could still get through while keeping the room private.

6. Roman Shades for French Doors

Similar to the previous solution, Roman shades can also work for French doors (and smaller windows without much clearance on the sides for rods or drapery hardware). It’s a super clean look (that worked great in this coastal Newport Beach home).

Kitchens can be a bit of a disaster zone at times, with sauces accidentally flying everywhere and rogue grease splatters (oh, is that just me?), so curtains aren’t exactly a recipe for cleanliness and success. Take a cue from the NYC home of Sarah Jacobson, which employed a bamboo Roman shade on the kitchen window instead of drapes.

In a mostly neutral room (with the exception of a killer rug, of course), a splash of deep gem-like emerald on the curtains really draws in any greenery from the outdoors (especially helpful in a Nordic environment like the one this Swedish home is set in).

Make a large window appear even dreamier by pulling back your curtain panels to introduce a bit of a drape (it doesn’t hurt that this home looks out to Valencia, Spain, of course). It softens the whole room.

In some rooms, it’s a crime to block soft, warm light from streaming in just so. In these instances, as in this LA studio, sheer panels keep that sweet, sweet light flowing during all daylight hours.

For a full look, space out panels between windows. Sheers, like the ones in wedding photographer Anna Zajac’s Chicago home, keep things light and wispy.

12. Employ a Track System

Do you have some windows or sliding glass doors that go just about all the way up to the ceiling? Try curtains hung via a track system (affixed to your ceiling as seen in this home) so you’re not dealing with any weird gapes.

Lots and lots of windows need lots and lots of draperies and curtain hardware (if you’re attempting to cover them, that is). A way to keep it all looking tidy (and generally, a more affordable option) is to install Roman shades instead (they save the day again!).

Similar to Romans but generally less expensive and more modern looking, roller shades come in a bunch of different widths (some sites let you customize exactly what you need, in fact — a good option for a homeowner), colors and opacities. Sarah’s shades are pretty sheer, but rest assured there are many, many options out there.

Buying a colorful sofa can be pretty scary (#commitment). A less semi-permanent decision if you like color? Curtains. Pull a hue from the rug in the room (or throw pillows and other decor), and use it as a solid on your windows. It’ll give you the pop you’re looking for without the fear of fatigue (after all, panels are far cheaper to change out than a sectional).

Of course if you’re the fearless decorator, a bold pattern (rather than a solid) is a great way to make a splash. One tip though is to bring in some black and white. The zebra rug in this room might draw a lot of attention because of its motif, but the neutral colors kind of ground all the other elements in the space.

Not to sound like a broken record but…Roman shades (again, sorry!). Here, they work great to block light from coming in through small windows (because of TV glare likely) without having to unnecessarily be tucked between the sofa and the wall as drapes would be.

We already talked about curtains affixed to a track on the ceiling, but a double track will get you that layered look loved by designers. It’s not just lush looking, but also really functional. A sheer layer lets in light but keeps things at least a little more private, while a thicker layer blocks out light entirely.

We’ve heard it said that some people don’t love curtains because they look stuffy and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way! We’re not trying to twist your arm or anything, but here’s an idea from a super charming South Caroline home: match the color of your drapes to your wall so they blend in seamlessly. This works particularly well in white and cream rooms.

A similar approach but with a bit more contrast: Curtains like these that are close in color to the wall (particularly in a darker hue) from the sill down keep things grounded, but a lighter shade on the upper part of the panel helps the room to remain open feeling.

Stash this away as a fun DIY to do one weekend: Dip died curtains look fresh, boho-inspired and add an element of the unexpected to a room.

Bamboo roller shades are inexpensive yet add so much texture to a room. They’re also a great way to inject some earthiness to a room with lighter colors and something like a floral wallpaper.

It’s not always ideal to put a key piece of furniture (like this piano) up against a large window, but if you have to do it, a nice way to frame it out is with curtain panels.

The tone-on-tone look isn’t for everybody, but if it’s for you, take inspiration from this blogger’s Michigan dining room. Having curtains with just a bit of a pattern (instead of a solid in the same hue as your walls), helps to bring a little texture to the room.

In a room with ornate ceilings and stunning floors (not to mention the chandelier!), you want to avoid stealing too much attention away with something like draperies (there’s a time and place for that, people). Here, the curtains serve the function of providing privacy more so than adding substantial style to the room.

26. Bamboo Shades + Sheers

Here’s a layered look that works great in a bedroom: layered roller bamboo shade + sheer(ish) panels.

Need to put your bed up against a window but don’t want to deal with dusty blinds? You guessed it…try a Roman shade (ahh the versatility!).

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Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann

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Allie M. Harper is a writer living in Philadelphia. She has an unhealthy obsession with antique Persian rugs and anything that even resembles the color mint.