Putting up built-in shelving in your home can add a ton of value and aestheticism.  It can also be a daunting task to undertake.  DIY seems overwhelming, but having it built for you seems like a budget-buster.  The truth is, it doesn’t have to be either!  You can do some amazing things with DIY built-ins that will give you character, storage, visual interest AND you don’t have to worry about your wallet either.

Get the built-in looks of your dreams on a budget with these 15+ DIY Built-In Shelving Ideas featured on Remodelaholic.com

Whether you’ve got a small space you want to maximize, a huge wall you don’t know what to do with, an awkward niche or a TV or fireplace wall you want to transform, don’t be afraid to tackle the DIY built-in shelving of your dreams!  Here are some DIY built-in shelving ideas to get you started.

25 DIY Built-In Shelving Ideas for Your Home

Update a brick fireplace with gorgeous built-ins!

Fireplace Remodel with Built-in Bookcase // Beautiful Mess on RemodelaholicFireplace Makeover with builtins made from stock cabinetry (1)

Go all out with this large wall of built-in shelving made from scratch!

DIY Built-in Wall Unit Shelving from Scratch // Lemon Thistle

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Make use of a narrow hall by installing built-in mudroom shelving.

Extra Narrow Built-In Mudroom Shelving // The Creativity Exchange

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Turn a closet or entertainment center nook into a functional built-in media console with this IKEA hack!

RAST Built-in Media Center // Ellis and Page on Remodelaholic


If you’ve got an awkward opening or niche somewhere use this great idea to create some separation while still maintaining an open feel.

Awkward Opening Built-Ins on the Cheap // Vintage Revivals

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A built-in closet adds so much storage! Can you believe this started with some basic IKEA furniture?

DIY Built-In Closet // Remodelaholic

Add some storage to the kitchen – and who doesn’t need more storage in the kitchen?

Over-Cabinet Built-In Shelving // Bright Green Door

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Add IKEA shelves to a dated TV nook for an affordable and easy built-in shelf and desk.

IKEA Bookcase to Built-In Desk // Domestically Speaking on Remodelaholic

4 Built In Desk Nook From Ikea Bookshelf By Domestically Speaking Featured On @Remodelaholic

Turn wasted space into a tidy, functional built-in nook with floating shelves.  This is especially handy for the bathroom or hallway!

Floating Shelf Nook Built-In // Love Create Celebrate

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Looking for ways to do several walls of built-ins on a budget?  Here’s the scoop on an office area full of inexpensive ideas.

Budget-Friendly Built-Ins // The Creativity Exchange

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Add an easy bit of built-in storage to your entryway drop zone with a floating built-in table.

DIY Built-In Entryway Table with Board and Batten // Lehman Lane on Remodelaholic

How To Build A Space Saving Built In Entryway Table Lehman Lane On @RemodelaholicStarting with a few stock cabinets and creating some chunky bookcases, you can transform your walls into a great bookcase area with built-in lighting as well!

Bookcase Wall with Lighting // Addicted 2 Decorating

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This quaint corner bookshelf is perfect for small spaces and for utilizing as much area in a room as you can!

Built-In Corner Bookshelf // Remodelaholic
(and click here to read how to install regular built-in bookshelves, too)

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Built-in cabinets add so much storage to a playroom!

Playroom Built-in Storage Cabinets // Delightfully Noted on Remodelaholic

You can turn an inexpensive Ikea unit into a built-in with a few tweaks.

Billy Bookcase turned Built-in Unit // Run to Radiance

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Ikea comes to the rescue again!  Here’s an awkward space for a built-in that turned out to be the perfect spot!  If you’ve got built-in dreams and some architectural elements standing in your way, check out this post.

Ikea Besta Living Room Built-In // A Kailo Chic Life

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Add some amazing bookshelves PLUS hidden TV storage with this custom DIY built-in!

Built-In Fireplace Surround and Hidden TV Nook // Our Home Notebook on Remodelaholic

Make a truly cozy spot, one that’s perfect for your personal needs, with customized built-ins – and do it with an Ikea budget.

Reading Nook Built-In Bookshelves from Ikea // Bright Green Door

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Get a high-end look with just a fraction of the cost by using – you guessed it – Ikea bookshelves.  You can create a whole media wall with extra built-in storage.

Pottery Barn Inspired Built-Ins from Ikea // Remodelaholic

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This cute mudroom went from highly dysfunctional to amazing with some recycled cupboards!

Cabinet Shelves from Recycled Cupboards // Just Call Me Homegirl

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Built-ins aren’t just for living rooms and family rooms — you can add so much storage to your laundry room, too!

Built-in Laundry Unit + Shelving // CK and Nate on Remodelaholic

Built In Laundry Unit With Shelving Seesaws And Sawhorses On Remodelaholic

A super basic build will give you this great desk and shelves – and you can use a little molding to make it really pop.

Built-In Desk and Shelves // AKA Design


Or you can start with kitchen cabinets and build a double built-in desk, too!

Wall-to-Wall Built-In Desk and Shelves // Home is Where My Heart Is on Remodelaholic

Make your fireplace a true focal point by adding closed and open storage.

Fireplace Built-Ins // Decor and the Dog

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Or give your fireplace an entire makeover with built-ins to boot.

Complete Fireplace Makeover with Built-Ins // Remodelaholic

Fireplace Makeover With Built In Shelving Construction2style On Remodelaholic

Where would you add built-ins in your home?

More great built-in ideas:


DIY Built-In Ideas on a Budget
Beautiful Built-Ins on a DIY Budget

Built-ins Around an Off-Center FireplaceFireplace Built-in Shelving Inspiration

How to Build a Cozy Built-In Bed Nook

25 Amazing Built-in Beds




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