Beautiful and functional, built-ins are a balm for many ills. They add value, end clutter, and answer the never-ending call for more storage space. And while typically associated with high-end custom homes, built-ins don’t have to be a big expense. If you’ve got a carpenter and some scrap lumber, you’re in business.

So take another look at the space beneath your stairs, the back entryway, the master closet, and just about every other room in your homes. Chances are, there’s a way to make more of the spaces you’re offering. To offer up some inspiration, we found projects that harness the power of built-in features in areas around the home.

Claire Easley is a senior editor at Builder.