Add Extra Storage Space to Your Home

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Built-in bookcases, benches, and shelves add both style and storage space to your home. The projects in this section offer storage solutions ranging from utilitarian under-stair shelves to a beautiful floor-to-ceiling bookcase you can build next to a fireplace -- or anywhere else you like. These projects lend themselves to custom touches so you can make them look like part of the home. The instructions show optional trim treatments and tell you how to make each project fit your space. Beyond that, you can build most of the projects so they can be painted to match or harmonize with your room or use wood that matches your existing woodwork.

Projects in Extra Storage Space
 

Building custom built-ins is just as straightforward as the projects elsewhere on our website. Most require skills only a few steps above basic woodworking. In all cases, careful measuring and attention to detail when joining pieces will ensure a pleasing result.

You can combine projects to create the kind of built-ins you want. Our built-in window seat, for instance, could be combined with one of our bookcase projects to make a cozy retreat in a den or family room.

Our recessed built-in shelves are ideal for a den, living room, or dining room. But you also could build them into a hallway or stairway wall to create an attractive and unusual accent.

The closet organizer we feature is ideal for bedroom and dressing-room closets, but consider one also for the coat closet in your entryway. You could build the organizer from less-expensive wood for basement utility closets too. And for every project, think of the plan as simply a starting point for your own custom design. Choose any wood and finish you like, alter the size to meet different needs, change the style of trim, add or remove shelves, and make any other changes that suit you.


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