Six unlikely places to stow those extra books.
Just when you think you’ve run out of room for a bookcase, think again. We found six highly unusual and intriguing locations for shelves that can do job one and even help improve the architecture of a room. Using dark wood unifies the enormous bookcase built under the roof in a European attic room [top] and gives it a dynamic shape. This could work in a bonus room, even with a lower ceiling.
Everyone’s loves an inexpensive headboard solution, especially one that’s practical. In this tiny room, the bed is cannily pushed right up against the window while the low headboard floats in the center — with a bookcase in back. The flat top is also a great place to put objects that normally would go on bedside tables.
A shallow space between two uneven walls is just deep enough to sandwich in shelves. Walls with troublesome bump outs can even be disguised this way.
A low corner bookcase below windows can double as a seat or a well-lit spot for displaying collectibles.
Connecting a bookcase above a pair of doors helps unify the wall, especially if it also is built down in the space in between. These pocket doors were built into old frames. Curtains in the next room serve to conceal them and block out drafts.
While I find staircases without rails just a little scary, they are stunning. Partially recessing this bookcase takes advantage of normally dead space and maximizes the visual impact.