Extra storage space always seems to come in handy. Built-in shelving helps organize and store your books and other belongings in a way that adds warmth and character to your home. Built-in shelving is a sign of a well-built home. Lower quality homes, in contrast, typically have bare walls with few or no built-in amenities. This requires homeowners to buy and store everything in furniture that’s not attached to the home. The end result is a sense of impermanence and lack of coziness.
Built-in shelving can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. My experiences include building a simple angled corner unit (painted plywood with ¼” wood edging), an elegant antique looking kitchen shelving unit made out of whitewashed 6/4” beetle kill pine with exposed joinery, and an entire wall of southwestern style adjustable shelves made with white cedar. I bought a whole pallet of cedar fencing at a reasonable price, and paid to have it thickness sanded after gluing the boards into panels. The final design was very understated with just a simple southwestern decoration along the top. The natural warm color of the cedar bookcases harmonized perfectly with the rough sawn cedar herringbone ceiling, peeled pine vigas, oak floor and ‘doeskin’ color walls.