7 Chic and Sleek Built-ins

Warning: gorgeous storage inspo ahead

Though they’re a bigger commitment than your standard bookshelves, built-ins offer not only a storage solution for your home, but also lend character to a study or living room. Just keep in mind that not all built-ins are the same—some are quite literally built into an alcove or encased in a wall, while others resemble a more standard piece of furniture, typically drilled into a wall. From floor-to-ceiling shelves to built-ins under glass, here are seven ideas to inspire your organization goals.


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(Image Credit: Mark Ashby Design)

Hidden Gem

blue closed cabinets with knobs along with open shelves after renovation
(Image Credit: Caitlin Wilson Design)

Skinny Shelves

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Behind Glass

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(Image Credit: Rikki Snyder in Elle Decor)

Natural Openings

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(Image Credit: Via Blog Lovin’, Zara Home)

Subtle Storage

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(Image Credit: Via 1stdibs, Nicolas Schuybroek Architects)


(Image Credit: Bert Van Hoecke Interiors)

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