While people are enamored with cell phones and large flat-panel TV screens, a finely conceived and constructed custom built-in bookcase or cabinet can fill a void in the family room, dining room, or bedroom, fulfilling many needs.
Some people just love built-in bookcases, but not everyone and especially not all spouses agree on putting white Ikea cabinets or shelves in the dining room, for example. I’ve heard stories of husbands surprising their wives, or vice versa, with Ikea items which led to serious disagreements. And who wants to return Ikea cabinets or bookshelves to the store or hide them in the basement? Reminds me of the paint store that refused to sell paint to husbands without a note from their wives, but that’s another story!
Well-built custom bookcases or cabinets can actually make a room look much roomier, especially in small spaces, adding character to otherwise plain space.
Some of my customers have come to me with pages featuring beautiful built-in bookcases and cabinets torn out of Better Home & Gardens to help me understand what they are looking for in their living space. I am always happy to discuss how we can create exactly what the client has in mind.
For some of my clients I have attached custom-made desks to bookshelves or cabinets so that a new homework area was created for a budding young student. I have also, many times, created narrow little cupboards in small, unusual, areas in a variety of rooms with excellent results.
There are many different styles of built-in bookcases and cabinets. In all cases I work hard to make sure that what we are adding is “seamless” with respect to the room’s decor. Custom bookshelves and cabinets can be made to look sophisticated or standard and can be built into walls or attached to walls and ceilings.