Built in furniture was a standard in the old days of the world, everyone was a carpenter and everyone had plenty of materials to create everything their home needed. Every home was custom and often expanded as the needs of the family did. Secret rooms built in storage and unique room shapes have grown less common. Most of today’s living areas feature multiple bookcases, entertainment centers and chairs that will leave the property if they are ever sold. The downside to this new carry-away lifestyle is the space taken up by store pieces. If a shelf sticks out three feet, the walkway is impeded by three feet of furniture that could have been avoided. Check out these photos which show family homes that house amazing built-in branded furniture. And then call your contractor, because you’re going to want to do some serious interior decorating.
Decorating headboards can be challenging, they don’t seem to serve much functional purpose. This room built the headboard into a storage center. A shelf directly above the bed for trinkets and a hideaway for a second set of light switches (seriously, who wants to get out of a nice warm bed?) with a double closet and his and her bookshelves recessed into the wall on either side. Above the each to access storage are flip up areas, similar to those in airplanes, great for hiding away an off-season wardrobe, birthday presents or other lesser used items that you still want to keep out of the attic, but aren’t quite garage material.
Room designs that reduce clutter are a favorite of ours. The space under stairs sometimes features a small room accessible for a door. This space sometimes works as a cupboard where families will store items they don’t often need, presents, or sometimes even shoes. This built in bookshelf eliminates the need for other shelves in the living room. For a family with children, this means more play space, but it can also mean that the living room easily converts to a dining room for those large family holidays or dinner parties that you’ve been meaning to host for years. Or you could add a chaise sofa on the end of your regular couch for those nights when you just want to sit a read a good book, but reclining on the couch would put a dent in your dream of a nice glass of wine and a good book while the kids are out visiting grandma.
There’s nothing like high quality furniture to make your kid’s room complete. This built in bunk bed is great for homes that don’t have quite as many bedrooms as you need and when you move out is a major selling point since you can now offer it as a “custom” room. An important point to consider when designing a built in bed is size of occupant. While your seven year old may think bunk beds are fantastic he will eventually grow into your seventeen year old. A single bed isn’t going to fit him by that age so if moving isn’t in the cards while he is at home, make sure that when you build this feature you can fit at least a double mattress so you don’t wind up having a set of bunks and a regular bed all in the same room.
Interior renovators love home offices. This built in desk makes their job easy. The classic design of the piece dictates that the rest of the room is professional, but it does also dictate the any other wood pieces are a similar color. When installing a permanent desk, try to imagine where you will be in ten years. If you keep important documents in your desk, will you have enough room for ten years of these documents? Will any drawers need to lock? Another often overlooked aspect is knee space; do you cross your legs? This piece is going to be yours for a long time, make sure you love it.
Home decorating always hits a snag at the closet. Many homes feature walk in closets, or recessed closets with sliding doors. These doors often come of their hinges, your favorite blouse is hidden from view, and they’re just a general pain. This built in closet is actually a fix for these home standard nightmares. While best suited in a room that belongs to one person (unless you have two of these already in the room) this is a gorgeous way to avoid those annoying doors. If you want a little privacy a tension rod and curtain can shield your wardrobe from the world.
We hope that you have enjoyed our suggestions for house decoration ideas using built in furniture and storage spaces. These custom pieces will add unparalleled functionality and value to your home.