Benches, Bookshelves + Breakfast Nooks: 20 Built-In Beauties You Need RN

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Wine, Dine + Unwind

Double-duty dining room and personal library? It doesn’t get much better than that, friends. This is an innovative way to milk the space you’ve got, and we can’t get over how effortless, interesting and oh-so cool the end design looks.

Arched Elegance

Character and charm cover every square inch of this home office. The space boasts a timeless design with oversized, arched windows and stunning arched built-in bookshelves to match. We’ve got a hunch that work wouldn’t feel much like work in a space this pretty.

Wowing White

The built-in bookshelves in this airy, expansive living room add some much-needed texture to the walls, while also adding a certain elegance to the space. Be sure not to overlook the other built-in beauty in this space: the firewood storage, nestled beside the marble-adorned fireplace.

Sneaky Screen Time

Tastefully adding a television to a space often feels challenging, but this room proves you don’t have to compromise style for screen time. Enter the custom, creamy white built-in unit surrounding this stone fireplace. You hardly notice the glossy screen tucked into the right corner, but it's well within view when you want to cuddle up couch-side to watch your favorite movie.

Mudroom Magic

A mudroom big enough to stash a bike in? Yes, please. The white wood paneling, built-in bench and pretty shades make this space so country charming.

Framing the Focus

White, neutral shelves are used to create symmetry in this transitional living room, drawing the eye directly to the focal points of the room. The built-ins add texture and personality (not to mention, storage!) to the space without overwhelming the room.

Classic Collegiate

Book worms everywhere are drooling over this study, tucked beneath curved stairs in this Manhattan apartment. The rich, stained wood appears collegiate and serves as a warm sanctuary to read the latest best seller and revisited classics, alike.

Unexpected Industrial

We’re accustomed to seeing built-in units in traditional or craftsman homes, but this industrial-inspired window seat and entertainment center is a welcome surprise. Sleek and modern with iron details, there’s much to admire from this design.

Extra Seating, Made Easy

This large, sun-drenched open floorplan kitchen and living space is ideal for entertaining. As any seasoned host or hostess knows, ample seating is imperative for any event. Rather than cram as many sofas and seats in the space as possible, we love how Brian Patrick Flynn built in custom seating along either side of the white-washed fireplace. And we especially love the extra storage beneath. That's a win, win for sure.

Contemporary, Curated

Throw in a curveball with your next contemporary design. The weathered, gray-washed shelving unit that frames the brick surround creates an effortless contrast against the cool, contemporary cognac leather seats and graphic wallpaper in this bright space. An unexpected touch like this keeps a room from feeling too matchy-matchy or like you’ve snagged it straight out of a showroom.

A (Book)Case of the Blues

Two large, matching bookshelves frame the back wall, complementing the blue hues in the furniture and grounding the bright, white shiplap walls of this stunning home. Using a rich, moody shade such as the blue pictured gives built-ins the appearance of having been in a space for a long, long time. In other words: character galore, people.

Sleeping on a Cloud

A built-in canopy bed that seems to hover above the floor? Oh yes, this modern bedroom pulls out all the style stops.

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Corner Office

A built-in buffet stretches the length of this bright, midcentury dining room. The wall-to-wall unit serves the space well, adding much-needed additional storage and even creating a corner office with a view by the window.

Artful Display + Room to Play

Opt out of book-only built-ins and, instead, use them to display your most prized pieces of art. Let this saturated surround inspire you to think outside the box and play with contrasting colors, layered patterns and unexpected texture.

Well-Kept Closet

Keep the chaos in your closet a well-kept secret. Take note. Floor-to-ceiling closet doors in this master bedroom have a grand effect combined with the vaulted ceiling. Most importantly, they create a clean facade to keep clothes, shoes and accessories organized. Open shelves allow the homeowner to display favorite pictures and accessories.

Built for Bacon

This fun, feminine breakfast nook serves as the perfect spot to start your day, curled up with your morning mocha (and, maybe a nice strip — or three! — of bacon, too).

Direct Eye Traffic

Paint is the perfect way to draw the eye to the most-loved features in your home. Case and point? This built-in duo, decked out in deep, dark paint. This technique ensures that guests will immediately be drawn in, and undoubtedly delighted, by the same, charming characteristics you love so much.

Book Nook

Natural wood beams, crisp white shelves, an oversized window and a pile of pillows? Talk about finding prime parking for the weekends. This soft, secluded, built-in book nook is every avid reader’s ultimate dream come true.

Get Yourself a Built-in That Can Do Both

Work, play... and/or lay? This eclectic attic space leaves that up to you to decide. On one side, we have an expansive work desk with storage drawers and lots of arm space. Beside it, we have a cushy-comfy bench with bright patterned pillows, creating the ultimate cat-nap corner.

Dive Into the Deep Blue (Desk)

Glossy and gorgeous, this built-in desk and organization unit inspires us to get stuff done, on the daily. Linen baskets create a chic, cohesive storage system, while the lacquered blue hue looks lovely alongside raspberry accents throughout.