Renovation Inspiration: Make the Most of Your Bedroom with Smart Built-Ins

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Thinking about renovating? Most people focus the lion's share of their budget on kitchens and bathrooms, but a little money, invested wisely, can make a big difference in your bedroom, too. This is especially true in a small bedroom, where a few judicious built-ins can add lots of character and storage space, too. Read on for some of our favorite ideas for built-ins in the bedroom.

Pictured above: we love the built-in bookcases surrounding the closet door in this bedroom spotted on Fantastic Frank. The extra thick shelves make everything look so classy.

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Built ins make this small bedroom (seen in The New York Times) super efficient. On one side, cabinets frame the bedroom door and a built-in headboard. On the other side of the room, even more cabinets surround a french door that leads to the outside. Drawers under the bed allow for even more storage.

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Incorporating a vintage wardrobe adds interest to a wall of cabinets. Photo from Dering Hall.

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What could be better for a book lover than falling asleep surrounded by bookcases? The shelves also create a nice little nook around the bed. Photo from Jaregui Architecture via Houzz.

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Here's another variation on the same theme — this bed is also flanked by bookshelves, but these are recessed into the wall, for a more modern look. Image from Belle Vivir.

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In this photo from Design New Jersey, built in cabinets frame a window seat.

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I love how wonderfully simple this one is — just a shelf recessed into the space above the bed. Architectural Digest via Dustjacket Attic.

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Here's a great solution for a small bedroom: wardrobes on either side of the bed, and cabinets above. Image from Lola Lina.

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Here's another take on the same notion, but with actual closets framing the bed. The little niche to the side of the bed is a nice touch — it serves the function of a nightstand, without taking up any space. And we're loving that Josef Frank print behind the bed — but who wouldn't? Image from House Beautiful.

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This built-in desk looks like the perfect spot for inspiration to strike. From Jessica Helgerson Design.

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If space allows, a bed built into a nook is wonderfully cozy. From BHG.

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We love this idea: a built-in 'headboard' that creates a shelf above the bed. So lovely and minimal and useful. From Woman magazine.

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There are all kinds of things going on here — a ledge and shelves behind the bed. Image from Taffetas.

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Here's a great way to work in a little storage without taking up too much visual space: add a long, low console under a window. The way the top of the storage flows into the window sill makes the look especially neat. From Living Etc.

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Another recess behind the bed — a great place to casually prop up a few photos. Image from Bostad.

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And lastly, this idea is a bit more complicated than some of the others, but we love the look. Here, the head of the bed is recessed into a little 'room' created for that purpose. Storage along the sides of the bed niche allows for a place to stash stuff, and a ledge provides a home for art. Image from Design Ville.

(Image credits: Fantastic Frank; New York Times; Dering Hall; Jaregui Architecture; Belle Vivir; Design New Jersey; Architectural Digest; Lola Lina; House Beautiful; Jessica Helgerson Interior Design; BHG; Woman Magazine; Taffetas; Living Etc.; Bostad; Design Ville)

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