I have seen something in some homes that I would like to put into my
home, but I don't know what they are called, so finding out
information about them is all but impossible.
I have mostly seen them in stairwells. They are usually about 3 feet
high by 2 feet wide, usually oval and are mounted into the wall
(recessed). They are meant to hold flowers, or decorative pieces such
If anybody has any idea what I am talking about, can you let me know
what they are called (how to describe them better)... or even better
would be if you know some online resources where I can find
information about buying / installing them.
Sorry about the vague description.
They are called niches or nooks. I believe there is another name
for them, but I can't recall it right now. They are not really
something that would be bought and installed. They are more built
on site and trimmed out.
I saw them at the recent HomeBuilders convention in Las Vegas. They are
available now in forms that are made out of sheet metal that is notched, and
fits to the drywall like corner bead, but with longer legs. Cut the rough
opening in for the insert to go into. Nail some backing in, put in the
insert, and mud over the exposed parts. Most of the ones I saw were for
arched doorways, but they had them in niches, too. Don't recall the
manufacturer's name, but they were in the North hall.
Sounds to me you're just looking for a niche. As long as it's on an
interior wall, it's built like a built-in medicine cabinet - between the
studs. Let your imagination run amok. I've seen some beautiful ones and
some real hacks. Buying or making the trim surround is the major difficulty
This is what I heard as what it called and why it is put in stairwells.
Traditionally it was made out of plaster and called a coffin corner. Before
funeral homes, viewings were held in the deceased family's home. The
coffin corner allowed you to carry the coffin up and down the steps.
As for where to get them now. Today they are made out of urethane foam and
are in the architectural millwork of your home center. If they don't have
them in stock, there should be some way to order them.
I also found this site.
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