Good space costs too much money to waste – but bad space can be made better, too. Byproducts of home remodeling or artifacts of upper-level condo construction, unusable corners and awkward ceiling angles may be more workable than they first appear.
Bartels Doors sells all kinds of doors, but some of their most interesting offerings are in the forms of partitions, pockets and other sliding space dividers that hang on walls or slot into hiding places.
Many of these address common-but-uncomfortable conditions, like a vent hood that would otherwise block kitchen cabinets or the interior angle between open areas. If they are a bit expensive to purchase for most homes, they at least suggest good do-it-yourself strategies for those so inclined.
Others are just clever ways to make a door more than just a door – a window panel, for instance, lets you look in on one selected shelf of books for easy reference and a touch of decor, while mirrored panels (with optional flat-screen TVs) may make a bedroom feel more spacious and open.