More Clever Spaces for Bookcases

bookcase in stairway at FallingwaterUnique 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.

hallway wall lined with steel shelving bookcase from Architectural DigestMr 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.

bookcase wall behind bathtub in bathroomIt 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.

bookcase at end of bathroom with concealed televisionDD2 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.

For more ideas see the original Clever Spaces for Bookcases, Dining Room Bookcase Walls and Problem Wall Bookcases.

(Sources:  tumblr, Architectural Digest, The Library Soup, Sroka Design Inc)

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2 Responses to More Clever Spaces for Bookcases

  1. RHome410 August 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    Finding every possible place for bookshelves… A post after my own heart, as I’m ALWAYS short on book storage. I wish we’d had room for wider hallways for storage and shelves along the side. One of my regrets.

    Not sure of books over the tub, as books and steam seem like soggy and maybe mildewy bedfellows… and I’d probably knock a whole shelf-full in the water! But a book and a soak seem a relaxing combo.

  2. Dragonmamma/Naomi August 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    I agree; books in the bathroom are a terrible idea. Even if they’re not right over the tub, the humidity from hot baths/showers will ruin them.

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