Better Built-Ins: Four Key Locations

Better Built-Ins: Four Key Locations
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    As you consider your next home renovation project, have you placed one or more built-ins on your list?


Builts-in are those compartments that blend into a room, are situated unobtrusively where no floor space is impacted, but where wall space is used. Built-ins may seem more common to dining rooms and living rooms, but can be included most anywhere in your home.

Cooking Areas

Your kitchen is the ideal place for built-ins, multiple ones at that. This may be especially important for the cook that wants to make full use of his space, by creating highly functional areas to reach food, storage compartments and utensils.

Lower cabinet storage is typically used, a place where you can stash your lesser used items including cutting boards, bins and small appliances. Also consider transforming your “junk drawer” into a pull out cutting board or repurposing a hard to reach corner cabinet into a multi-tiered storage shelf. Traditional lazy susans are harder to access while a pull out built-in makes it possible to reach what you need when you need it.

Better Bathrooms

Is your lack of bathroom storage becoming a huge problem? Even the tightest bathroom areas can make use of built-ins including drawered cabinets that can flank a suspended sink. The counter area is still sufficient while storage space is increased several times over. For larger bathrooms, the same theme can be applied, with double sinks employed and additional cabinet placed below and to the sides.

Tight areas also mean being open to unusual, but still useful places for built-ins. Box-beam shelves can sit on the wall above the tub, providing the perfect space for storing extra towels, bath solutions and even a few copies of your paperback books. Shelving is narrow to avoid obstructing with head room, but wide enough to still be quite useful.

Transition Areas

What are transition areas? Answer: any space that brings you from one room of the house to another room. Halls represent one area and foyers are another transition area. In some homes stairway landings are also large enough to not obstruct traffic and can be considered for built-in shelving below windows.

Home entranceways can sometimes provide a perfect place for built-ins, especially if an interior door is present. Shelving and cabinet space on either side of the door or above the door can house books, knick knacks and other display items. Sloping areas of homes usually feature much dead space, with built-in drawers transforming space that otherwise would remain unused.

Efficient Offices

Who needs more room in their home office space? Most people may answer in the affirmative, especially if that footprint is small, such as a tiny bedroom or a den. Built-in cabinetry is always an ideal way to go, especially if visual appeal is also important.

Take one wall and transform that into a built-in with cabinet space on the bottom and open shelves on top. The center shelves can house your favorite artifacts and trophies, while the smaller compartments flanking that area can hold books, videos and business supplies.

Best Materials

You have many material choices at your disposal when considering built-ins including various woods, hardware and fixtures. Choose built-ins that flow with the room, enhancing its style and using woods that match what is already present. Make use of natural and beamed lighting, and work with a home decor professional to reinvigorate space that needs a special touch.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".