Thursday, November 10, 2011

Built-In Storage Ideas

Why Choose Built-ins?

Storage is a common problem for most homeowners, but with effective and clever built-ins, organization is a no-brainer. Because built-ins are custom-made for each space, they maximize every square inch of your home. They can turn empty, unused space into hardworking home offices, drawers, shelves, or even entertainment centers. Essentially, built-in storage units can add hundreds of square feet to your home without the need for renovations. 

Modern Bedroom Built-in

A complete bed and storage unit comes standard in this master bedroom. A platform, cabinets, and plenty of drawers make this hard-working bed a built-in masterpiece.

A Day in Their Shoes

This floor-to-ceiling shoe shelf hides neatly behind double doors. The white shelves reflect light into the dark cubbies, making every pair easy to see.

Deep Drawers

In this cheery yellow mudroom, deep built-in drawers provide easy storage, and a countertop is the perfect surface for sorting mail and folding laundry.

Crooked Nook

Irregularly shaped walls and nooks can become functional spaces with a little creativity and a set of built-in bookshelves.

Wash and Wear

By adding a countertop and cabinets, this small nook becomes a fully-functioning laundry room. Even though the space is designed for utility, bright egg-shell paint and banister spindles bring in a bit of personality.

Workspace Wonder

Modular, built-in shelving, an ample work surface, and clean-lined cabinets keep everything organized in this study.

Organized Office

With the clean design of these custom cabinets and drawers, staying organized and concealing mess are not a problem.

Now You See Them ...

We love the idea of appliance hideaways, like these tucked behind sleek, ebony-stained oak cabinets.

Front Row Seat

Window seats aren’t standard in most kitchens, but this little nook makes a perfect perch for prep-time conversations.

Closet Office

By installing a few shelves into an unused closet, you can create a perfect home office. The best part about this small space? Folding doors close to conceal your workstation.

Bedroom Breakfast Spot

This clever bar is tucked into a master suite closet. Outfitted with an espresso machine, the spot offers the ultimate breakfast-in-bed treatment.

Double Duty Playroom

A built-in daybed (sized to fit two twin mattresses) makes a comfy sofa in this kids' playroom and also doubles as extra sleeping for guests or slumber parties. Wood paneling mimics the shape of a traditional sofa, complete with arms and a high back. 

Small Service

Utilize every sliver of your kitchen. Here, a pullout pantry transforms an awkward 8-inch space into useful storage.

Modular Miracle

Ready-made shelving makes this closet a hardworking space with a pullout shoe rack and plenty of drawers and shelves.


Step Up

For the little ones in your life, reaching the sink can be a daily test. This clever kids’ bathroom has a stool built into the drawers.

Cozy Nook

Architectural elements add charm to any space, and this built-in seat highlights the beautiful arch above. Lantern sconces and storage bins make this nook feel like a cocoon.

Organization Wall

This custom panel provides hooks for storage and a neatly integrated bench.

Built-in Drop Spot

An entryway bench lends extra storage and character. Laundry baskets underneath hold towels or toys, and the addition can multitask as a handy seat or shelf for backpacks, groceries, or boxes.

Deserted Island

A permanent island wouldn’t fit in this long, narrow kitchen. Instead, a rolling custom cabinet adds stowaway utility.

Custom Buffet

This hardworking buffet provides storage for silver and dishware, plus two display cases for treasured collectibles.

Open Shelving

Cabinets often frame windows, but in this kitchen, shelves span the opening, which backlights the green and turquoise glasses.

Wall of Books

Books of all shapes and sizes complement the simple, sleek architecture of this custom bookshelf.

Open Door

The door to this closet once opened into the room, taking up valuable floor space. By taking off the door and adding a few shelves and simple trim work, this former trouble-spot becomes a studious workspace. A curtain made from hemstitched cotton twin sheets hides a metal filing cabinet below. 


Family Nook

In this cozy dining nook, leather benches and beaded-board accents lend cottage charm.

Cottage Parlor

Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with contrasting interiors accentuate the high ceilings in this cottage parlor.

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