Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

Back when we were planning our kitchen remodel, we wanted to pack as much character as we could into our little space.

We weren’t opening up walls or relocating them or adding on, so any space or character we added had to be within the existing structure.

One of the decisions we made was to soften the shape of two small doorways that led into our kitchen. Changing them from regular squared openings to arched openings brought more cottage character into our home.

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

Our little galley kitchen originally had THREE doorways. Not ideal in such a small space, but they all made sense and were helpful so they all stayed. (You can see our original floor plan above if it helps to make sense of the space!).

If we were going to have that many doorways in one little kitchen, we thought they should at least be a deliberate design feature.

The two interior openings weren’t bad as they were, they were just … well, their impact wasn’t anything to write home about. We couldn’t make the openings larger, so our options for redesign were limited!

Because our house overlooks the sea (Puget Sound), we decided a couple of simple arched doorways would suit the coastal cottage feel.

The arches would then be repeated in several design elements around the home (our round kitchen window, the two arched openings, the molding on our interior doors throughout the house, as well as on outdoor gates).

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

The exterior door (on the left in the above photo of our kitchen) went from looking like what I thought of as a jail cell door, to one that has a much more friendly personality…a.k.a. our Dutch door.

Below is the new arched doorway between the kitchen and the hall! As you can see, the previous opening had a door on it which made the small hall extra crowded and awkward. Removing the unnecessary door made a huge difference in how the space feels. The gentle arched top gives the opening more shape and character!

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

The arches transformed the look of the kitchen, dining room and hallway, so we got a big bang for the buck! Now these spaces all feel more interesting, inviting and special. The arches also brought a sense of height to the rooms, which feels nice with our cozier ceiling height.

Now, I know some people want to REMOVE their arches to have squared off doorways, and that’s cool, too.

But if you are an arched door lover like I am and wish you had them in your home, I thought I’d let you know it is possible to make the change!

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

See the full hallway makeover details and sources HERE.

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

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My York Pottery Barn White Slipcovered Sofa – FAQ

My York Pottery Barn White Slipcovered Sofa - FAQ

I‘ve had my for about eight months now. You might recall that I had a similar sofa with the same fabric slipcover years ago, so I was confident when purchasing this one that I would love it. And I do! Ours is called the York, you can find the model and sale code .

Since I get a lot of questions about it, I thought it was high time I do a little update to answer some FAQ!

What are the benefits of a bench seat?

I personally love the bench style seat. It makes it extra comfortable as an extra bed or nap spot! And if you have a lot of people needing to squish onto the sofa at one time, no one has to sit on (or avoid falling in) the crack.

My York Pottery Barn White Slipcovered Sofa - FAQ

Is the deep seat comfortable?

Our family is on the “smaller side” but we all find it very comfy. You will likely want to put some pillows behind your back unless you are super long-legged! But that’s one of the things I love about the sofa. It’s the kind of sofa you want to curl up on, so I think the depth makes it all the more cozy and inviting.

How do you like the denim slipcover?

The main reason I chose this fabric was due to the quality and ease of maintenance. Ours is the Warm White Denim and the color is lovely–a soft white (not cream!). Our last white sofa had this same slipcover so I was confident in this decision before I even got it! It is still so soft, durable and machine washable.

My York Pottery Barn White Slipcovered Sofa - FAQ

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How do you keep it clean?

Just as I remember, it has been very easy to keep clean in between washings. But I actually have not yet washed our new slipcovers in the machine. So far I’ve just spot cleaned as needed, for in-between washings I use Thieves Household Cleaner. You can get it as a Young Living member, one of many reasons I highly recommend the membership. It cleans just about everything!

Unlike my experience with IKEA slipcovers, this denim fabric is so much softer to the touch, and it doesn’t attract as much hair or fuzz. I remember loving that the denim didn’t get as wrinkled after I would wash it, either! I will just take the covers out of the dryer and put them back on before they are completely dry.

My York Pottery Barn White Slipcovered Sofa - FAQ

How does it hold up to your dogs?

It’s a white sofa, so it doesn’t hide everything. But that’s one of the things I love about it. I like my sofa to be clean, so trying to hid dirt or gross messes isn’t really my intention. I’d rather just do the spot cleaning when I see a need.

If you have a dark haired dog you might prefer a darker couch, but our dogs don’t shed so that really isn’t an issue for us. The machine washable slipcovers do make it easier to keep feeling fresh, though. No white fabric is ever “no maintenance” so that’s something to keep in mind.

My York Pottery Barn White Slipcovered Sofa - FAQ

When my dogs were puppies I gave up and got (above)–which like my white one, is also 25% off!

I’ve tried to uphold a no dog on the white sofa rule in this house, but Jack chooses to defy my rules. He still leaps up here on occasion, tosses the throw pillows on the flow and tries to dig the fluff out of the seat. But so far, I’m happy to report there has been no lasting damage!

(Read more about how we keep our house clean with dogs here).

My York Pottery Barn White Slipcovered Sofa - FAQ

All things considered, I still find it quite easy to keep this sofa clean and I’m still very happy with it!

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