The Beauty of Built-Ins

Updated: Oct 26, 2021



Aside from the common misconception of Interior Design being all about picking out paint colors and fabrics, designers focus on a lot of problem solving, which utilized both creative and analytic abilities. One of the challenges of Interior Design is finding a balance between beauty and practicality when it comes to storage.


So how do designers approach this problem? A perfect example of merging these two concepts of practicality and beauty is through built-ins. So what is so great about built-ins?



 

Reasons to have Built-Ins

Less Cost on New Furniture


I’ve seen it numerous times from my experience working at multiple furniture stores: you have had your furniture set for a while now, and you’re ready for a change. Instead of refinishing, reupholstering, or any other basic D.I.Y. transformation, you’ll go out an buy a replacement, typically on sale, and try to sell the old one on craigslist. While this method may be cheaper initially, you’ll go through this cycle a few times. Getting build-ins may be more costly upfront, but it’s something that will stay in your home for years. You can have basically any furniture built-in, from beds to dining tables.


Practicality


Built-ins are great uses for storage. Since most of them are custom, you can get a built-in that meets your lifestyle needs. Have a home full of children? A breakfast bar is a great casual spot for meals and homework, while offering storage under the benches for art supplies, off-season clothes, etc. Need a desk but tight on space? A built-in desk offers you a work surface with plenty of places to store your office supplies while fitting nicely into a niche or recessed area of your home.


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