Unique Ideas On Organizing Books
Books are hard to get rid of whether we plan to read them or not, but making space for them can be a challenge. The latest trend in book storage is to not merely warehouse and organize your collection, but to turn your volumes into a part of your home's decor. Here are a few unique ideas for organizing books.
Keep It Simple
One of the freshest looks for books is floating shelves. Mount a simple and sturdy "L" bracket to a wall, and then stack books on its horizontal arm. The books appear to magically hover in midair. For a more earth-bound version, stack large books from biggest to smallest on a low end table.
Rethink Your Shelves
If you don't want to abandon traditional bookshelves, consider rearranging where they are in your home. Many book lovers combine a pair of narrow bookcases and a shelf to frame a doorway with volumes. You also can use bookcases to transform a roomy stairway landing into a book nook.
Recycle & Repurpose
You can use your imagination to give a wide variety of items new lives as unique book storage. Repurpose a single ladder to create a display with a lot of room for books, as well as a lot of style. Hang the ladder horizontally on the wall and arrange books between the upright rungs. Look for an old wood ladder for a classic look, or you can try a metal version for something more contemporary. Complement your country kitchen and organize cookbooks with wire or woven baskets. Attach them to the wall with the opening facing outward, and then fill it with your frequently used cookbooks. For a whimsical rolling display, take the long sides off a child's wagon and use it as a bookrack, or just leave a metal wagon as it is. This is a perfect idea for a child's room for books and baby toys, or you can put it in the living room to hold transportation and travel-themed books. Create some shabby chic by using an old drawer for an end table and pile books in the bottom.
Simple DIY Ideas
If you like to work on home makeovers, there are many ways to dress up your book display beyond just assembling bookshelves. Give the room a baroque touch by framing your books. Either purchase basic shadow boxes from a craft store or build your own. Then, use glue or nails attach fancy frames from a thrift store or garage sale before hanging them on a wall. More ambitious crafters can use metal plumbing pipe, elbow connectors and wall mounts to create a shelving unit. In addition to creating an instant contemporary style, it's easy to customize the size of each tier by adjusting the lengths of the pipes. You also can arrange the pipes and connectors at right angles to take advantage of a corner. Paint the pipes black for an industrial look or white for something clean and simple. You also can add shelves to hold large books.
Whether you need to keep a few books handy or want to reorganize a huge personal library, the storage options are almost endless. Just as books stimulate your mind, your book storage can stimulate your eyes and turn a regular room into something uniquely you.
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