Advertiser Disclosure

Let These Stunning Built-In Ideas Inspire Your Next Home Improvement Project

If there’s one architectural feature that everyone loves, it’s built-in furniture. Whether we’re talking about classic bookcases, a modern entertainment center or a cozy window seat, these features always turn out to be equally eye-catching and functional. What more could you ask for in your home design? The next time you’re itching to take on a home improvement project, look no further. We even have 14 gorgeous built-in ideas to give you some inspiration. Look these over and we promise that you’ll have an idea for a built-in of your own.

asbe / Getty Images

What to consider when adding built-in furniture

Built-ins are a coveted architectural feature for a reason. Though the finished product is nearly always worth the effort, the building and installation process can require a large investment of time and money. With that in mind, if you’re adding one of these features, you’ll want to make sure that you go into it with a well-thought-out plan. Here are a few considerations for you to keep in mind as you consider built-in ideas:


  • Placement: This may sound self-explanatory, but it’s so important it warrants mentioning. Once your built-in is in place, you won’t be able to access the area behind it easily. Double check to make sure that you won’t be blocking any vents or doorways before installation so that you don’t run into problems later on.


  • Shape: Yes, classically, these pieces are either rectangular or square. However, these days, people are thinking outside the box and giving their built-in furniture angles to create a more modern look.


  • Storage Configuration: It’s best to have an idea of what you intend to store in the furniture before you get started with the building process. That way, you have a better idea of what type of storage is needed.


  • Construction Method: Yes, there are ways to go DIY, but if it’s at all possible, we recommend hiring a contractor for this one. Putting something new within an existing space can get tricky, especially when you have to work around the angles of the room. It’s worth it to have someone experienced at the helm.


  • Architectural Details: Though the built-in furniture is going to be a new addition to your home, it shouldn’t feel that way. Make sure you (or your contractor) include a few architectural details that will help this piece blend in with the rest of your home. Ideally, it should look like it’s been there all along.



Let these built-in ideas inspire your home design

Richman21 / Getty Images

Download it / Getty Images

Peter_visual / Getty Images

Download it / Getty Images

Richman21 / Getty Images

Do any of the built-in ideas above inspire you? Which would you like to incorporate into your home?

Related Articles

How to Set Up and Care For a Live Christmas Tree

The products featured here are independently selected based on thorough research from our editorial team. If you buy something through links on our site, we may receive a commission. A Christmas tree is the perfect centerpiece in any home’s Christmas decor. And there’s no denying the pleasant feeling (and smell) that a live Christmas tree […]

Read More
New Home Checklist: Hosting Your First Thanksgiving

If you moved into a new home over the past year, you might be finding yourself on hosting duty for the first time this Thanksgiving, and that can be a lot of pressure. But don’t worry — a little bit of planning will go a long way towards a stress-free afternoon. Jump to: Two to […]

Read More
Wayfair’s Black Friday 2022! We Pick the Best Deals and Gifts

This is paid content. It was written and produced by MYMOVE in partnership with Wayfair. Looking to save big this Black Friday? Shop doorbuster deals and snag everything you need to prep your home for the holiday season during Wayfair’s Black Friday Sale. Shop now and save up to 80% off on all your holiday […]

Read More