Sunday, August 11, 2013

50 Great Ideas for Built-Ins

Hi there!

I adore built-ins and am always on the lookout for some cool ideas we can make ourselves.  I've been collecting lots of great ideas on Pinterest here and here and I thought I'd share some of them.

The good news is, you can make a whole wall of built-ins, sure, but many of these ideas are great for smaller spaces and nooks.  I tried to include some for many different areas of the home too.  Enjoy!


Bookcase & Shelving Wall Ideas

All White...

Before & After: Built ins
From Erin Vale Design

As seen on All Natural and Good
Perfect #bookshelf #styling
Corner built-ins | via Mackenzie Horan

Basement Entertainment Center
Dreamy!  | via Sawdust Girl

And with color pops...
DIY floor-to-ceiling wall-to-wall bookshelves from Billy Bookcases
 Ikea Billy Bookcases @ Just a Girl

Light and neutral living room with a great striped rug.
Found at Rooms for Rent

White built-in media center backed with grasscloth, pink chinoise sofas, mik gray club chairs | Betsy Burnham
Beadboard chic found on Decor Pad
built-in bookcase
From Emily Clark

Daring dark...  Isn't this just so sophisticated? 

rich + dramatic - fab ceiling
via Houzz

This makes me think of my Dad, who had a dark chocolate-brown office when I was growing up.  It was so warm and classy, I loved going there.  I'm pretty sure the giant fishbowl of Peanut M&Ms wasn't part of that at all.

On another note, grasscloth wallpaper is one of my favorite things ever.  Look how pretty:
ahhh symmetry...  If your living room area is small, placing club chairs in a circle is a great way to utilize and maximize the space.
Via Houzz
I also love how each time I saw the photo above I assumed there was a fireplace in the center, but it's actually a piano!  It's the symmetry that makes walls like this have such huge impact...  not necessarily the item in the middle.  This opens up so many possibilities!



My DIY Built-In Bookcase Wall Is Finished!!  (Before  After)
With a wooden top | From Addicted 2 Decorating


Shelving Built Around Doors


"Slivers of Space Storage" - often overlooked areas of the house with storage possibilities
Seen in BHG

How to Build a Bookcase: Step-by-Step Woodworking Plans
Seen on Popular Mechanics

Bookcase surrounding a door
From Kelly Rae Roberts
A Defined Entry - I love built in bookcases!  This is a dream! #built_in #entry
As seen in BHG



Built-Ins Around Windows & Window Seats

Bookshelves and window seat. love it
From Artisan Custom Bookcases
Gorgeous Window Seat/lighting
From Visualize Us

You don't need to a have a giant window...  Check out how cozy this is:
love this- who cares if you don't have a bay window, make a window seat anyways!
Find the plans for this here at PlansNow



Dining Room & Kitchen Ideas


small kitchen built-ins | TerraCotta Properties
From Decor Pad


Love this petite styled built-in desk unit. Perfect for a small space!
built-in #bookcases
From Atlanta Homes Magazine

DIY Dining room built-in buffet. This blogger is one of the most AMAZING carpenters I have ever met. You should see the closet she built! @Sandra Pendle Powell {Sawdust Girl}
Seen on Sawdust Girl


Bedroom Ideas


Built-ins in the bedroom & space-saving wall lamps.
From Decor Pad


built-ins with desk & pinboard
From EM Design Interiors
#built-in bed and shelving, pull-out trundle bed or more storage -- want it!!
Built-in trundle bed, nightstand and shelves | From Houzz



Built-Ins for Closet Storage


These are tricked-out Ikea Pax units!

IKEA cabinets turned custom
From Ronces Reno Diary

Easy "Custom" Closet idea...add a few Ikea shelves and shower curtain rods!!
From Houzz


In the Home Office


A Stylish Home Office | Desk + French Doors
From Bright Bold & Beautiful


work area for kitchen w/ storage. would be nice to use for paying bills, etc
From Houzz

Here's a perfect little built-in desk nook:

This could work in a bedroom and double the size for two kids or two adults to have their own desks side by side.  DIY bookshelf desk
From Iowa Girl Eats
Corner Desks - his and hers. I LOVE THIS!
From Houzz

We totally want his-and-her desk space like this in our shared office.  It's on our to-do list!  They even have a little spot designated for the printer.  Man, they thought of everything!

Or how about this little space?  Using every square inch.  Genius.

corner home office nook.  yes.
  via Houzz.


Built-In Storage Benches


window seat + shutters
From BHG

McArthur Homes Blog - Utah Homes
From McArthur Homes


We made this built-in banquette storage bench for our dining room.  This room also incorporates some tricked-out Ikea Billy bookcases that we made faux built-ins with.  Check it out!

Made by Yours Truly, ZenShmen :)

spaces for #built_in benches

You can make a window-seat / bench from stock cabinets. (The ones that go over the fridge.)  Great idea!

Build a window seat from wall cabinets. Clever!
Learn how to make this on the DIY Network




Unconventional Built-In Storage Ideas


How about storage on and in the stairs!  So cool.

Cool staircase built-in shelving
From Open Deco (in Spanish)

How about a bookcase instead of open railing?  I love this idea:

{Bookshelf instead of open railing}
Via Houzz

under stair storage - great remodel project - so clever !
As seen on Stair Storage Co.

More unconventional ideas:

Making the most of a sliver of space.  This one's only 6 inches wide!

Got 6" of space? Create a sliding pantry!
Seen on I Heart Organizing

The best idea I've seen for camouflaging a basement support pole.

#Basement - shelves around support poles.  clever.
Shelves around basement support poles | via Sawdust Girl

How cool is this?  You can replace a regular door with a bookcase door:

Replace a closet door with a bookcase door.
From Hidden Passages


Dreamy Mudrooms

Come on, fess up:  do you also long for a big huge area you can turn into a proper mudroom?

diy mudroom lockers & bench
As seen on That's My Letter
Wow.  This one's great!

From The Charming Nest

Okay hold the phone -- I'm in love with this one below, made from two Hemnes Ikea TV consoles.

The bench is made from two Hemnes TV consoles from IKEA (about $150 each) and some pine boards, stained to make the wooden top complete tutorial
From The Charming Nest


Built-Ins for Playrooms, Hallways & More

#diy builtins
Source: That's My Letter

These are just perfect for a dead-end hallway.  They're also beautifully styled - it helps to have a few beautiful items and uncluttered open spaces.  Now I just need a collection of turquoise books...

Lovely #built-in shelves
From Loft & Cottage

Oh, how I heart these beautiful shelves.  I could stare at them all day.  And they have birds on them.  Do I even need to tell you how much I love birds?

cool geometric bookshelf
Via Michelle Workman Interiors

Okay fine, one last one.  These aren't built-ins, but they might as well be.  Swoon!

Blue glass + thrift store accessories - great space !
From BHG

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  15. I have been wanting to include built ins into my family living space for a while...this is just the incentive I needed to get started with my project. They're a beautiful way to turn an ordinary space into a lavish one. Thank you for compiling so many examples and ideas into one place and sharing it.

    1. Hi Amelia,

      thanks for sharing your thoughts! I completely agree that built-ins tend to elevate an ordinary space into something special. I'm so glad you found some inspiration here! Be well,



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