While you’ll have to make that choice on your own, there are many factors to take into consideration before decision time.
First, weigh the pros and cons of built-ins.
Advantages of built-in furniture:
- Clears floor space for an open, airy feel and easy passage
- May be customized to your needs and tastes
- More subtle than heavy furniture
- Efficient use of space, especially small or oddly-shaped spaces
Disadvantages of built-in furniture:
- Permanence; difficulty in changing shelf or cubby configuration or removing entirely (you’re “stuck” with it in case of damage or style change)
- Impossible to transfer to a new home
- Often (but not always) more expensive than freestanding furniture
- Limiting; once it’s in, you can’t move it to another part of the room or house
If you’ve decided that built-ins are right for you, now you’ll need to decide what you want to build in! The options are limitless; build in to any room to create a custom home.
Some ideas to get you started:
- Bedroom: headboards, closets, dresser, night stand
- Bathroom: vanity, tub, shelves
- Living room: shelves, media center, seating
- Hallway & transitional spaces: bookshelves, desk, storage, window seat
- Laundry room: drying racks, ironing cabinet, shelves for supplies, pet bed, appliances
- Mudroom or entry: cubbies, hooks, benches
- Dining room: china closet, buffet
- Kitchen: banquette, appliances
Now go reevaluate all those “useless” spaces in your house!