Have you waded through dozens of ideas trying to find the right built-in solutions for your bedroom?
If you’re still coming up empty, maybe these twelve built-in ideas rounded up by Simphome.com can inspire you. Without further ado, let’s start our countdown.
12. DIY Desk Built-In for Under $50
The owners turned what was once a closet and then a storage bench into a beautiful built-in desk area. It resulted in a dramatic change that only set them back less than $50.
They used a discarded filing cabinet and desk for this project. The small cabinet now sits in the corner with its top extended to match the desk’s depth and from a gap between them. Open shelves fill that gap. You’ll also notice that a small ledge added at the back gives a nice touch. 1×3” floorboards adorn the bottom to hide the feet and help make the furniture look more built-in.
The original beadboard paneling ties the area together nicely. Coats of light grayish paint also helped make it look like one cohesive whole against the white walls and ceiling.
11. Mirror Mirror on the Wall
You may want mirror doors for your wardrobe because it lets you check yourself out quickly after changing clothes. There’s no need for a separate leaning or wall mounted mirror.
They also make an area seem larger because you see its copy on its reflection. Mirrors even bounce and spread light inside a room, making it feel more bright and airy. Brightness tends to make a room look more spacious than those draped in shadows.
Besides that, they don’t tarnish or scratch quickly like other finishes, especially on wooden doors. Plus, they’re relatively easy to clean. In the example, the wardrobe has Venetian mirrors, which set the standard for mirrors in the world.
10. How to Convert Closets to Built-In Shelves
Narrow closets are more straightforward to convert into built-in shelves. The depth is usually within bounds, so you don’t end up wasting too much space.
And you don’t always have to tear down the existing structure and build new ones. You only enlarge the opening a bit after removing the doors. You can cut the new opening size with a circular saw. After that, you can nail a 1×6” frame at the top and sides and add a face trim to hide the seams. Then it’s all a matter of filling the gaps and prepping the interiors with caulk and putty before you apply primer. Finally, cut the shelves to fit the interior dimensions and install them with brackets or cleats.
After painting, it will seem like they were part of the original design.
9. Gorgeous Built-In Closet Under Sloped Ceiling
Sometimes, you have to think outside the box – literally. Take the case of sloped ceilings. Why stop where the space at the top ends? Why not continue building under the slope?
Start by laying down the base of the closet across the floor to the length of the wall. You can mount IKEA’s various PAX closet elements for each door.
First, choose the largest units that will go on the right. Then pick smaller elements that would fit as you build left and further under the slope.
Next, add the new wall’s studs around your closet. That’s where you’ll install the new drywall and paint it in the same color as the room.
For a more beautiful result, you can paint the closet doors with a slightly dark grayish-green tint.
8. Sunny Storage Idea
Recessed built-in window seats offer more than just a bright space to hang out. They usually provide a place to store some of your things under the cushion.
The best type of storage for these seats is drawers. You can pull them out quickly to access whatever it is that you need. But why not take it even further? You can take advantage of the narrow walls on both sides of the window. The space between the studs can serve as niche shelves. You can tidy up the look by adding a face frame and sprucing up the backing with an excellent finish.
7. Built-In Bunk Beds and Closets Make Space For a Play Area Like This Kids Bedroom
This minimalist kids’ bedroom has an almost futuristic feel. The design utilizes a lot of built-in elements.
Even the low ceiling and grey color scheme make one part of the bedroom seem like a whole built-in sleeping alcove.
The stairs leading up to the upper bunk bed are a cabinet, and every step has a drawer underneath. There’s also a bookcase on the left. The design’s built-in nature makes it look like the cabinets are the walls, especially on the room’s brighter end. Even if the open space in the middle and the stark walls make it seem almost empty, it’s not.
The large space is a result of efficient storage, and it gives the kids more room to play.
6. Turning Store Bought Dressers Into Bedroom Built-Ins
It’s possible to convert a standalone dresser into a built-in one.
The first problem you may notice is that it doesn’t stand flush against the wall. It usually hits the baseboard, or it could be because of the shape, or both.
First, you must remove pieces of the baseboard where it touches the furniture. If there are still gaps after sliding it in, you can fill them with wood or with filler if possible. You have to mount it on a base frame to install a baseboard similar to that on your walls. The same goes for the top when you try to match the crown molding. The objective is to make the dresser seem like it’s part of the walls and not merely tacked on.
5. IKEA Billy Bookcase Hack
Billy Bookcases from IKEA are versatile enough that you can use them as your base frame for a built-in display and storage cabinet.
You can adapt them to many configurations and the size that you need. Sometimes, the baseboards aren’t too high, and you can install matching ones with no problem. However, you have to add some siding to match the face trim’s thickness and conceal any gaps on the walls. Measure the thickness you need and add the correct frame and panel to the exposed side.
Since it’s built-in, you want it to reach the ceiling. There, you can attach crown molding flush to hide any gaps.
Lastly, you can mount shaker style doors on the lower storage section and attach some attractive handles.
4. Wood Paneling Idea
Although you barely notice them, there are advantages to this type of built-in storage design.
One, they help reduce visual clutter in a room, especially when they follow the paneling lines. The doors seem like a part of the wall, except for the thin seams. Two, it’s out of the way and doesn’t affect flow. Three, it doesn’t eat up space. Some built-ins are actually additions that take up space even if they become part of the home’s structure. Of course, there are also limitations, and the first thing that comes to mind is shallow depth resulting in smaller storage space. However, if the items you intend to keep there will fit, it won’t be much of an issue.
3. Adding Built-Ins and White Floating Shelves Around a Window Niche
One excellent way to take advantage of this underutilized space next to windows is with floating shelves. They can take on a lot more items and offer a terrific opportunity to showcase your favorite ones.
For this project, the shelf frames are 1x2s turned on their sides to reduce the profile. You’ll drive screws through the long ones at the back into the studs behind the walls. You then attach the short perpendicular support bracing to it with pocket-hole screws. Next, attach the 1/2” plywood top and 1/4” bottom with brads. Finally, add 1×2” trim to the exposed front and sides.
2. How to Choose the Right Lumber for Your Built-In
You must be able to tell the difference between soft and hardwoods.
The most common softwoods are northern white cedar, Douglas fir, spruce, redwood, western red cedar, and white pine. Generally, these are the easiest to work with and are what you’ll use for shelves and bookcases. For hardwoods, there’s walnut, cherry, white ash, yellow poplar, and Philippine mahogany. These are the ones you use for cabinetry because of their machining consistency and durability.
Hardwoods are more expensive but have quality grading. The higher the grade, the better is the quality.
Lastly, Number 1. Turn Your Blank Space into Beautiful and Multi-Functional Built-Ins Area
Another great way you can save space in your small bedroom is to integrate a bunk bed into the closet layout’s design. There are several configurations you can try. One is with a closet space with a bed above it that you can access via a ladder-like cabinet. Typically, the steps have shelf space or drawers.
Or how about beds perpendicular to each other? The one above can also have cabinet stairs, plus room under it for a desk, small cabinets, and shelves. You can open the other one below it to reveal more storage under the mattress.
Freestanding furniture is fantastic to have. But as the example presented by Simphome.com shows us, the most significant advantage built-ins have, is their versatility with the configuration and layout of storage space.
Most of the time, it’s quite challenging to find the perfect standalone, especially for tight spaces. For home storage solutions, particularly in the living and dining room, built-ins are a must-have. You have more options at your disposal and won’t be limited by a premade product unless you modify it or use it in a hack. That means you can design the optimum built-in layout that best suits your specific space and needs.