Unique ways to squeeze in more storage for books.
Many people, like myself, refuse to get an electronic book reader. We like to hold real books in our hands, feel the paper as we turn the pages and smell the ink. Those with ever growing collections need places to keep their bound friends. This wide staircase is a perfect example of a unique bookshelf location that doesn’t take up precious square footage. If you’re building, plan a wider than normal stairway and you’re set. Frank Lloyd Wright designed this stair bookcase for his famous house Fallingwater.
Mr Shops is an avid reader, so we took this into account when building. Our lower level L-shaped hallways are both wide. The first leg features built-in bookcases, while the second section has cases added several years later. The north wall in this lower level [above] has a hundred feet of steel shelving to house its owner’s extensive library.
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 certainly gives the room a cozy feeling.
DD2 is in the midst of a master bath remodel and will have shelves, like this, at the end of the tub. While I doubt they will hold books, it’s certainly an option. A hinged frame conceals a small television – another clever idea.