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When his new condo didn’t have enough storage, he came up with a smart solution.
Photograph by Scott Suchman.

When Bobby Gignilliat moved into a one-bedroom condo on Capitol Hill, the only storage was a small hall closet and a walk-in bedroom closet.

Lack of storage was only one issue: He also couldn’t figure out the living room.

“My sister has a master’s degree in architecture, so I was constantly bouncing ideas off of her,” says Gignilliat, 28, an engineer. “I mentioned that I was thinking about getting some modular cabinets—from Ikea’s kitchen department—to use as a TV stand and to contain all the electronics. My idea was to build the cabinets under the single window on the right. She suggested that I run cabinets all the way across the room and not worry about giving up a bit of floor space. She was right.”

Gignilliat put legs under the 24-inch-deep cabinets—they’re freestanding, not attached to a wall—and topped them with Ikea kitchen countertops. He estimates that the project cost $400 to $500. Says Gignilliat: “The finished product gives the clean look I was going for, a ton of storage, and extra seating for when I have friends over.”

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Sherri Dalphonse joined Washingtonian in 1986. She is the editor in charge of such consumer topics as travel, fitness, health, finance, and beauty, as well as the editor who handles such cover stories as Great Places to Work, Best of Washington, Day Trips, Hidden Gems, Bikes and Hikes, Fairs and Festivals, Great Small Towns, and the Washington Bucket List. She lives in Arlington.