Smart Storage Solution for Small Spaces: The Fauxdenza

Smart Storage Solution for Small Spaces: The Fauxdenza

Lauren Zerbey
Sep 1, 2011

We don't know who first came up with the idea to use IKEA kitchen wall cabinets for a floating credenza, but the trend is certainly growing. Coined by Anna of Door Sixteen, the "fauxdenza" is a clever solution for small spaces, often providing ample storage for a fraction of what a real credenza would cost. Need a DIY project for the holiday weekend? Here are ten examples to get you motivated!

Over the last month, we've talked about the importance of a landing strip in the Slow Home. Even though this solution works well in many areas of the home, the fauxdenza is a perfect way to provide both storage and shallow counter space for keys, mail and other small items in narrow or awkard entryways.

If you're wondering if this is something you could tackle in your own home, keep in mind that many of these DIYers had to overcome wonky walls, finicky plaster and other challenges - so hang in there (and stock up on shims)!


1. Morgan of The Brick House recently blew us all away with her elegant take on the floating credenza. Ten feet in length, the unit is comprised of four Akurum units, topped with a piece of Afrormosia (a durable but less expensive alternative to teak). Morgan opted not to install handles or door pulls since the bottom door edges are easy to grab onto.
2. This House Tour on Apartment Therapy featured one of the earliest fauxdenzas back in 2006. Instead of a countertop, Andreas used books and other deco to hide the joints between cabinets.
3. Jesse and Whitney Chamberlin shared their budget-friendly credenza on Design*Sponge a while back. They chose slightly deeper units which turned out to be perfect for storing records!
4. In her tiny NYC apartment, Anna of Door Sixteen installed three taller cabinets and topped them off with an inexpensive piece of pine from a local home improvement store.
5. To provide much needed storage and double as a stair guardrail in our small 800 SF home, we too went the fauxdenza route. The cabinets are mounted to a short stud wall and wrapped in vertical grain fir boards and a white laminate countertop. The toe kick cleverly hides a return grill for our forced-air heating system.


6. Inspired by Andreas' loft, Sarah Coffey showed readers on Apartment Therapy how to assemble your own floating credenza.
7. Found on IKEA's interior design blog, LIVET HEMMA, this painted version is a playful one-eighty from the mostly all-white examples we've seen thus far.
8. Apartment Therapy reader Alison installed her white fauxdenza against a brightly-colored wall, providing the same amount of storage without the visual bulkiness of her previous dresser.
9. Moving outside the living areas, Matt of Wood&Faulk used three Akurum units with a beautiful walnut top to add extra storage and counter space to his tiny galley kitchen.
10. Finally, Mac at Strewth Tiger shows that the floating cabinets work well in a more traditional home too.

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