Built-In Storage: A Great Way to Increase Space and Value in your Home

Built-ins are permanent fixtures that can’t be moved the way you would a freestanding shelf unit. Like a beautifully tailored gown that flatters your figure, built-ins are made to complement your home’s residential design and increase your property value. Plus, they make storage a possibility almost anywhere—under the staircase, inside a bench, around the fireplace, in a kitchen island, or a hallway.

Here are just a few ideas on how to use built-ins to add space and value to your home:


Kitchens are the heart of the home and come with a lot of, well everything! From pots, pans and utensils to fresh food, canned goods and cookbooks. As you plan your new kitchen layout think of ways to maximize your space. For example, how could built-in bench seating or a bar style counter maximize space for your family? How could an otherwise empty wall be turned into an ideal place for storing cookbooks and displaying a precious collection of glass art?

An area next to your stove can become a handy built-in spice rack, or a TV can be tucked away in its own little nook.

The storage possibilities are endless with custom kitchen islands. Think of built-in storage space for amenities like a warming drawer, beverage cooler, or even extra cabinets.


Instead of buying bulky dressers, install custom floor to ceiling built-ins for your clothing, linens and other personal items.

Create much-needed workspace along the wall of a bedroom by installing a built-in desk, storage and shelving perfect for homework and keeping paperwork organized.


Because the bathroom is typically the smallest room in the house, storage is often at a premium. Installing built-in shelves in any unused space, particularly above the toilet, gives you plenty of room for all of your accessories and personal items.

This built-in corner medicine cabinet adds function and beauty to this small bathroom.

Family Rooms

Family rooms are often designed to be your family’s entertainment hub—where an entertainment center is the focal point of the room. In this case, built-ins are a great way to store all of your electronic equipment, as well as display books and other home accessories. Notice how this otherwise empty wall suddenly becomes the central feature of the room?


As you consider potential areas to add space in your home, don’t forget the hallways. A hallway can be the perfect area to add functional storage and display areas in an otherwise wasted space.

Transform a small wall into a beautiful display case to feature treasured articles with storage beneath.

Laundry Room

Maximize the utilitarian space in your home by adding built-in storage below a window. This can include custom cabinetry, open shelving, and even a clothing rack.

If your laundry room is near your main living space, use built-ins to maximize the beauty and function of the room by installing custom built-in counter space, storage and even a pet station for your furry family members.

If you’re looking to maximize storage space, create additional display areas, eliminate bulky furniture or just create beauty and visual interest to your home, then built-ins are a perfect solution.

Ready to talk built-ins? Acton ADU would love to help you begin the process of budgeting, designing, and building your ideal space. Contact Acton ADU today to start a conversation about your home.

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