Small Windows Above Shelves
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Wall That Has It All

Instead of filling an entire wall with built-in bookcases, try adding a series of small windows above custom shelves.

Bright windows allow sunlight to filter in the room while built-ins provide ledges to display decorative items. Housing everything from the television and a stereo to a DVD collection, built-ins create order.

Keys to Custom Shelves
You'll want to inventory a few items before calling a carpenter to re-create these built-ins.

Measure the television. Don't forget about the depth; you'll need space for ventilation. Some electronic equipment emits heat, which could cause wood to warp.

Allow space for any other equipment you'll want to include in the built-ins. Do you have space for speakers, or could they fit into another area of the room?

Count your media collection. Leave room for new purchases. Allow space for items such as books and picture frames.

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