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Filling ‘Awkward’ Floor Spaces

How to fill a so-called “awkward” floor space is a challenge faced in nearly every home and the answer is almost never the same. The same helpful way to get to the answer, however, can be applied to most any awkward space. There are several things to consider before deciding on the perfect way to address a weird space and the order in which these issues are addressed can often lead to a “better” answer than just wedging something in there. So, in order from most to least important … <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>1.       </strong><strong>Rearrange before Adding Change</strong></li> </ol> The laws of physics dictate that more stuff equals less space, so you should first make sure that a winning game of furniture Tetris doesn’t solve your problem. That said, physics also tells us that a round peg won’t fit into a square hole, so don’t break your brain trying to do the impossible. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>2.      </strong><strong>Form vs. Function</strong></li> </ol> Once you decide that furniture rearrangement is out and that the space does not otherwise serve a purpose by being left empty, it’s time to think about utility. Consider where the space is located and whether something useful <em>and</em> attractive could be placed there, as opposed to a merely decorative item. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>3.      </strong><strong>Meticulous Measurement  </strong></li> </ol> This seems pretty obvious, but sometimes measuring a space can lead to clues and ideas about what to put in it. Besides, what looks like 12 inches may actually be more or less, and it’s better to have that information before your dreams are dashed by dimensions. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>4.      </strong><strong>Seamless Style</strong></li> </ol> It's possible to draw <em>even more</em> attention to an awkward space by filling it with something equally awkward, and there’s nothing wrong with that if it’s your intention. Alternatively, items with complementing styles and colors can help join the space with the rest of the room. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>5.      </strong><strong>Keeping It Clean</strong></li> </ol> Finally, keep in mind that whatever you put there will probably require more maintenance than the nothing that occupied the space before it. It’s not a huge concern, but you may grow to miss the quick pass-through with the broom once the (fill in the blank) is installed. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> welcomes you to share how you fill the empty, awkward spaces – especially if it’s with a good joke.
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