So I posted an entry about freestanding etageres this week, so, lets compare them to built-in bookcases or storage spaces. I think each are appropriate based on how you live and what the space demands. For example, some living rooms may have recessed niches on either side of the fireplace that just scream for a built-in. A living room may be so large that freestanding etagere may fill the space and add interest. Which do you prefer built-ins or freestanding?