Turning dead space into a piano nook
When a house is only 1100sqft, you can't afford to waste space. When we moved in, there was a dead space in the middle of the house -- a 10'x12' area facing the front door that wasn't quite a hallway, entryway, or room. I wanted to put this space to work.
What we started with
The house came with narrow, decorative shelving with track lighting. It was a good start, but I thought we could do more with the space. Here are some before images, with the previous owner's staged furniture:
I wanted to repurpose the space to serve three functions: a piano nook, front hall closet, and general storage space. To do all three, I wanted closed shelving around the piano. I couldn't find too many examples of this online, but I loved these:
Megan Bachmann designed a cabinet to fit around our piano, which Bachmann Woodworking built for us custom. It cost way more than I expected (and took longer, too), but the craftsmanship is top-notch. They spent two days installing it around our uneven floors and walls, which makes it really feel like part of the house.
The finished piano nook
Here's the finished product -- a multi-tasking area with space for my beloved piano.
And for funsies, here are some shots of the details in the space.