Use a wedge-shaped built-in—a colonial-era favorite for cramped dining rooms—to squeeze storage into untapped angles. Here, glasses and serving dishes on open shelves are within reach of the table. Cabinet doors below keep less-display-worthy necessities hidden from view.
Tip: "Designed to fit a particular space, built-ins add architectural appeal, plus storage and an extra prep or serving area away from busy kitchen traffic. A piece of furniture can't do all that." —Doreen Schweitzer, Interior Designer, Naperville, Ill.