Fifteen Gorgeous DIY Built In Projects!

May 31, 2019

I'm hoping to get a TON done on the office built ins this weekend! 

Because bookcases and shelves and everything "built in" are on my mind, I've gathered a round up of 15 AWESOME do-it-yourself built in projects I think you'll enjoy. 

I was blown away by the great ideas and execution of my fellow bloggers, as always! You'll find links below each photo to the full tutorials. Enjoy!

Cristina ALWAYS knocks it out of the park. Her wall of built ins in their family room is just stunning: 
Long wall of built ins around TV

She has some major skills. I know this took so much work, but wow was it worth it!

Jaime is another talent, and at first glance you might think you need more advanced DIY skills to pull this one off: 

Built in custom look using IKEA dresser

But I think you'll be surprised to see what she used to create these. Brilliant, pure and simple!

Aren't these built in lofted beds just the coolest?: 
Built in loft bed with drawers and desk

I especially love all of the storage, and the built in desk too. So much function that takes up very little floor space! 

My friend Chris shows you how to make a beautiful wall of bookcases using items from IKEA:
IKEA Billy bookcase wall of built ins hack

They look completely custom! She recently painted them black and they look even more amazing now.

If you want more function in your entry space, this is an awesome tutorial for mud room built ins: 
DIY mud room bench and storage

The upper storage would look great over a desk too! 

Kim created built ins around a beautiful window and it makes the whole wall a statement now: 
Built in bookcases and seat around window

You know my favorite part is the window seat! :) 

If you have cabinets with open wall space above, this is great way to add some additional character: 
Adding shelving above built in cabinets by fireplace

The walls were empty before she added the shelving -- love how those turned out! Looks like it was always meant to be that way. 

My friend Beth used cabinets for her bases as well, but added a pretty "X" detail I love: 
Entertainment unit with bookcase and "X" detail

That wallpaper is so pretty too! It looks so good against the white cabinets.

Tara created some separation and privacy by adding this half wall of bookcases: DIY half wall bookcase by stairs

I did a half wall bookcase in our old house and it's a GREAT way to add character to a home!

If you are barn door fan, this is the built in for you!:
Barn door entertainment unit hide TV

The best part of this built in entertainment unit is you can hide the TV behind the doors!

I LOVED these next two bathroom ideas! This one was originally just an open nook with wire shelves. What a beautiful upgrade!:
Adding built in shelves to nook in bathroom

And this one was a small closet -- now it's oozing with character with those pretty wood shelves:
Turning bathroom closet into open shelves

I've always loved bookcases flanking a doorway. What a great idea that adds a custom look for sure:
DIY built ins flanking doorway

Brittany created small built ins that needed to function well for her kid stuff, but they look great too!:
Modern wood built in for sport supplies

I love that she created so much awesome storage out of such a small space!

And finally, this pantry makeover is a great idea! If you love the look of built ins in the kitchen, I think this is just lovely:
turning pantry into built in unit

The storage inside is even better! Go take a look!

Stacy's DIY bookcases are AWESOME!:
DIY bookcases around window

Oh I love them! They remind me of the bookcases we built in my son's room (but these are even better). Now I'm thinking I need to add the cubby above the window as well. I love that look.

Brit's fabulous window seat project is stunning and so well done: 
window seat with bookcases
I watched this progress over time and the reveal did not disappoint (those lights!). I love that they DIYed this project as well! It is a favorite window seat of mine -- you know how I love them!

I LOVE how Jenn took an underutilized nook in their house and created this awesome built in entertainment center
DIY built in entertainment center
Can you believe all the extra storage? Love how it incorporates the TV and it doesn't' stand out as much.

Stephanie's home office redo stopped me in my tracks:
wall of bookcases office
Those bookcases are everything!! Love every bit.

I have mud rooms on the brain (I’m starting ours, finally!!) so I was salivating over Brit’s beautiful built ins


Seriously – this gets me so excited!

You KNOW I love Mandie’s new wall of bookcases! Look at all of that storage!: 
wall of bookcases
Love how they staggered the shelves a bit instead of having the uniform across. And that blue color with the white built ins is so pretty. 

Anne’s mud room built ins had me giddy:

mudroom built ins to ceiling

Holy cats. They did such an amazing job. And I LOVE those bright, pretty drapes in the room too. It is just gorgeous.

Jaime has the greatest craft/homework area, especially with the addition of these Ballard Designs lookalike wall shelves:

DIY wall hutch ballard designs

Going UP is the key to getting the most storage out of a space – this is fantastic!

I'm all about bookcases, as you may be able to tell from my latest DIY project, and Amy's idea had hearts fluttering out of my eyes:

She transformed an unused peninsula in her kitchen to some awesome storage with some store bought bookcases. Brilliant! 

Hope you enjoyed this built in/bookcase project round up. SO many beautiful ideas, they get my mind turning for more projects! ;) Have you attempted a similar project in your home?

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  1. Love them all! Thanks so much for sharing, I'm going to spend hours checking out these DIYs now, haha! 💕💕

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