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February 3, 2015
Integrated cabinets, shelves, and seating can do wonders for any-size space—to follow are 10 clever ways to carve out extra storage.
modern sea ranch coastal living dining area douglas fir black walnut dining table

Norman Millar and Judith Sheine designed the built-ins in the living-dining area of their home in the Sea Ranch enclave in Northern California. They were made from vertical-grain Douglas fir. Vintage Dutch industrial chairs are arranged around a black walnut dining table that, like the madrone coffee table, is by Urban Hardwoods.

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Originally appeared in Modern Home Joins a Storied Site on the Pacific Ocean
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living room trailer malibu

Sofie Howard recruited Commune designer Steven Johanknecht to outfit her Malibu trailer. He introduced custom built-in daybeds with storage beneath; more built-ins flank the small window. The carpet-fragment pillows are from Commune, as is the table, designed by Joshua Tree–based sculptor Alma Allen. The poster is by Mike Mills.

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Originally appeared in A Modern Beachside Trailer Home in Malibu
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How House by Rudolph Schindler is an architecture gem on a Los Angeles home tour

The living room of Rudolph Schindler's 1925 How House, featuring built-ins and lamps designed by the architect. Photo by Jessie Askinazi.

Originally appeared in MAK Center 20th Anniversary Celebration
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In addition to wood and concrete, the other main material in the house is quarter-inch single-pane glass: No room is without a natural light source, whether from skylights, mitered corner windows, or clerestories, as in the old bedroom of the Kappes' son

At architect Ray Kappe's home in Los Angeles, built-ins abound and include a perfectly sized sleeping nook.

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Originally appeared in Ray Kappe-Designed Multilevel House in Los Angeles
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George Nelson–inspired built-in shelves in midcentury Portland home

In his Portland home, Ty Milford peruses a book near the George Nelson–inspired built-ins fabricated by Big Branch Woodworking.

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Originally appeared in Midcentury Renovation in Portland Capitalizes on Nature with Seven Doors to the Outside
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Modern home renovation in Napa includes redwood and concrete living room with built-in bench

A concrete-block wall and a built-in bench line the living room of a midcentury house in Napa, California, where a photo by Robbins and a painting by Barry McGee hang near a Catenary chair by George Nelson.

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Originally appeared in The Midcentury Home That Maintains Its Quirkiness After All These Years
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woodwork portland renovation hideaway furniture

Custom woodwork, built-ins, and an open interior define a 520-square-foot backyard retreat in Portland. A couch—upholstered by local firm Revive Upholstery & Design—slides out on hidden casters and transforms into a full-size bed (with the headboard doubling as a linen cupboard) where guests can sleep.

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Originally appeared in Salvaged Wood Renovation in Portland
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Anderson Remodel by <a href="http://www.shedbuilt.com">Shed Architects</a>. Custom cabinetry by <a href="http://www.kerfdesign.com">Kerf Design</a>. Photos courtesy of the architects.

The Anderson Remodel in Washington State by Shed Architects. Custom cabinetry by Kerf Design. Photos courtesy of the architects.

Originally appeared in Built-In Beauty
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Custom Corner Bed in Monochromatic Copenhagen Townhouse

In a family's Copenhagen townhouse, custom details like this corner bed with built-in shelving keep the younger generation’s spaces playful, but still sophisticated. With four children, utilizing space wisely became a top priority, and the family relies on custom shelving and built-ins to keep clutter at bay. The bed is custom with IKEA frames.

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Originally appeared in Black, White, and Gray All Over: Monochromatic Copenhagen Townhouse
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In Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) cozy home of their own by redefining the functionality of walls and windowsills. Plywood built-ins help control clutter.

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Originally appeared in Built-In Style
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modern sea ranch coastal living dining area douglas fir black walnut dining table

Norman Millar and Judith Sheine designed the built-ins in the living-dining area of their home in the Sea Ranch enclave in Northern California. They were made from vertical-grain Douglas fir. Vintage Dutch industrial chairs are arranged around a black walnut dining table that, like the madrone coffee table, is by Urban Hardwoods.

Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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