The concept of “built-in furniture” almost sounds like something out of a movie: the dresser with a hidden compartment, or a chair that hides a secret drawer.
The truth is a little less dramatic. Built-ins refer to any custom furniture that is a permanent part of your home, such as the breakfast nook in your kitchen area or a set of bookcases attached to the fireplace. In other words, things that you’ve built into your house.
There are a few different reasons homeowners find built-ins appealing, including:
1. It’s convenient
Does it seem like you have more stuff than you have storage space in your home? That’s where built-ins can come to the rescue.
Whether you’re adding an entertainment center that holds everything from DVDs to knick-knacks or adding built-in cabinets to your garage, custom furniture offers you new ways to store items and keep the things you need close at hand.
2. It adds value to your home… aesthetic and otherwise
When done right, custom furniture can help bring a room together and make it a more inviting space. And it might make your home more attractive to future buyers.
As Angie’s List member John Kissel told the website in 2015, the built-ins at his home in Indiana were part of the reason he purchased the house.
“When you walk into a room with built-ins, you can immediately see how the room is going to be used,” Kissel said.
His home has a built-in bench seat in the kitchen with a wine rack and shelves for storage, all of which give him added space while providing a unique design element.
It really takes good advantage of the space that’s here," Kissel said. "If I wanted an eat-in kitchen without this built-in, I'd have to put the table in the middle of the floor with chairs all around it. That's going to chew up more room than I have."
3. It gives you more room
For families who feel starved for floor space, custom furniture can be a lifesaver. You’ll have a less cluttered floor plan, and because most built-ins can serve more than one purpose, your home will operate in a more efficient manner.
Let’s take a look at how you can incorporate built-in cabinets and custom furniture into the different sections of your home:
The kitchen is the heart of your house. It’s the place where everyone seems to congregate whenever you have guests over.
Give yourself more room to work within this busy section of your home by installing pull-out work surfaces on your counter and hidden storage compartments between cabinets.
Having a garage means something of a juggling act: having a place to park your car as well as a place to store gardening supplies, holiday decorations, sporting equipment, etc.
With the help of built-in cabinets, you can do both. You’ll keep all of your things tucked away and well organized, and still have room to park your car.
These pull-out beds are perhaps the ultimate in built-in furniture. By installing a Murphy bed, you’ll be able to get more use out of your rooms. It can give you more space in children’s bedrooms and allow you to turn a guest room into a home office.
To learn more about how built-in cabinets and other custom furniture ideas can make your life easier, contact Closets & Cabinetry. From the attic to the basement and everything in between, we can design storage solutions that help you get the most out of your space. We offer complimentary consultations, so you have nothing to lose!