5 Ways to Fake Built In Shelving

One of the things I love about older homes are all the built-ins.  I’m guessing I’m not the only one who has dreamed of a Craftsman cottage with sturdy bookshelves   flanking the fireplace and cabinets with leaded glass doors in the hallway, right?  Well, a lot of us had to let that dream go when we moved into our builder basic suburban subdivision homes.  Luckily, it’s still possible to add character, charm, and storage space into our homes without hiring a carpenter or moving into a historic home.  In fact, getting a few built ins of your own is as easy as getting creative with inexpensive shelving from a big-box store.  Just take a look at these 5 Ways to Fake Built In Shelving.

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1.  Bookcase with a Bump-out

Over at the Mini Manor, Ashli and her husband figured out how to turn Ikea Billy shelves into a custom shelving unit that looks like it was original to their home.  They provide a fantastic tutorial (with diagrams!) so that you can do the same.

2.  Breakfast Nook Bench

I love window seats, so I was fascinated to see how Aubrey and Lindsay at Little House Blog turned inexpensive Ikea cabinetry into extra seating in their breakfast room.  Now they have a pretty place to sit and concealed shelving–impressive!

3.  Character-Adding Closets

The wardrobe shelves flanking the bed at Young House Love add character and interest to the formerly flat wall behind the bed in this bedroom, along with extra closet space.  The inexpensive shelves fake the look of real built-ins with the addition of molding and pretty fabric fronts.

4.  Tall Library Shelving

Kate, the Centsational Girl, got just the custom look she’d been dreaming of by turning four Ikea Billy shelves into one tall wall of shelves.  She provides an easy-to-follow tutorial so that you can do the same.

5.  Mudroom for Less

Been drooling over pictures of mudrooms with handy built-in shelving units?  Better Homes and Gardens is at your service, with details on how you can use in-stock Ikea shelving to make these amazing mudroom lockers for only $324!

Which area of your home could benefit from the addition of fake built-ins?

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