When I think of cubbies, I think of school. You know, the mail box cubbies kids put their homework in, those cubbies. But, I also think of cubicles or small, portioned out spaces. Technically cubbies are

  • any of a group of small boxlike enclosures or compartments, open at the front, in which children can keep their belongings, as at a nursery school.

My definition wasn’t too far off.

However, the term cubbie can be generously applied to utilizing small spaces in a home for better efficiency. Case in point: Architect Ted Seggerman modified a New York anthropologist’s 240-square foot apartment on the Upper West Side and crafted, or squeezed, more space using nooks, cubbies, and creative ideas to make the place functional.

Okay, so 240-square-feet is small, but it’s New York and the Upper West side is quite nice, albeit expensive. Working with the space that was available, the outcome is impressive. Using built in furniture design to accommodate all the books and belongings, Seggerman did a superb job. See more photos over at Dwell:

Photo from Treehugger.com. This library nook is adorable. Luckily the anthropologist is flexible.
Photo from Treehugger.com. This library nook is adorable. Luckily the anthropologist is flexible.

Could your place use cubbies to expand the space you’ve got?

3 Comments

  1. I have a plan to buy some attractive cubes, stick them on top of tall bookcases to store more books-attractively. I am obsessed with attractive organizing (don’t tell anyone 🙂 ).

    • @Barb – I love the wicker baskets that fit neatly into bookcases. So easy to appear organized, if only my desk would cooperate.

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