Utilizing Vertical Space with Open Shelving

One of the small space design tips I’ve been trying to stick to is maximizing the usage of vertical space.  These Sloan units from Crate and Barrel are the perfect vertical space “utilizer” for our dining room.  The shelves provide tons of storage (see closeup below, I’m actually storing my serving plates and bowls on the left shelf) but the open backs don’t visually close the walls in.  The room maintains an air of openness despite the storage space the Sloan bookshelf and wine bar has created.  I also love that the series has many options for versatility.  In a future move, we could join the units together, or purchase a desk unit and use the bookshelf for books, or make a large wine bar unit, or start building an entertainment center unit… the options are endless.

I hate the idea of buying furniture for a specific place in the house (commitment phobe?)  It’s all about versatility.

Side note for those who are fabric lovers: the fabric for the table runner is Alexander Henry Mocca in White.

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