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Nothing puts your square footage to better use than a built-in.

Whether that means a desk framed within a seldom-used closet or a bookcase tucked into a niche beside the fireplace, built-ins maximize every available inch in your floor plan.

Positioned directly under the sill, they add visual heft to what the designer considered to be an overly small window that was the sole focal point at the end of a long hallway.

A similar under-window cupboard could hold linens off a bedroom or extra towels and toiletries outside a bathroom.

Floor-to-ceiling shelves on the hallway side of the built-in create even more usable space, while a recessed toekick on the kitchen-facing side helps give the entire piece an elegant, furniturelike look.

IDEA: The beauty of built-ins is that you can customize them to work best for the people who will use them most.

The top drawers hold office supplies, the middle ones are for hanging files, and the bottom ones stow newspapers and catalogs until they're ready to be dumped into the recycling bin.

Cubbies above the desktop are for organizing mail and cookbooks, and the latched doors up top hide phone books.

You don't have to spend a fortune to get those good looks and the improved functionality, either.To retrofit an existing bedroom for a built-in desk, you could colonize a closet or steal space from an adjoining room for a bumpout.For a child's room, build with an eye toward the future: The desk is sized just right for a youngster, about 27 inches off the ground, as opposed to 30 inches for adults.This homework station in a boy's bedroom was designed by architect Jay Haverson to fit inside an alcove between a clothes closet and a bathroom.

In new construction like this, framing out the area is simple.

Don't forget to include power outlets and phone and data lines nearby.