It may only measure three-quarters of an inch, but the difference between free-standing and built-in shelves can be immense. It can also add a sense of permanence, an illusion of greater space and surprising depth to any room. However, custom-built shelves are a costly proposition.
Surprise! The Internet has discovered an affordable solution using IKEA's Billy bookshelves, some molding, and a can of paint. (OK, not the Internet at-large, but JustAGirlBlog.com for the lovely example pictured above.)
The Inspired Room has rounded up a set of built-in Billies (see one below) that should provide a touch of inspiration for how to liven up your entryway or accent your corner without eating up valuable floor space.