What is a Built-in?


is that it allows a smooth transition between spaces. Built-ins look like a part of the house and blend into the wall and with the decor. They also provide a ton of storage without appearing too bulky and can be tailored to fit the specific needs of a home.


A built-in's main characteristic...

Budget & Cost 

Budget and cost always come first within anything you're doing in your home. How much do you want to spend will determine the overall design aesthetic. Know your budget before you start designing out space.

Do you want to incorporate floating shelving? Do you want the shelves to be adjustable? Do you want it from floor to ceiling? Back paneling? Crown molding? Do you need any electrical within the cabinets? Will you be mounting a TV in the space? Need to hide any cords and where? Wood stained or painted? 

Choosing the Overall Design


Choosing Materials 

Once you've got your designs down...

it's time to start selecting the materials. Depending on the look you're going for, you might need shelves, or wood to build shelves, doors, cabinets, etc.  Determining the design and style you are going for as well as how much you want to DIY will then lead to choosing the rest of the materials, such as plywood for the other aspects of the built-ins or buying premade shelves, or making them yourself. 




Built-ins not only provide functional storage but also provide the perfect styling opportunity to make a room complete. When it comes to styling, less is more, like the built-ins themselves. Add a few books, either standing up or laying down. If laid down, a vase could be added on top for dimension. Use neutral colors and spice up the space with some greenery. Varying height, texture, and objects will help create layers and depth in the space without adding clutter. Add meaningful decors, such as family pictures and photo albums to make the space feel more like home. 

How to Use Built-ins in a Home

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