The Beauty of Built-Ins

When you’re reorganizing your home or office — or retail space for that matter — it’s not just about function. It’s also about form. Any space, no matter how tight or unique, can be customized to showcase or store your favorite things in an aesthetically pleasing, fabulously you kind of way.

A beautiful built-in can increase the value of your home, inspire you to stay organized, and give you happiness and satisfaction every time you lay eyes on it. But where do you start (and can you afford it)?

1. Get creative, and DIY, with your current spaces: Contrasting colors or wallpapers add pop to cabinet or shelf interiors; under-shelf lighting is functional and adds ambiance. Even new knobs and hinges can bring new life to your space.

2. Then look outside the closet at those in-between spaces. Everyone has in-between spaces. Use ‘em! Build a ledge to follow the stairs, add a window seat with storage to your family room, swap the entertainment center for a custom built-in that hides your cords and displays the fun stuff.

3. Go online for ideas. Pinterest has tons of ideas for cabinets, pantries, shelves, vanities, fireplace mantles, cubbies, entertainment centers, room dividers, and bookshelves. While you search for ideas, consider: purpose and function; materials used to bring these ideas to life; color palettes and textures you love.

4. Get personal. You can buy ready-made just about anything (welcome to Kansas City, IKEA!). But when you’re creating something just for you, you can get personal. Make your space fit you and the things you value.

5. Create a detailed plan. Once you have a good idea about what you want from your space, talk to a carpenter. A carpenter can solve space problems with creativity and style — and turn your ideas into a reality. A carpenter can also help make your ideas fit with the architecture of the building.

6. Consider the cost. But don’t be afraid of it. Most carpenters will give you an estimate based on time and materials. Here are some ideas to fit custom into your budget:

  • Hardwood, such as clear maple, hickory, walnut and oak, is perfect for sanding and staining — but may cost two to five times more than softer woods. If you’re going to paint it, choose a less expensive softer wood, like pine.
  • Consider reusing wood you already have, such as an old door. Just remember the labor involved in planing and sanding wood that doesn’t come with smooth edges has some additional cost.
  • Ask about completing the project yourself. You might do the sanding and staining, painting, hanging, or knob installation on your own. Save money while leaving the big stuff to the expert!

Whether you do it all yourself or hire an expert to help, creating a beautiful, well-organized space can make getting organized a whole lot more fun.

Need some help with ideas? Or did you get stuck in the middle of a project? Zaarly can help. We love to build things that make life better! Find a service provider today.

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