On My Radar | Using Built-Ins to Create Possibilities
Written by: Dena Landon
Photography by: Noted in article
Built-in furniture is all the rage. Custom millwork can increase your home’s value, but also contribute to making it more livable. Typically designed to sit flush with your walls and ceilings, a good built-in will look like it’s always been there.
Here are five reasons that every homeowner should consider adding built-ins.
Connect Rooms For Cohesiveness
An open floor plan is great for entertaining, but how do you tie it all together? Built-ins with matching cabinetry or accents bring synergy into your home.
Photographer: Robert Socha
Repurpose Usable Space
Floor vents for heating exchange made the corner of this small bedroom unusable – until designer J. Patryce thought upwards! A built-in floating desk and bookshelves helped her maximize the space. If you’re faced with a spatial challenge, a built-in could help you overcome it.
Organized & Well-designed Storage
Belts, necklaces, and handbags, it can be hard for your prized possessions to not turn into a jumble at the back of your closet. Built-ins can add well-designed storage which keeps everything in its place. Built-in bookcases look sophisticated in a study or living room, and also allow you to display some of your treasured objects. See more of this amazing closet here.
Intentional Furniture Replacement
Sure, interior designer Karla Goran could have just bought a sideboard and stuck it against the dining room wall. But it would have wasted a lot of wall space and stuck out like a sore thumb. Instead, she went with an integrated built-in along one wall. It sits flush with the wall and molding and gives her a ton of storage.
Create Multipurpose Living Spaces
Need to keep an eye on your child doing homework while you make dinner, but don’t have a house with an open floor plan? Build a desk into a kitchen corner! Built-ins allow homeowners to make rooms multifunctional. You can even put a desk as part of a bookcase built-in, like this one made by KMG Cabinetry.