16 Fireplace Alcove Ideas to Make use of Awkward Spaces

a taupe living room with built-in alcove storage
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Without making use of fireplace alcove ideas, this space can be easily wasted, whether it's a fireplace in a living room, bedroom or any other room in the house. The fact that fireplace alcoves are usually small nooks has both benefits and drawbacks when it comes to designing something into them. 

On the one hand, alcoves give your room some structure and create an area for built-in storage, but on the other, alcoves are often too small to fit key pieces of furniture, like armchairs, affecting the potential layout options of your room. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.