Many people, like myself, refuse to get an electronic book reader. I like to hold real books in my hands, and feel the paper as I turn the pages and smell the ink. Those with ever growing collections of books need places to keep their bound friends. This wide staircase [top] is a perfect example of a unique bookshelf location that doesn’t take up precious square footage. Frank Lloyd Wright designed this wooden stair bookcase for his famous house Fallingwater. It fills the empty space on the wall with warmth. The rounded ends of each shelves provide spaces for other kinds of display. If you’re building, plan a wider than normal stairway and you’re set.
Mr. Shops is an avid reader which we took into account when building our house. Our lower level has L-shaped hallways which are both wide. The first leg features built-in bookcases, and we added cases to the second section several years later as we needed them. The north wall in this lower level [above] has a hundred feet of steel shelving to house its owner’s extensive library. A series of ceiling lights provides the illumination needed to look through the shelves. It doesn’t have to be new construction – almost any wall (or half wall) could work.
The bathroom seems an unlikely place to house books. But a tub this large offers a place to read and the bookshelves certainly add a cozy feeling in a bath.
Our younger daughter is in the midst of a master bath remodel and will have shelves, like these, at the end of the tub. While I doubt they will hold books (towels and bath accessories are more likely), it’s certainly an option. Here, a hinged frame swings away to reveal a small television which otherwise is concealed – another clever idea.
(Sources: tumblr, Architectural Digest, The Library Soup, Sroka Design Inc)
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