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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.

16 Ways to Customize Your Deck

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

Lavender Gray: Built in Dresser
  • Mary Henry

    I want these in my bath!!

  • Angela Passaretti

    BRILLIANT - thank you - I have two closets without doors that I'm going to transform into dressers on the bottom half - solves a big problem for me!

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