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How to Design an Interior of a Quonset Home

Originally mass produced during World War II, Quonset huts provided quick shelter for troops. Easily assembled, these huts proved to be durable and comfortable. As stated by George A. Fuller Co.: "A night gale of hurricane proportion that wrecked shipping in the harbor, tossed crumpled PBYs on the beach like paper hats, and ripped the covering completely off of many British Nissen huts, left the Quonset huts practically undamaged." After the cessation of the war, Quonset huts transitioned from military base to suburban home. Many families redesigned the interior and made these sturdy metal dwellings their permanent address.

Floor Plan

Step 1

Draft a floor plan for your home. Create walls just tall enough to divide the different rooms without reaching up to the arched ceiling, preserving the open feeling. Avoid doors for the same reason, except when necessary for privacy purposes.

Step 2

Design a loft area to make better use of the high arch. Use this space for bedrooms or extra storage, depending on the square footage. Add a spiral staircase for an economic use of space.

Step 3

Work with the unique architecture and create multiple skylights. Take advantage of the natural light and position the skylights over key rooms of the home.

Finishing Touches

Step 1

Add closets, cubbyholes and bookshelves to the sides of the Quonset home to make clever use of the otherwise wasted space. Place a small sitting area under the spiral staircase or cubbyholes for books and art.

Step 2

Install dark wood flooring or tile with a few strategic area rugs to making your lofty space cozier. Paint light colors on the main arch and contrast with darker colors on the added room walls.

Step 3

Position two ceiling fans for optimal air circulation while at the same time lowering the elevated ceiling. Paint a mural on the dome to personalize and add artistic flair to your home.

About the Author

Liza R. McDaniel is a private-school teacher who has been writing and editing since 2000, when she was first published in "A Celebration of Poets." She specializes writing in interior design-related articles for eHow. McDaniel holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Carlow University.