There is the start of another monthly series called "organizing small spaces". In this series, I will be talking about creative ways to organize a small space.
Small spaces can be subjective to each person. My goal in this series is to help my visitors be inspired and look at their home differently so they can see creative solutions to make their house a home no matter what size it is. The first one in the series is book storage solutions for small spaces. Below each solution, I have included a visual example of what I am referring to. I hope it helps.
Here are 7 book storage solutions for small spaces:
Use a bookshelf as a headboard. There are lots of headboards that house freestanding bookshelves out there. Here is an example of one.
Pros: If you like to read at night, this will store the books right where you need it. You also may be able to do away with your end table and save even more space.
Cons: If you do not dust often, your books may get dusty and it may make it difficult to sleep because of the excess dust around you. If you have a large collection of books, this may be too small for you.
Use a blank wall and create your own bookcase and add a curtain to cover it when company is over. Just add shelves a very long curtain and rod attached to the ceiling. By using your creativity, you can make the space useful. What wall are you not using?
Pros: Useful for clothes storage as well.
Cons: You most likely will have space in the living room. Does that work for where you like to read or get dressed?
Turn an alcove into a reading nook: Add lighting, bookcases, and seating and any space can become a reading nook.
Pros: It's a great place to read with your young kids.
Cons: It can be expensive and may not be possible if you rent an apartment.
Use under the stairs or the wall next to the stairs as a bookcase: This is an oldie but goodie solution. I love the different use of storage solutions for stairs. There is a lot out there just Google it.
Pros: It's a go to wasted space location and can really maximize a small space.
Cons: Since it is on the steps, you may not be able to store many "frequently used items in this area.
Create a library in a wider hallway: Lining the wider hallway with bookshelves work great to maximize a space. My father had one where he lived years ago and it worked great because it was his go to spot for everything. It was the entire length of the hallway.
Pros: You can easily access items when you need it.
Cons: If you don't keep it covered with a curtain, it will get dusty and it can get messy easily.
Under the bed storage for books: You can raise your bed and add bookshelves to the bottom for easy access in a small space.
Pros: It works great for smaller bedrooms where you can't fit nightstand.
Cons: If the bed needs to be pushed up against the wall, you may only be able to use one bed bookshelf side.
Create unique bookshelves on the wall. This one can be fun for kids and adults. Make up a fancy patter on the wall to hold shelves. This one is my favorite.
Pros: It may help the kids put their books away when you make it attractive for them to see.
Cons: It can be hard to clean. And, if you do too many angles, you may not be able to add too many books in one area.
And my last solution: Use the space above and around the doors and windows in your home. This one always amazes me. I love the look. It makes the door a focal point.
Pros: You can maximize the space.
Cons: If you change the door to a bookshelf, it may be heaving to move. It also may look a little cluttered and may be distracting to the eye.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my 7 book storage solution for small spaces. It was fun bringing all these images together to help you see the potential your home has. Do you have any tips for book storage solutions for small spaces? Is there one that is your favorite? Please share below. I would love to hear from you.
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