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Brilliant Built-Ins

This wet bar was designed and built as part of a kitchen addition by a handy homeowner and frequent entertainer. | Photo: Lisa Romerein

Built-Ins That Make Entertaining Easier

Coffee station: Turn a casual eating area into an after-party destination for coffee, tea, and dessert. The central feature of this kitchen storage unit is a recessed bar with a small sink and tiled backsplash. Even during cleanup, the host doesn't miss a minute of conversation, as dirty mugs go straight from table to sink to cabinet. | Photo: Ryan Kurtz

Built-Ins That Make Entertaining Easier

Functional built-in: Toaster cubby in a cabinet with a rollout shelf | Photo: Ryan Kurtz

A Total DIY Kitchen Redo in the Same Footprint

Corner cupboard: Use a wedge-shaped built-in—a colonial-era favorite for cramped dining rooms—to squeeze storage into untapped angles. Here, glasses and serving dishes on open shelves are within reach of the table. Cabinet doors below keep less-display-worthy necessities hidden from view. | Photo: David Prince

Built-Ins That Make Entertaining Easier
  • Brooke Taylor Wunderly

    Hmmm interesting. One of mine is still empty! Ahh. It's so hard to figure out what looks good in there.

Bookcase bar: The shelves of this bar are just one bottle deep to preserve floor space. When not in use, a barn-style door with a wire-mesh window slides in front, offering a glimpse of liquor bottles and a playful, painted diamond design on the back wall. Tip: Paint the back of a built-in to amp up its style. | Photo: Mark Samu

Built-Ins That Make Entertaining Easier

Tall pantry-style cabinets conceal a stackable washer and dryer in a small-space kitchen. When every inch counts, that’s a seriously smart use of space.

7 Small-Budget, Big-Impact Upgrades From Readers Like You

This space-saving nursery built-in was created by taking out a closet. Now there are cubbies, drawers, a 7-foot cabinet, and a changing table.

7 Small-Budget, Big-Impact Upgrades From Readers Like You

Smart bed(room) storage! Three unfinished shelving units placed in a U shape on the floor, with a piece of plywood on top, can serve as both bed frame and much-needed storage solution. Baskets within the cubbies keep smaller items organized. Used here: Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, Minwax Wood Finish™ in Red Chestnut, and Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane. | Photo: Courtesy of Minwax

10 Fun Furniture Makeovers

The kitchen was the last room finished by this husband-and-wife team of DIYers. As a birthday present, Jeff built dining room display shelves for Ann's rolling-pin collection. | Photo: Nathan Kirkman

A Cottage Worth Sticking Around For

A trio of prefab porch columns joined together with simple shelving can add a stately look—and impressive display space—to any room. These unfinished oak columns were pretreated with Minwax Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. Then, a coat of Minwax Water Based Wood Stain in Hunter Green was followed by Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish in a semi-gloss sheen. | Photo: Courtesy of Minwax

10 Fun Furniture Makeovers

Drawers built into the base of a window seat add extra storage. | Photo: Jill Connors

A Bedroom Goes From Cold to Comfy

Beveled-mirror fronts add a formal note to the stair-wrapped built-in that serves as a coat closet. Stacked cabinets at one end hold hooks for kids' outerwear below and a charging station and files above. | Pulls: @Rejuvenation | Steel baskets: @The Land of Nod | Photo: Alex Hayden

Creating Order in a Craftsman Bungalow

This pantry takes advantage of 12-foot ceilings with three kinds of storage: drawers, shelves with sliding glass fronts and upper cabinets with custom steel-cut panels that are similar to those on the house's stair railings. A custom 9-foot ladder from putnamrollingladd... rolls across on a steel rod. | Photo: Jean Allsopp

Pantry Storage - A New Kitchen's Vintage Style

These homeowners took advantage of every space that would otherwise be empty and created a closet or a drawer. Under the stairs in the dining room carpenters created drawers for china and hanging rods for table linens. | Photo: Dominique Vorillon

Living Large in a Small House

Opening up the closet helped give the family access to more precious floor space. Planked walls and a desk finished with bin pulls fit with the home's Craftsman cottage look. Six drawers and two upper cabinets offer plenty of room for stashing school supplies and paperwork.

An Office Alcove for $209

Cabinets under the family room windows hide media components and a flat-screen TV on a motorized lift. | Photo: Jim Westphalen

1830s Farmhouse Remodel Fit for a Family

A frequent entertainer added this wet bar to his kitchen addition. Structural posts determined the length of the bar, which he fitted with small drawers for corkscrews and other cocktail accoutrements; a double-drawer fridge for mixers under the counter on the left; and, for symmetry, a look-alike panel on the right that tilts out to access plumbing for the sink. In the upper cabinets, puck lights illuminate liquor bottles. | Photo: Lisa Romerein

Built-Ins That Make Entertaining Easier

A niche for the microwave gives it a built-in look. The custom appliance garage has its own outlets and a stainless-steel roll-down door. | Microwave: @Whirlpool USA

A Busted Open, Brightened Up Kitchen

Got a blank wall near your kitchen or family room? How about a built-in wine rack like this one from an Eden Brae display home?

Keeping up with the Joneses: Study Nook Inspiration

Banquette seating and built-in storage maximize space in the eating nook. | Photo: Alex Hayden

A Busted Open, Brightened Up Kitchen

A cozy built-in seating area at the top of the stairs. ransom windows (on the left) channel light into an adjacent bathroom. | Photo: Michael J. Lee

Vintage Cottage, Timeless Appeal

If you have room for a long dining table, add a built-in banquet to serve as seating plus extra hidden storage bays.

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