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Design Ideas for Built-in Benches + Bookshelves

Find clever ways to maximize storage with these built-in shelves, benches, banquettes and more.

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Photo: Susan Sully

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.

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Photo: Julie Soefer. From: Marie Flanigan Interiors.

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.

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Photo: Lisa Russman Photography. From: Blanche Garcia.

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.

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Photo: Becky Kimball Photography. From: House of Jade Interiors.

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.

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