This wall niche is both practical and beautiful, and it’s surprisingly easy to build and install. In a bathroom, it makes a great place for keeping toiletries, toothbrushes and beauty essentials handy, or put it in the kitchen for keeping storage jars and spice containers. It also works well in the bedroom or living room as a way to highlight photos or mementos.
The oak frame is built first, and finished with stain. (Choose pine if you’d like to save some money.) Then, it fits neatly into a stud wall. See our comprehensive guide to cutting into drywall. As well as basic tools, you’ll need a circular or table saw, a miter saw, a router and a dry wall saw. A brad gun makes nailing easier.