By definition “furniture” is generally understood to mean movable pieces, however we use this term when referring to built-ins since this type of construction serves dual purposes. Serving as both architectural features as well as functional furniture, built-in furniture has been around for a long, long time dating back to the Middle Ages. But even though it has been around for centuries, the concept remains as popular as ever and can be a wonderful customization for your home.
Examples of built-in furniture include wall benches, shelving and cupboards, bookcases, mirrors, entertainment centers, window seats, closets, and even intricate fireplace mantels.
These days, it is not uncommon to see built-ins in older homes, especially those from the late 1800’s to the 1960’s. But, built-ins are gaining popularity again and you’ll see them in newer construction homes as well. Classic examples in modern architecture include bookcases and large entertainment centers, shelving built into the walls surrounding either a fireplace or a space on the wall where you can place a television. We’re also seeing built-in shelves in areas like hallways and entryways where you can display your treasures, family portraits, etc.
If your home has built-ins already, some things to consider is the upkeep. Depending on the finish of your built-ins, you may need to periodically repaint or varnish to maintain the luster of the wood. You’ll also want to check longer shelves to make sure they’re not sagging. If they are, consider replacing the sections with newer materials designed to withstand heavier objects.
Benefits of built-ins include the ability to take advantage of typically unused storage space giving you more room for your belongings, they create beautiful focal points for the rooms in which they are located, they can create more floorspace since some are actually recessed into the walls, and you can use them to create stunning displays of all your favorite things.
If your home does not have built-ins and you’d like to add them, you have a wide array of options from which to choose. From low-cost configurable solutions (think IKEA) to high-end custom woodwork, there is a solution for nearly every budget. Get creative and think outside the box. Built-ins can offer endless storage solutions and help create a beautiful floor-to-ceiling aesthetic. You can think of them as a part of your interior design, not just furniture.
If you’re not sure where to begin, we can help. At Fort Rock Construction, we’ve been assisting homeowners in the Eugene, Oregon area with home remodels, including built-ins, since 2001. Please contact us today at 541-767-1611 to see how we can help you, too.
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