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

16 Ways to Customize Your Deck

Sweet window seat tucked into symmetrical built-ins from |

Calling it Home: My Home

From Sarah Schneider @Holly a super cool, space-saving dresser built into the walls of her bedroom. |

Lavender Gray: Built in Dresser

Too much white can blur a room's details. To highlight the architecture of this space, interior designer Kelly LaPlante used a mid-tone blue to ground the floor and define the ceiling trusswork. The same color on cabinet doors and the built-ins' exposed edges brings these charming features to the fore. | Photo: Mark Lohman

12 Kitchen Cabinet Color Combos That Really Cook

Built-in bookcases and a window seat frame the one window in this master bedroom. | Photo: Mark Lohman Paint (walls): 3005-7C Woodlawn Lewis Gold, @Valspar

A 1900 House With a Comeback Story

Adding bookshelves in the master bedroom created a snug spot for a cushioned window seat. | Photo: Mark Lohman

A 1900 House With a Comeback Story

Build a basic banquette from a frame of 2x4s clad with paint-grade ¾-inch plywood. Layer a 1x2 over a 1x4 to create the stepped-up trim. | Photo: Peter Margonelli/Photoshot

27 Creative Kitchen Upgrades

Check out this brilliant DIY closet on a budget makeover from Kelly @ Nice job!

*Girly-Glam Closet Makeover REVEAL!* - * View Along the Way *

This half-wall and colonnade creates a transition area from the front door into the house. The base and columns were found at salvage stores.

Readers' Clever Upgrade Ideas That Wowed Us II

Triple bunk beds maximize space in this two-bedroom house for a family of five. Via

Girls' Room Triple Bunk Bed

Do you have a cozy wall space begging for a built-in bed? If so, has your plans...right here. Cute, huh? |

DIY Built-In Storage Bed

In this kitchen office, a desk and paperwork hide behind flipper doors that swing open and slide back.

A Kitchen Renovation Adds Charm Using Smart Savings

Two walls of windows brighten the cozy breakfast nook of the 2011 Southern Living Idea House. |

2011 Southern Living Idea House

From BCP Architecture, this cozy attic sleeping quarters with built-in beds. |

We're loving the way ramblingrenovator... turned an awkward corner radiator into a room focal-point with the addition of a custom slatted window bench and bookcase. |

Rambling Renovators: Window Bench & Bookcase In One

Create a kitchen conversation piece by repurposing a fabric-covered headboard with nailhead trim. Or custom-build one of your own; to find the how-to, go to | Photo: courtesy Dana Wolter Interiors/Jean Allsopp Photography

27 Creative Kitchen Upgrades

From, a lovely built-in twin bed along with plenty of storage underneath and free plans you can download to create your own. |

DIY Built-In Storage Bed

Salvaged drawers and prefab bookcases form the basis of this welcoming window seat. | Photo: Nathan Kirkman |

7 Charming DIY Home Change-Ups on The Cheap

Bloggers Courtney and Bill Affrunti chronicle their DIY home-transformation adventures at including this kitchen island fabricated from prefab IKEA bookcases. |

9 Creative Low-Cost Upgrades From Our Favorite Bloggers

See how this blank wall was transformed with secondhand bookshelves, trimmed out and backed in nautical blue paint. |

Built-In Book Storage for $197

Built-in open shelves at either end of this tub make use of dead space behind the wall and offer a convenient spot for stashing towels and bath accessories. | Photo: Wendell T. Webber |

Fresh Start for a Master Bath

Low shelves lining the perimeter of this Craftsman Bungalow keep cookbooks handy. | Photo: Victoria Pearson |

Recrafting a 1915 Craftsman

Whether tucked into a wall or under a staircase, a built-in bed can become welcome space for overnight guests, a play area for kids or a reading nook for literature-lovers of all ages. | Photo: Jon Jensen |

Designer Tricks for Small Spaces

This boat-inspired sleeping nook, featured in Coastal Living, has built-in storage and a hidden trundle below for sleepover guests, maximizing limited space while displaying trinkets collected from travels. | Photo: Jonny Valiant |

Soothing Beachy Bedrooms