Home Office: Built-Ins Organization

I’m back to my Home Office Organization series!  After a whirlwind couple of weeks filled with joyous events (see my last WIR post for more on that if you’re curious), I had some time to finish up work on the organization of my Built-Ins.  I’ve actually had most of the cabinets’ contents set for the past year or so, but decided to dedicate time to working on bookshelf organization (check back next week for a video & post on that!).  I wanted the entire unit to look put together before I posted even though I’m mainly focusing on the storage areas of the built-ins this week.  I love the look and functionality of the final result!

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I picked this room as my office/craft room as soon as we decided we were going to buy the house over six years ago.  I started dreaming up the layout of the space soon afterwards.  I knew I wanted some type of shelving and seating area on the side of the room with the picture window, but couldn’t find the right arrangement of store bought furniture in my searches to fit the space.  I decided to design built-ins to span the entire wall with a deep window seat (a longtime dream of mine!) flanked by two bookshelf and cabinet units.  I worked with a local carpenter who made my vision a reality.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the results and am just as happy with them six years later!  The built-ins afford so much extra storage in my office and serve as a beautiful and functional space saving alternative to store bought furniture.

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It was important to me to incorporate both bookshelves and cabinets into the design.  I’ve loved the look of these types of units I’ve seen in magazines and catalogues over the years, which is where I drew my inspiration.  In order to use the space as efficiently as possible, I decided to have the unit span the entire wall.  There’s a bit more room on the left side of the window than on the right, which allowed for an extra half size cabinet on that side.  I’ve always been keen on symmetry, but this design fits the space so perfectly, I hardly notice one side is bigger than the other.

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I’ve designated each side of the built-in’s cabinets for particular storage needs.  The left side’s cabinets are dedicated to photo storage.  One cabinet holds four large white bins with handles (top left photo).  I purchased these many years ago from the Container Store, but they are sadly no longer available.  The bottom shelf bins hold items to scrapbook.  The top shelf bins hold family photos from across the generations, cartoons drawn by my late Grandfather, and extra photo frames (top right photo).  The half cabinet (not shown) is where I keep my yearbooks and binders, including my moving binder, some medical records, and Thanksgiving planner.  The right side’s cabinets are split into two categories of storage.  I keep mailing supplies in one cabinet, including boxes of all sizes and a Reisenthel Large Fabric Storage Box that holds bubble wrap, packing paper, and padded envelopes (bottom left photo).  The other cabinet has four Reisenthel Fabric Storage Boxes (two medium and two large) filled with my holiday packaging, gift wrap, crafts, and office decor (bottom right photo).  As you can see, these deep cabinets can hold quite a bit!

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The window seating area has three very roomy cubbies for additional storage.  I bought three lined laundry baskets from Target (no longer available) when the unit was first installed.  These baskets are the perfect width for the cubbies, but there is still quite a bit of room behind them due to the depth of the window seat.  I’m not one to put extra space to waste!  I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect bins to sit behind the large baskets for many years and just came across the TAGstore Boxes this past week at the Container Store (bottom right image source).  I can fit two 3.2 gallon boxes with two 2.1 gallon boxes on top of them tucked into the very back of each cubby.  I love that they’re white, because they camouflage nicely with the white cubby interior so that they’re not noticeable sitting behind the baskets.  These bins are waiting to be filled for future storage needs.  In the meantime, I’m so happy I finally found the perfect storage solution for this area!

I go over my Built-Ins organization in much more detail in the video (shown below) if you’re interested in a closer look.  Check back next week for a post and coordinating video showcasing my Bookshelf Organization!

* I am not affiliated with any of the brands or stores mentioned in this blog post or video.  All opinions are my own. *

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Comments

  1. Donna V says:

    Your room is beautiful! You did a great job!

  2. Your built-ins are gorgeous! Have you read the Thoughtless trilogy by S.C. Stephens?

    • OrganizedJen says:

      I haven’t…you recommend it?

      • I would but since book tastes are so subjective, I would check out the description on Amazon to see if it’s up your alley. They were recommended to me by a friend and I have enjoyed them. :)

  3. Beautiful storage design; I’d love this for my craftroom!

  4. Michelle says:

    Your craft room is gorgeous….you have great taste! I love the paint color, the built-ins and all of the details that make the room “yours.” On anther note, I love the blog! The lay-out is crisp and clean…not cluttered like so many blogs. You’re doing an excellent job! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Minerva says:

    Great job Jen. Love this series. Getting some ideas on how to organise my room.
    Please can you direct me to the blog post on your craft caddy (I can’t find it) as I would be interested in seeing that in more detail.
    Thanks again.

    • OrganizedJen says:

      OMG! You just reminded me that I totally blanked on posting that! I will work on it & get it up this week. Thanks for the head’s up! :)

  6. Padmaja says:

    Hi Jen,
    I love your room and you have justified the interiors to match well with your wall paint colour.

    Do you normally line up the cabinets. What kind of cabinet liners do you use for your wardrobe and your cabinets in your craft room .

    • OrganizedJen says:

      I actually don’t usually line cabinets. I think it’s a nice touch, but I’ve never gotten around to it. I usually just put felt stickies on the bottom of anything that might scratch a cabinet (like baskets & bins).

  7. I love your built-ins and this whole video and accompanying blogpost!!
    What are the dimentions of your home office room?
    I’m so inspired by your home office I’d like to try to recreate something similar but am curious as to whether my home office room is large enough… otherwise I’ll just adapt down in size, but I’d still love to know the size of your home office if you don’t mind sharing :)

    • OrganizedJen says:

      I honestly don’t know. I’ve been asked about this quite a bit, though, so I might have to pull out the floor plans & try to figure it out…

  8. Michelle says:

    Hi Jen,

    I don’t know how often you read your email, but just wanted to let you know i’ve sent you an email about 5 minutes ago.
    Not to be impatient or anything, but it’s a bit important ;)

    And on subject: I love your craft room! I’m working on mine for about a week now and thanks to you I have a whole lot of ideas :)
    Can’t wait for mine to be finished and also can’t wait to see your craft closet :D hoping for a lot of ideas from that video because I have way to much craft stuff haha.

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