It’s generally thought that owners of old homes reap many beautiful benefits from their living space. Older homes like to show off with honeyed wood floors, thick strong trim and beautiful built in shelves and cabinets. Some people have found ways to bring these traditional elements into newer homes to give the house a storied feel, but rarely will you see built in shelves in a new home. Most seem to think that built ins are for old homes only. However, there are ways to can make your own built in shelves. No matter how old your home is, it will benefit from a little extra storage space. Take a look at these 10 ways to DIY your own built in shelves and no one will know that your home didn’t come with them.

Before you skip over the whole post, know that you don’t have to possess crazy woodworking skills to feature built in bookshelves in your home. Use IKEA bookcases that are easily pieced together and finish with a bit of trim around the top for that built in look.

Do you need more storage in your home office? Build some built in bookcases from scratch to fit your needs. Then you get to decide which shelves are for boxes, which are for books and which are for all your tchotchkes.

One of the aspects of built in shelving that makes it look original to the room is the lack of space at the ceiling. The tops are tightly trimmed with moulding to make it seem as though that built in has been there since day one. So after you finish building your shelves, make sure you trim the edges to get that authentic built in look.

Living rooms and offices aren’t the only places that can benefit from built in shelving. Make some for your playroom too! Whether custom or hacked, it will give you a space for all those bins and books that looks fabulous at the end of the day.

While you’re building, you might as well figure out how to include a reading nook into your built in shelves. That seat between the stacks will become a favorite spot for you, your kids, your dog and anyone else who comes into your home.

Maybe you’re thinking that your built in shelves need a little more hidden storage. Opt for cabinets on the bottom half instead of shelving. This option gives you the opportunity for a countertop like shelf to hold lamps and other larger pieces.

Or, go ahead and go door crazy over your shelves. With glass fronts plus solid fronts, you end up with a really neat wall of cabinets that gives you plenty of hiding space and keeping your display space. Plus it all looks so uniform no matter what you put in them.

Sometimes you have a space in your home that just screams for some built in action, like a fireplace or a wall with just your TV on it. Flank your existing element with built in bookshelves to create a cohesive traditional look you can be proud of.

Don’t have a nook to fit your built in shelves into? No worries. Build a set of library shelves out from the wall. Once you’ve installed some lights and styled the heck out of those shelves, it will feel natural in your space.

While we might envy those who own a home with high ceilings, it can be hard to style all that space well. Adding your own built in shelves can give you decorating access to all that extra head space in a snap.

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