“Books are going obsolete.” You have probably heard this over and over again – how much the printing industry is suffering because a lot of reading materials are starting to go digital, and it’s not just books. Even magazines are seeing a huge shift as well.
However, the industry understands that no matter how many Kindles and audiobooks get introduced in the market daily, there will always be people who will find absolute joy in reading and collecting physical books.
There is just something about these printed materials that make them simply irresistible, whether it is the actual content or simply the smell of nostalgia those pages bring. If you cannot imagine your life without books, whether you buy books online or visit your favourite neighbourhood bookstore, you are not alone.
But, while every book lover dreams of owning a personal library, not everyone is blessed with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that can house their prized collections. But what many do not realise is that there is a long list of book storage options even if you don’t have a lot of space to work on.
It only needs a bit of creativity and imagination. Here are some of them:
Book Storage Idea #1: Bookshelves in Tiny Nooks and Crannies
Every single apartment out there, no matter how tiny it is, comes with some unusable space. It could be a tiny niche in the wall where none of your other furniture pieces could fit or even an awkward corner in your bedroom. These small and seemingly useless spaces can actually be turned into bookshelves.
After all, bookshelves come in various shapes and sizes, and this can be a fun weekend DIY project you can do on your own or with friends and family members. Go over your entire apartment and see if there is any space you currently do not use, no matter how small.
Book Storage Idea #2: Bookshelves High on Top
The problem many book collectors have in terms of storage is the lack of available floor space where they can built-in or standalone bookcases. They would rather use any available square footage for other home pieces.
But, if you do not have enough on the ground, try to look up – you have ceiling space, and this can undoubtedly accommodate shelves without turning your entire apartment into a clutter fest. So, grab that ladder, paint, power tools, and lumber (if you get your landlord’s permission).
Cover those tall ceilings with books and they would look stylish and functional.
Book Storage Idea #3: Bookshelves in Your Hallway
Hallways are there mainly so we can go from point A to point B. Because they are designed to serve this one purpose, many seem to forget that these spaces can be more than just passageways. By simply adding shelves to the walls on your halls, you can create an amazing library.
This is pleasing to the eyes and will keep your literary collection as organised as possible. Get creative and make floating, “invisible” shelves in this area.
Many end up donating their old books to make room for fresh releases, while others choose to restrict their book purchases until they have the space to build their dream library. With these tips, they do not have to.