6 Creative Bookshelf Ideas For Your New Home

October 2015 In DIY & Home Improvements

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Whether packed away in boxes, dotted around the house, propped up on dedicated shelves or neatly arranged in a bookcase, it’s safe to say you probably own a collection of books.

You might be a regular reader or perhaps only read occasionally and built up a collection of books over time that you just can’t bear to part with. Maybe you have kids so have LOTS of children’s books!

Whatever your situation, you need to store your books ‘somewhere’,  so why not take the opportunity of moving into your new home to finally organise your collection into a display you’ll be proud of.

To give you some inspiration, here are 6 creative bookshelf ideas from around the web and don’t forget to refer back to your new home design to help plan your furnishings.:

1. Turn a regular shelving unit into a bookshelf bench:

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The step by step instructions to build it can be found here. You could adapt and style this for children’s rooms and use it to store other items too such as toys and games.

Pinterest also has some inspiration for this type of bookshelf.

2. Invisible book shelves if you don’t have many books or are looking for a different way to display some of your books:

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Instructions can be found here and ‘Pinspiration’ here.

3. Turn your staircase into a place to store your books:

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 Sometimes less is more and making best use of the space under the stairs could mean you don’t need to add any extra shelving or furniture to the room.

4. A picture frame bookshelf for that ‘something different’ feature:

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 Because a regular bookcase design doesn’t always make the impact you are looking for!

5. Turn your attic into a private reading room:

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 Not only is this a great way to store your collection of books, but you also get a private and quiet sanctuary to escape from it all to enjoy your reading.

6. A bookcase that your furry friends will love:

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 If you have cats, this ‘picture says a thousands words’ as the saying goes!

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