No Such Thing as Too Many Books
Books don’t have to be valuable first editions to be precious. When you love books, each one is a whole world of adventure or learning captured right between the covers! You can relive cherished childhood stories, or spend time with favourite characters at the turn of a page.
Books make life richer, and there’s definitely no such thing as too many! If you’re struggling to manage a growing book collection, I have a few ideas to help, ranging from unique home storage and display to alternative self-storage options.
The challenge of keeping books is knowing where and how to display them. Most of us think of bulky bookcases on the floor, but there are better, unique alternatives to boring, standard arrangements.
Instead of standing bookcases on the floor, you could run a single bookshelf around the entire perimeter of the room. Install a floating shelf at picture rail height and this will house as many books as several traditional bookcases.
A second idea, which is a little more novel but no less decorative, is to install a bespoke shelving system above and around a doorway. You will need a shelf that’s roughly the same width as the top of the doorframe, and several more shorter shelves to fit down the length of the wall beside the door. Filled with books, this creates the illusion of a recessed doorway and can look amazing in the right setting.
The third idea is to use a traditional bookcase in an unusual way. For this, you will need an open-backed bookcase or shelving unit as you stand it perpendicular to the wall so it juts out into the room. Arrange the books so the spines face in alternate directions and it looks good from both sides. It’s a great way to create a small room divider. It’s also handy if you want to give the impression of privacy beside a work area or desk in the living room.
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Space Saving Ideas
If your living room is small but you still like the idea of more traditional book display cases, you could opt for a leaning, ladder style bookshelf. These sleek, modern designs easily slot in between existing pieces of furniture and hold a surprising number of books.
Hallways are often neglected areas, treated purely as a means to get from one room to another. But why not treat them as rooms in their own right? If your hallway is wide enough, you could line it on both sides with bookshelves. Or just have shelves down one side if your hallway is narrower.
Cubed or modular bookcases fit in really well with modern decor styles and have the advantage of being infinitely customisable. You can arrange the cube shapes and sizes in any way that best fits the available space.
If you like to keep favourite cookbooks handy, try fitting a narrow shelf to the end of the cabinets. You’ll need a narrow rail running in front of the shelf to hold books in place, and you’ll store them with their covers facing outwards. A little shelf like this is also a handy place to keep children’s colouring books or reading books if you need a way to keep kids entertained while you’re preparing food.
When your book collection threatens to overtake the house completely, it might be time to rethink your storage options. Self-storage units offer a way to hang onto favourite volumes you no longer read but want to keep. For a few special books, locker storage is a good option. For more extensive collections, you could install a few free-standing shelving units into a larger storage room for use as your own private library.
An advantage of using self-storage for books is that it gives you some time away from them. Reviewing what’s in store every so often means you can look at individual books with a fresh eye, and maybe find a few you wouldn’t mind selling for a profit – to buy more books with!
I hope you all enjoyed this post and found it useful. Let me know what some of your book storage solutions are in the comments.
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