If you live in an older home or have a basement, the odds are fairly decent that you have a support column or two in the middle of an otherwise open space, particularly if you want a more open concept layout.
You may know that support columns can generally be replaced by steel support beams. But what if you want to spare that cost? Are there ways to incorporate columns into your design without having it look like a column?
One solution is to create shelving, either around the support column or between multiple columns. By finishing the column in the same material as the shelving, it visually disappears, even if you know it’s still there.
Build around the column to create a dividing wall, even if only partial, between distinct spaces.
Being larger than the supporting column itself, a wall is the perfect place to bury electrical, create some storage, or even place your fireplace or television.
Add vertical interest to your room and tie elements together to create better visual flow.
Make it a focal point by transforming it into seating.
Rather than designing custom cabinetry around support columns, design your cabinetry so that it looks like the columns have been intentionally added to enhance the overall function and aesthetic.
No matter what you decide, do not let a column stop you from making the most of a space.