Six homes with built-ins that boost storage and, ultimately, space

A two bedroom, two-bath triplex co-op at 425 East 50th Street (yours for $1.696 million) boasts a master bedroom lined with built-ins that include closets, drawers, cabinets, and bookshelves.


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Want to maximize space in your apartment (and who doesn’t in New York City)? Consider built-ins. What you give up in space, you gain in storage when your bookshelves, cabinets, drawers, and closets are incorporated into the existing walls. Here, some prime examples.

This 1,609-square-foot two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath rental at 340 East 23rd Street (priced at $8,000/month) oozes organization and efficiency with a main living area accented by a wall of custom shelves and cabinets.

Who says a dining room must be for dining only? This eating area within a three-bedroom, three-bath co-op at 1130 Park Avenue (going for $6.75 million) doubles as an office, thanks to built-in cabinets, drawers and a desk—in soothing lavender, no less!

At 252 Seventh Avenue, a three-bedroom, three-bath duplex loft at the Chelsea Mercantile (on the market for $7 million) includes a wall of floor-to-ceiling built-ins that would do any home library proud.

Built-in cabinets, bookshelves, and a desk transform the second bedroom of this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath condo at 160 West 66th Street (listed at $3.895 million) into a fully functional den/study/office for two.

Finally, painted built-in bookshelves and storage cabinets create a cozy nook for a sectional sofa in the den of this three-bedroom, three-bath condo at 200 Eat 66th Street (priced at $4.695 million).