Living in a small home can create challenges in both storage and decorating… built-ins solve both problems by using wasted floor space to create seating ares, storage and places to display your decor and mementos. And yes, you can build these yourself! We have put together some great ideas and tutorials for you on DIY built-ins to solve the small home dilemma.

Our featured post, above – City Farmhouse has an inspirational built-in for you in her dining room. This makes me want to go rip out some drywall! There is no tutorial for this project, but her styling of her DIY dining room built-ins are inspiration enough! Get some great ideas on how you can use built-ins to display.

Thrifty and Chic created DIY built-ins near her fireplace out of that awkward weird space that builders leave behind. This would work even if the alcove space extend all the way to the far wall, as I think most would in this situation. Great ideas!




When it comes to the utility spaces of our home, storage and double duty is a must in small space. This built-in idea by Home DZine creates work space in a laundry room, or laundry area in the kitchen.



Creating a home office desk built-in can be a great use of an awkward space, such as under a dormer or in a low ceilinged room such as an attic.

DIY built in desk


Just a Girl has this great DIY Billy Bookcase built-in project, that could transform a small home. Love this!

DIY bookcase built ins


Need ideas for that closet that doesn’t work? Try this idea from Ikea…


So create the space you don’t have now, by utilizing that unused space by creating DIY built-ins.

Image Credits: City Farmhouse, Thrifty and Chic, Home DZine, Pinterest, Just a Girl, Ikea


1 Comment

  1. Bob Johnson March 19, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    liked the office idea,i want to redo our area,i got some new thoughts on what I shoud be doing.
    thank you


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