Clever Spaces for Bookcases

bookcase ideas - bookcase built under a pitched roof in an attic room - marie claire maison via AtticmagSix clever bookcase ideas in 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 bookcase ideas for locations where shelves that can do their job 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.

bookcase ideas - bookcase built into the back of a low headboard - via AtticmagEveryone 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.

bookcase ideas - bookcase built into a wall niche - via AtticmagA 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.

bookcase ideas - corner book case built under picture windows - via AtticmagA low corner bookcase below windows can double as a seat or a well-lit spot for displaying collectibles.

bookcase ideas - bookcase built around a pair of doors - tumblr via AtticmagConnecting 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.

bookcase ideas - book case built under a staircase - via AtticmagWhile I find staircases without rails just a little scary, they are stunning. And as bookcase ideas go, this one is a gem. Partially recessing this bookcase takes advantage of normally dead space and maximizes the visual impact.

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For more ideas see Dining Room Bookcase Walls and Problem-Wall Bookcases.

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7 Responses to Clever Spaces for Bookcases

  1. Tricia Rose February 24, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    I still miss a shallow bookcase I built all along the window wall in my London bedroom – it integrated the radiator and curtain rod, I had ‘secret compartments’ behind the 9″ skirting (baseboard) and the window was beautifully framed.

  2. laxsupermom February 24, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Just the perfect inspiration to get me working on finishing my foyer separating bookshelves. Thanks for sharing.

  3. RHome410 February 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    NOW you show me that I could’ve just built a bench seat bookshelf around all those books I had lining the walls on the floor for 3 yrs, instead of building 9 ft tall bookshelves I can’t really reach. 😉

  4. Dawn @ We Call It Junkin February 24, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    I love these ideas, especially the head board. For bed time readers, what could be better? I invite you to share this at History & Home, a link-up running Tue-Fri weekly at We Call It Take care – Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

  5. Marie @ The Interior Frugalista February 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    These are awesome ideas for book cases – I especially love the stair one. You caught my eye over at the Metamorphosis Monday Party!


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