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Published: March 11, 2022

Everything You Need to Know About Custom Built-Ins

Are you unhappy with some regions of your home underutilized or crowded with clutter? Do you feel as if furniture or decorations just don't seem to fit? Then, it may be time to start considering custom built-ins. 

Beyond creating lavish closets, built-ins can serve an essential role for your home by making shelves and closets look as if they were built along with the house years ago. 

With this in mind, keep reading to learn all about custom built-ins and how they can benefit your home! 

Great for Underutilized Spaces

When people think of custom built-ins, their minds often go to extravagant walk-in closet spaces with islands in the center. However, it's important to keep in mind that the beauty of built-ins is that they can be utilized anywhere you need to save space

Here are a few examples of underutilized spaces in residential homes: 

  • Beneath staircases
  • Narrow halls or corners
  • Shallow pantries and closets
  • And more

If you have a pet, these small and narrow spaces can be the perfect area to store their food, extra toys, leashes, medications, and more. They can also serve as an arts-and-crafts corner or as additional storage for your child's toys. 

Take a look at your own space and consider all the areas that aren't being utilized well enough. Before you discount them, speak with a professional to see if custom carpentry is possible for those spaces. 

Variety of Materials

Keep in mind that custom built-ins can be built with a variety of materials and painted in any color you desire. This means that you can create a captivating focal point in your living room or allow it to blend in with the walls and baseboards. 

Reclaimed wood can be a great material to use for display cabinets and key focal moments. Pantry cabinets for a kitchen makeover can even be equipped with chalkboards at the back or along the front so that you can easily label your pantry with chalk. 

If you're struggling to narrow down the materials you want, use the materials you already have in your home as inspiration. You'll also want to consider whether you want your storage solutions to stand out or blend in. 

Creating Cohesion

One of the main benefits of built-in shelves is that they help bring cohesion to your home. You may be worried that a custom build-in outside of a closet or pantry will make your house too crowded or chaotic. On the other hand, it does just the opposite–your home will look more unified and put together. 

This is because it's often recommended to display or store one type of item in your custom built-ins. For instance, if you have a collection of old plates, a built-in is the perfect place to display your favorites and store the rest. 

They're also great for storing a plethora of books, journals, board games, and other collections that need a permanent home. 

Spacious Sanctuaries

With news of the pandemic and quarantines, Americans began looking at their homes in a different way as they found themselves cooped up. According to The Atlantic, more homes than ever before began transforming their spare bedrooms into spacious closets. 

Beyond just using closets as functional spaces, they're beginning to use them as their own personal sanctuaries away from work-from-home stress. 

Built-in closets form a vital backbone for any spacious walk-in closet. Instead of disappearing and being as subtle as possible, these types of closets present themselves as almost separate rooms of the house. Couches, tables, vanities, and even a place to serve drinks can accompany these closets. 

Organized Home Offices

If you're not the type for a lavish walk-in closet, keep in mind that build-ins can be created for more practical uses, such as inside a home office. Unfortunately, over time home offices can become cluttered with technology, books, documents, and more. This clutter makes them even less appealing to work inside. 

Thankfully, built-ins can help with cohesion and organization once again. For instance, they can be made into shelves from floor to ceiling so that you can add your own personal decorating touch to enliven the shelves. 

You might also want to consider larger closets with doors in order to hide away all the clutter, forgoing all the pressure to keep everything looking organized!

Straightforward Process

Lastly, it's important to keep in mind that working with professionals for built-ins is a straightforward process. It's crucial that you have an idea of where you want your built-in cabinet to go in your home, but builders can also help you get a good idea of what would look best for your space.

Keep in mind that built-in cabinets are meant to be relatively permanent, so it's vital that you feel confident in your design and material decisions. Once you have your order in, your manufacturer should have the cabinet ready in about 30 to 60 days.

During installation, professionals will ensure that the workmanship is top-notch. They should also clean after they're done working and offer a satisfaction guarantee.  

Transform Your Home With Custom Built-Ins Today

Overall, built-ins can provide your home with cohesion, style, or even a grand focal point in an unused area of your home. If you have collections of items, gathering them together for display can add a unique flair to your home.

You also have plenty of design, color, and material options so that your built-ins are entirely unique to your home. 

If you're ready to make your design dreams come true, our time is experienced at turning visions into reality. Contact us today for a free quote! 

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