Benefits of Built-In Bookshelves and Other Home Built-Ins
Built-ins are a great way to integrate storage and furniture into your Chicago home design. In addition to utilizing unused space, keeping your home safer, and being high-quality furniture in their own right, built-ins allow you to enjoy a fully integrated home design.
At Patrick A Finn, we love integrating built-in features into our Chicago area home remodeling projects. In this month’s blog post, we’ll outline the benefits of built-in storage and furniture. We’ll also take a look at some of our favorite home built-in features.
What are built-ins?
Built-ins integrate storage and furniture into your home’s design. Generally, this is designed as a space saving and aesthetic addition to your home.
What are some common built-ins?
One of the greatest things about built-ins is their versatility. Most storage solutions can be built into a home, meaning that possibilities are endless. Some common built-ins we see include:
- Cubby storage
- Kitchen table or booth
- Under-stairway storage
- Media or tv units
- Window benches
- Office storage
The possibilities are endless!
Built-ins leverage unused space
Every home has nooks and crannies that simply cannot be used due to them being too small or oddly shaped, including:
- Underneath stairways
- Second-story rooms where there’s a downward roof slope
- Next to other features built into your home, like a fireplace
- Underneath beds and surrounding furniture spaces
While these spaces may not be suitable for habitation, they are perfect for storage. For instance, in a bedroom this could mean a perfect place for storing bed linens.
In addition to utilizing this space, which would likely go unused otherwise, it also free up other storage areas in your home.
Built-ins make great use of space
Since they’re custom fit to the exact space, you can design storage units so they maximize storage capacity. When you buy storage pre-designed, you’ll have to find a unit that’s small enough to fit the most confined part of the space you’re placing the unit. This will invariably leave space unused.
With a built-in storage solution, this will never be a problem! Every inch of the space will be leveraged to provide the most storage possible.
They’re safer than freestanding pieces
When you buy free-standing storage furniture such as bookshelves and cubby units, they’ll always be less safe than a built-in storage solution. While it may seem like it’s stable, furniture like bookshelves have been known to fall over.
Dogs or even humans can inadvertently cause freestanding shelves or the items they contain to dangerously fall to the ground. Since built-ins are structurally part of your home, you can be sure they’ll be stable and safe.
Built-ins can be integrated seamlessly into a home’s design
When remodeling your home, ensuring aesthetic cohesion should be a top priority.
When you don’t integrate built-in features into your home remodel, you’ll have to search for storage solutions that seamlessly fit your home. While this is possible and can even lead to interesting interior designs, integrating built-ins to your space allows for a cohesive design right off the bat.
They’ll also be custom built to your exact needs — this means no searching for the bookshelf to fit your stereo or the just-right media center to fit your big screen TV. These built-in bookshelves can be built around your own signature items in mind — leading to perfect storage solutions that look great and are functional.
Built-in features are generally higher quality
There is some great stand-alone high-quality furniture available at furniture stores — but there are also a lot of low-quality items out there as well.
When you design a home remodel with a seasoned remodeler, you know the storage will be built using high-quality, long-lasting materials. Plus, since they’re built with the entire design of your home in mind, they’ll be more visually stunning.
Don’t settle with a lower-quality bookshelf when you could have one built right into the design of your home!
Defining a room
At Patrick A. Finn, we love open floor plans! We think they bring warmth and life to any home, and we find ourselves always recommending them and meeting new clients who want an open floor plan integrated into their home’s design.
One challenge to designing an open layout however is giving definition to the space so there are still distinct areas in your layout. Having home features that outline and give definition allows the room to be open while still feeling cozy and comfortable.
One way we do this is through built-in storage. Whether through a kitchen island filled with storage space underneath or a built-in bench backed up against a railing separating rooms on two different levels, built-in storage is a great way to define larger spaces.
Add visual texture to your home
Similarly, adding definition and storage provides visual texture to your home’s design.
A well placed built-in bookshelf will let your book collection shine, while office cubbies will give a home office a completely new look and feel. Your home will immediately be more charming and feel more lived-in, while still retaining the look and polished feel of a well-designed home.
Your home will retain order
With built-in storage, your home will be easier to keep organized. Integrated storage will look clean and as if it was designed to be there (it is custom, after all!).
Since you’ll be in charge of the design and placement of the storage down to every detail, you can design it with your needs and storage concerns in mind.
This will reinforce the already helpful benefits of additional storage, keeping your newly remodeled home clean and looking exactly as you hoped it would for years to come.
Work with a home remodeler who can help execute your dreams
Our years of experience remodeling homes in the Chicago area has given us a unique perspective on remodeling homes in the Chicago area. We know these houses and how to deliver the highest quality projects in the area. Contact us with any questions on custom built-ins or Chicago home remodeling!