Built-In Seats in the Living Room

It’s been an exciting day over here because we finally did the built-in cabinets in our living room!! This has been on my wish list since we moved in last summer and I can’t believe it’s finally done. My husband just finished this project earlier today and I couldn’t wait to take a few photos and share it with you tonight. I’m absolutely smitten with it! Let’s start with a before photo of this room:

And here’s how it looks now:

Aren’t these little cabinets so cute?! I went back and forth a ton on what to do with those empty alcoves. I wasn’t sure if we should do a full size cabinet with shelves on the wall or a shorter cabinet that could be used as a bench/reading nook. The original plan was to do the cabinet and shelves, but I just didn’t think that would look right with the window. I’m so glad I went this route instead. I feel like it fits this space perfectly. And now we have storage for all the TV components!!

Another before photo:

We actually used kitchen wall cabinets for these benches–my husband cut out the back so all the cords could go thru–and then he built on the top and bottom sections to give it more height. I really wanted a wood top, so we went with butcher block. I LOVE how the black, white and wood all flow together.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I’d love to hear what you think of our little reading nooks. xo

 

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36 Comments

  1. 4.20.21
    Maya Armijo said:

    So curious about the cost! You mentioned in your IG stories that custom cabinets would have cost $3-4k! Wowza!

    • 4.20.21
      Sarah said:

      Total came out to about $500!

    • 4.20.21
      Lorrie S said:

      I think it turned out great!

      • 4.21.21
        Heather said:

        It looks amazing! 😍

    • 4.21.21
      Carolyn said:

      Love the cabinets!!!!!

      • 4.26.21
        Sarah said:

        thank you!!!

    • 4.22.21
      Jessica said:

      What paint colors do you hae

      • 4.25.21
        Sarah said:

        Alabaster by Sherwin Williams!

  2. 4.20.21

    Sarah, as always, it is Perfection! I think it was the BEST choice for the area. It was a tricky spot, but you nailed it! Love it!

    • 4.26.21
      Sarah said:

      ah thank you SO much, Jodie! I really went back and forth a ton on what to do with those spots. So glad we went this route!

  3. 4.20.21

    Love it. Great use of space and storage is always a plus.

  4. 4.20.21
    Marcia said:

    Beautiful!

    • 4.22.21
      LORRI said:

      It was just meant to be..😍You have the best of both worlds..more seating and storage. I’m thinking if u had put cabinets, it would have been to much visual weight in yr room. You really have made your home comfortable and lovely. Alot of thought and planning has been done.. ❤

  5. 4.20.21
    Sharon said:

    They look fantastic! I love them!

    • 4.26.21
      Sarah said:

      thank you Sharon!

  6. 4.20.21
    Kim Shields said:

    Oh my goodness 😍 love, love, live how they came out. Great job.

    • 4.26.21
      Sarah said:

      really appreciate that, thank you!!

  7. 4.20.21
    Marie said:

    Absolutely everything about your home is amazingly beautiful! You truly have a gift for design and decor!!
    What a lovely home💖

    • 4.26.21
      Sarah said:

      oh you are too sweet, thank you Marie!

  8. 4.20.21
    Melanie said:

    So cute! Your husband did a good job. That was smart to use cabinets so you would have storage.

    • 4.26.21
      Sarah said:

      Yes! We really needed that storage in this room.

  9. 4.20.21
    Tanya said:

    I love how this room turned out! I find myself noticing that we have similar tastes but the house my husband and I just bought a year ago had renovations done in the previous years. We’re deciding on whether to love it or change it. Plus we have a baby on the way, due in July of this year so budget might not allow it yet but I can definitely dream through you for now!

    • 4.26.21
      Sarah said:

      Oh that’s so exciting!! Congrats on your sweet baby!!

  10. 4.21.21
    Jill Olesh said:

    Those benches make such a difference! Love them!

    • 4.26.21
      Sarah said:

      Yesssss! Such a huge difference.

  11. 4.21.21
    Andrea said:

    LOVE!!! This choice doesn’t compete with the windows…did I say I LOVE IT!!!

    • 4.26.21
      Sarah said:

      YES!! I really didn’t want to distract or make it too busy with those windows.

  12. 4.21.21
    Martha B. said:

    Hi, Sarah. I love the benches. They are the perfect complement to the fireplace without overshadowing it and I also love how beautiful and cozy you and your husband have made your home. Always look forward to your next blog.

    • 4.26.21
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Martha!! So appreciate that. xo

  13. 4.21.21
    Martha said:

    Wow! Great choice !

  14. 4.21.21
    Sharon N said:

    Very cute!! And so practical for extra storage!!
    I love your house and decor! <3

    • 4.26.21
      Sarah said:

      thanks so much Sharon!

  15. 4.22.21
    LORRI said:

    It was just meant to be..😍You have the best of both worlds..more seating and storage. I’m thinking if u had put cabinets, it would have been to much visual weight in yr room. You really have made your home comfortable and lovely. Alot of thought and planning has been done.. ❤

    • 4.26.21
      Sarah said:

      Yes I totally agree–taller cabinets and shelves would have been way too busy!

  16. 4.23.21
    Mary said:

    It looks so good! Like it was meant to be!

    • 4.26.21
      Sarah said:

      thank you so much Mary!!