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.
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.
Though this dining room is hardly big enough for a table and four chairs, sleek, glass-front built-in shelves and drawers make use of the space underneath the windows.
Bookshelves take advantage of the high ceilings in this kids' bunk room. Installing built-ins on an unused wall, such as one with a door to the bathroom, creates plenty of organization options without cluttering the space with clunky storage furniture.
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.
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.
Irregularly shaped walls and nooks can become functional spaces with a little creativity and a set of built-in bookshelves.
Well-thought-out shelving can give your closet or dressing room extra glamour and valuable storage for sweaters, shoes, and accessories.
Sliding shutters allow the living room to accommodate a pair of offices that can be concealed when company comes. Rather than being relegated to a dreary corner, these home offices live at the heart of the house.
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.
This staircase gets big personality with built-in shelves and interesting art objects.
Modular, built-in shelving, an ample work surface, and clean-lined cabinets keep everything organized in this study.
Conceal trash cans under the sink, as in this streamlined kitchen. A cutout in the marble countertop helps guests locate the garbage can and makes cleanup easier.
With the clean design of these custom cabinets and drawers, staying organized and concealing mess are not a problem.
We love the idea of appliance hideaways, like these tucked behind sleek, ebony-stained oak cabinets.
Window seats aren’t standard in most kitchens, but this little nook makes a perfect perch for prep-time conversations.
This platform bed and flanking nightstand are built into an alcove paneled with teak, a sustainably harvested wood.
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.
This clever bar is tucked into a master suite closet. Outfitted with an espresso machine, the spot offers the ultimate breakfast-in-bed treatment.
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.
Utilize every sliver of your kitchen. Here, a pullout pantry transforms an awkward 8-inch space into useful storage.
Hiding the entertainment center is a common dilemma. These homeowners took an artful approach, leveraging space beneath the stairs.
The family computer is built into this small kitchen space, and with plenty of drawers for office supplies and cabinets to hide their desktop, the office vanishes during busy mealtimes.
In this cottage kitchen, pegboard hides an unsightly water heater and creates space for the grocery list. Brooms and other cleaning supplies hang on the other side.
Ready-made shelving makes this closet a hardworking space with a pullout shoe rack and plenty of drawers and shelves.
Restaurants use booths for a reason – they’re efficient. A built-in right off your kitchen creates seating in tight spots, and the bench’s streamlined profile takes up very little visual space.
Make the most of an oft-ignored space by using a hallway for storage. These bookshelves serve as decoration and a makeshift library.
Installed in a drawer, this cutting board stays close at hand without taking up counter space.
The shelves above this twin bed serve as both a headboard and a place to display memorabilia.
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.
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.
Labeled lockers help keep this laundry room tidy and organized. Each family member gets personal storage space, with magnetized marker boards for reminders, report cards, or doodling.
Camouflage everyday storage by hiding it in an unusual spot, as with this pullout wine cubby located under a staircase landing. The beaded-board front panel of this cabinet is identical to the rest of the wall -- the only hint of a secret wine cellar is a single bin pull.
Built-in benches offer easy seating for this backyard pool. Cushions and pillows in bright colors add personality to this simple space.
This custom panel provides hooks for storage and a neatly integrated bench.
With two walls of shelves and bright blue paint, these bookshelves are both functional and decorative.
These built in drawers have ultimate cottage charm, and their large size makes it easy to store just about anything inside – crayons, toys, or even sterling silver.
Maximize storage and display options by incorporating bookshelves above doorways or along unused wall space.
Bold red accenting gives these two-way shelves a colorful pop. With glass on either side, they link the kitchen and living room.
Flanking a mantel, window seats create a focal point while offering extra seating and convenient, out-of-the-way storage.
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.
Built-in seating has a place outdoors as well. Concrete benches, accessorized with plenty of pillows, make lounging a breeze in this outdoor living room.
A permanent island wouldn’t fit in this long, narrow kitchen. Instead, a rolling custom cabinet adds stowaway utility.
This hardworking buffet provides storage for silver and dishware, plus two display cases for treasured collectibles.
Cabinets often frame windows, but in this kitchen, shelves span the opening, which backlights the green and turquoise glasses.
Books of all shapes and sizes complement the simple, sleek architecture of this custom bookshelf.
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.
This modern dining area sports a punch of personality -- tall built-ins add dimension and interest.
In this cozy dining nook, leather benches and beaded-board accents lend cottage charm.
A salvaged sliding door conceals this pantry, where generous storage keeps kitchen necessities readily accessible.
Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with contrasting interiors accentuate the high ceilings in this cottage parlor.