Couldn’t we all use a little bit of extra storage? Older homes often come with neat architectural elements like built-in pantries and bookshelves that you just don’t see anymore. However, modern designers can accommodate the homeowner with an eye for detail and a need for more functionality in their homes. Here are some ideas to set you on the right path.
This built-in wall divider creates two distinctive spaces, without disrupting the open concept layout.
Arts & Crafts style homes were famous for weaving smart cabinet and shelf designs into the existing woodwork.
If you have decorative knick-knacks or books to display, then built-in shelving could be a great addition to your home.
You can incorporate a little work nook by building shelves that evolve into matching desk units.
Stash your extra dishes in a gorgeous, custom-made, built-in China cabinet.
Add dining room storage for your fancy stemware, along with accent lights, for a beautiful nighttime look.
This unique room divider provides a small decorative table for a lamp or piece of art, while creating two spaces.
Built-in seating can make use of empty dining room space and provide a comfy place to relax, converse and digest — for that person who always finishes eating before everyone else.
This built-in storage project would be very easy to DIY. Simply clad the wall in bead-board or paneling and hang a few unfinished upper cabinets purchased from a furniture warehouse up top. Use homemade wood boxes with shelves for seating and shoe storage. Add crown molding and paint to add character and the finishing touch. Don’t forget to screw in coat hooks and cabinet door hardware.
This idea has a good combination of open and closed space, which is perfect for the office and kills dead space.
Transform a wall into an epic floor-to-ceiling pantry.
Kitchen islands need not just have generic cupboard space. Adding a wine fridge is a wise solution.
There is everything to love about this bright wood unit, which adds hidden storage in the seat-backs!
A built-in couch is a neat architectural element for a grand room.
If you have a teeny tiny room that is scant on space, you can try this built-in layout to maximize what you have.
This spot with a cup of tea and a good book is a reader’s heaven! Pull the rich curtain across for added privacy.
You may think you’ve thought of everything by way of kitchen storage until you check out this built-in herb garden!
Medicine cabinets can be unsightly and invasive. Hide your goods with clever, clandestine beadboard storage.
It can be so aggravating trying to get at items in a corner cupboard. Try a Lazy Susan design for better accessibility.
You can slip a spice rack in almost anywhere. Let no space go to waste!
With this design, stash your towels nearby — in the tub.
Eliminate counter clutter by creating a space to store unread mail.
This fully functional room by Ehrlich has it all — clerestory windows, seating bench, cabinets, shelving.
Block off a separate dining space with creative use of exotic doors and windows.
Kids love the party atmosphere of having built-in bunk beds with their own identical storage spaces.
Here is another neat bunk bed / storage design.
A climbing wall for the kids’ playroom? Why not?
Give your four-legged friend the ultimate den of pride — and keep your pooch safely out from underfoot!