Living Room: Dreaming of Built-Ins

I’ve got a bit of eye candy to share with you on this *almost* holiday weekend.  You have probably heard me mention a time or two that we’d love to eventually add built-ins to the back wall of our living room.  The one that currently looks like this.

Back Wall Now Angle

I think built-ins would be a great use of space in an area of our living room that doesn’t get much use, and to be honest, I’m ready to recycle some of the images from our gallery wall to other areas in the house.

Unfortunately built-ins can be expensive if you pay a contractor to build them, time-consuming if you build them yourselves, and can look cheap if they’re not done right. We’re mulling over some ideas to get the look we want for less (including searching Craigslist for several solid wood bookcases we can modify on our own) and dreaming of what this wall might look like someday in the future.

Since I’ve been spending lots of time looking at built-ins on Pinterest (email me if you need an invite!), I thought I’d share a few of our favorites and our thoughts on the different styles out there.  If you’re curious about any sources, just click on the picture and it will take you there!

Floor-to-Ceiling Shelves: These would be the easiest to do if we bought bookcases and modified them ourselves.  We want white built-ins, but we’re considering painting the backs of the shelves to add interest.

Square vs Rectangular Shelves: We wouldn’t be against going square if we came across a great deal.  It looks like these shelves could even be removed if we wanted to take them with us when we move.

Concealed Storage Below: Who are we kidding?  As soon as there are little Heards running around this place, we’ll probably want all the hidden storage we can get!  This style might take a bit more time and money, though.

Built-in Desks or Seating Areas: One option to cut costs on the hidden storage solution would be to add a desk or seating area in the center of the built-ins, reducing the number of shelves and material necessary to get ‘er done.

Do you have a favorite image above?  Any favorite built-in images I’ve missed, or styles we might like?  We’ll continue our hunt for the perfect solution to our built-ins, and in the meantime I’ll be squirreling away favorite images so we’ll know exactly what we want when the time comes!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  To those of you in the US or Americans abroad, I wish you a happy and safe 4th of July! Check back on Tuesday for the lastest and greatest from Heardmont.

This entry was posted in building, living room and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

10 Responses to Living Room: Dreaming of Built-Ins

  1. Morgan says:

    Meredith! I am so with you on this! I have been wanting some built-ins for behind the couch, but like you said having them put in is soooo expensive. Right now I just have some cheap bookshelves behind our couch and I’ve been hoping to work on them to make them look nicer. Maybe by adding some trim. Who knows? I’m excited to see what you guys come up with!

  2. Jenny B. says:

    I’ve been dreaming of built-ins lately too! I love the ones with the backs painted. I’m thinking of hitting up the Habitat Re-Store for some cabinets that I can use in a craft room/office/school room. I don’t know, though, since it will be in our formal dining area, which is highly visible. These are my favorites:
    home office wall
    formal living room turned craft-opia

  3. Nora says:

    For the DIY version of the built-ins, I can totally see cabinet base, modified bookshelf top. My grandmother has a large buffet in her dining room that I recently learned was just the bottom half of kitchen cabinets with tile on top. You could do the same thing, just use wood instead of tile, then add book shelves and paint the whole thing for a unified look.

    I love the painted back! My mom just painted her small one with a cream off-white in the back and even that makes a big difference. YHL has such pretty ones too!

  4. Kristal says:

    I LOVE the built ins that go all the way down the hall. That’s so neat…and a great use of space!

  5. Lindsay says:

    I love built-ins. I wish I had them in our loft area. We have this never-ending list of what we will have in our ‘next home’. You know how that goes. Thanks for the beautiful pictures, so inspiring!

  6. Samantha says:

    I love the light blue painted one and the entire nursery….oh my gosh that nursery is so delicious!!

  7. Katrina says:

    so many pretty built-ins, you MUST check out Russent Street Reno – Sarah and her hubby did built ins in thier den diy and they turned out amazing!!

  8. Katie says:

    Love the pictures! I am dying for built ins in our family room as well, but I think they are a few years off for us. Hopefully I can learn from your experiences by the time it is my turn to install some.

  9. My desk is always messy, if you can keep yours clean — go for it! Otherwise, I’d skip the desk aspect of built-ins. But, here are some great built-ins from Making it Lovely (scroll down to Library).

  10. I would LOVE some built-ins! So jealous of the ones my husband has in his office. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *