Built In Storage Ideas

I love going to Open Houses, Showcase of Homes, Parade of Homes, or whatever they are called in your area. I get so many good design, decorating, and storage ideas. Just because I’m renting right now doesn’t mean I’m not still looking for great ideas for when I own a home again. I’m sharing some of my favorite Built In Storage Ideas that I’ve gathered from some of the many homes I’ve visited over the past few years.

Built In Storage Ideas

I have ideas for almost every room in the house. In our last home we built a mudroom and extra storage space using a portion of the garage. We also made built in lockers and cubbies using a couple different plans to make it work best in our space. I loved that mudroom and can’t wait to customize more spaces in our future home.

Let’s start in the Living Room/Family Room. There are so many built in options for this area of the home depending on the style of your home. I like having open and closed storage in this area. I want to have pretty things on display and have electronics and tech stuff in hiding.

living room 4

living room 2

living room 3

living room

Den/Office Spaces. You can never have too many shelves in an office area. Use decorative boxes to keep less attractive things hidden from sight. The second picture is a fun option for shelves and I love how they go around the window.


den herringbone wall

den wall of bookcases

Desk Area. Sometimes having a whole office isn’t an option. I love this built in desk area. There’s plenty of storage in the upper cabinets.

desk area

Craft Room. My craft room is full of movable storage units, which has worked fine but I’m looking forward to the time when I can have some permanent storage cabinets.

craft room

Reading Area. Here’s another option if you don’t have room to spare for an office or den. You can sneak in a reading area in almost any nook of your house. This is one of the first areas I want to figure out for my future home.

reading area 2

reading area

Mudroom. I’m dreaming of having a mudroom again some day. There are so many options whether your room is small or large. Customize your space to fit your needs.

mudroom 3

mudroom 4

mudroom 2


Window Seat. These are so perfect for a kids room. I love all the added storage space.

window seat 2

window seat

Dining Room. This hutch is small but it’s perfect to store things that you need close to the table. Again, I love open and closed storage.

Dining hutch

Laundry Room. Having a designated space for baskets is a must for me in my next place. I like the idea of stacking the washer and dryer to have the space for this built in.

Laundry room

Bedroom. My kids would love all the extra cubbies and shelves in this bunk bed area. I love the drawers and the desk area too. There’s plenty of storage for all their favorite books and treasures.

bunkbed storage

Walk In Closet. I can’t forget a custom closet. Luckily a lot of new homes give you the option of designing your own closet, but if not you can get plenty of ideas and help through closet companies and on line. With a closet like this there is usually not a need for a dresser.

walk in closet

So, what do you think about custom built ins? What is your must have Built In?

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  • Forgetfulone July 18, 2015, 9:43 am

    I like some shelves, but in the house I grew up in, half of one wall in the den was built in shelving, and keeping it clean was a pain. And if the shelves are built in, it limits you on furniture arrangement. One thing I would love to have is a window seat with storage below.

  • Carol July 18, 2015, 5:27 pm

    I love built in storage. I wish there was some way to redo my closet. It is just too narrow to do much with. I can’t take any room from anywhere since it is between the outside wall and the bathroom which is narrow also. I have so many ideas of what I would like to do but this will probably be our last home unless we can find a house on a lake! My craft room is 9 x 16 so I have tried to organize it with shelves but it is just TOO small. Or maybe I have too much stuff!

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