Creative Ideas for Book Storage


When you have enough books to make a library but not enough space, storage becomes quite challenging. You may realize that, even after storing hundreds of books in your closet, you still have many more and seemingly nowhere to put them. Fortunately, although you may not see it on first glance, many places to store books fit in with your decor and are still within reach of your guests.

A Windowsill Bookshelf

  • For individuals with little room to spare but lots of windows, consider storing books along the windowsill. Conceal the books with curtains, or open the curtains so that your guests may pick up a good book if they'd like. if you're worried about the way your window will look from the outside, store them only in the back rooms where no one viewing your house can see them.

Bedside Pillow Case Book Storage

  • Using an old pillowcase, sew 'pouches' or pockets onto the pillowcase, and attach it to the side of your bed by tucking the top beneath your mattress or even using a safety pin. You can even use iron-on letters to make the storage pillowcase look a bit more interesting. Drop the books into the pillow case for easy access for night time reading. Also try this in rooms for children for easy access to goodnight stories.

Book Sculptures and Furniture

  • Stack books to create a type of sculpture. Create towers or asymmetrical shapes--even symmetrical shapes. Better yet, stack books to create chairs or end tables. Ensure that the books are in an easy-to-reach position in case someone wants to read a book later on. For example, if you create an end table, do not place a 50-lb. television on top of it.

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