5 unconventional ways to store your books

Despite the popularity of podcasts, audiobooks and kindles a lot of us still love a book and have a treasured few - or more - that we don't want to part with.  Quite often though they end up shoved in a dusty corner or in a storage box.  As a designer I'm always looking for ways to bring colour, interest and texture into a space - and even better if something can spark a story.  Books do exactly that but are often at the back our our mind when decorating.  This week I want to share with you some of my favourite alternative solutions, and the answer may not always be a bookcase…

Here's my top 5 creative ways for storing your favourites...

1.     SCULPTURAL SHELVES

This is a super effective and often economical way to make a great impression on your walls.  Look for unusual shaped shelves - anything from old ladders or pipes reconditioned from ebay and etsy, to Ikea Kallax (yes I love Ikea Kallax!) drilled into the walls and repainted.

Done well the shelves themselves won’t require much styling, just a small collection of your fave books and objects will do the trick.

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2.     CUBE DESIGN

Cube or box shelving is the most versatile of all book storage options. Easy to customise depending on your room and needs, this is an especially good option for organising books of different sizes. 

These from Seletti are a great and easy to install option and also work brilliantly as room dividers


Or get a carpenter to knock up some super simple cubes and drill onto the wall.  These look especially great with a dark paint behind them or wallpaper as shown here.

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3. HANGING SHELVING

For small spaces try a hanging shelf, or two next to each other for more impact.

I love this Jessie Black Narrow Leaning Bookcase from Habitat

4.     LET THEM FLOAT 

An easy install and looks brilliant on the shelf! This stylish alternative is a wonder if you have an overflowing bookcase and a poky room. They work especially well in kids rooms or on a small space of kitchen wall for displaying cookbooks.
I like the Invisible Floating Bookshelf by The Literary Gift Company, available at Not On The High Street. 

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5. GO VINTAGE COOL

A metal mesh storage unit is super lightweight, easy to install and adds a great bit of texture or interest to walls.  This is a great option from eco friendly traders Nkuku

And finally here's a couple more that I love, but that take a little bit more work and consideration. If budget will allow invest in some fitted storage as this will eek out more of the available space in your room as well as creating a great focus.

USE YOUR BOOKS AS A ROOM DIVIDER 
A great way of creating separation in an open floor plan without obstructing light or views....


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OR STORE THEM AROUND YOUR DOOR....

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OR USE WHAT YOU HAVE AND USE IT WELL...

If you already have an unloved console, colour it up by choosing books in the same colours and mixing up how you stack them along with matching or colour clash accesories.  This beautifully styled vesrion is from our friends at John Lewis who have a great selection.

Here's to some great reading and homestyling! Over and out. 

Suzann x

 

 

 

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