Built-ins on a Budget: DIY Ways To Get the Look Without a High Pricetag

Built-ins on a Budget: DIY Ways To Get the Look Without a High Pricetag

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Katie Holdefehr
Oct 18, 2016
(Image credit: Houzz)

For those of us who love homes with character and architectural interest, built-ins are highly coveted features. Shelving units, cabinets, benches and desks that have been built right into the walls show an attention to detail that newer homes often lack. But don't worry! You can still get the look in a brand-new house (or even a rental) without an expensive renovation. The secret formula? Just mix affordable furniture with some DIY magic.

(Image credit: The Makerista)

Believe it or not, this "built-in" is actually several IKEA BILLY bookcases. After securing the three pieces to the wall, adding decorative trim, and brushing on a coat of white paint, The Makerista styled the new wall unit with books, art and plants.

(Image credit: BHG)

In this other remarkable IKEA hack, BHG surrounded a bed with IKEA kitchen cabinets. Leave the backs off the cabinets to let the wall color behind peek through.

(Image credit: Houzz)

For a sleek, Scandi-style built-in, choose cabinets with white fronts and minimal hardware. In this country cottage in the Netherlands found via Houzz, a BESTA storage unit fits snugly between two slim closets.

If you already have an alcove in your home, then half the work of a built-in has already been done for you. Graphic designer Tracey Folk cut shelves to fit the alcove to the left of her fireplace, giving the impression that they were in the home's building plan all along. Get all the details on Elle Decor.

(Image credit: Little Green Notebook)

By the looks of this polished room, you'd never guess that the bookcases weren't originals. To give the impression that the bookcases have lived there forever, Jenny Komenda from The Little Green Notebook added some brilliantly deceptive trim to the tops.

(Image credit: Perfectly Imperfect)

To make this new window bench seem like it was built with the house, Shaunna from Perfectly Imperfect sized it to fit the length of the window, then painted it to match the adjoining cabinets.

The shelves and storage cabinet inserted into the alcove in this home from AD Russia is another example of the beauty of working with your home's architectural details. To DIY the look, custom cut floating wooden shelves to fit snugly into your space.

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