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Issue 56 · In the Library · January 22, 2013

10 Unexpected Places to Store Books

Issue 56 · In the Library · January 22, 2013

We might be able to download a digital book with the click of a mouse, but at the end of the day there is something very reassuring about a home filled with books; they serve as a roadmap of sorts showing where we have been in our lives, both literally and figuratively. That said, having enough room to store books can sometimes be a challenge; here are a few creative solutions for corralling books in unexpected spots.

Barbican Foodhall book storage

Above: Books stored piled high on a custom shelf in the reading area at the Barbican Foodhall.

Belgian sleeping loft with built in book shelves by Vanden Eackhoudt Freyf Architecture.

Above: Built-in book shelves under the eaves of a sleeping loft in a Brussels house by Vanden Eackhoudt Freyf Architecture.

Small space book storage nook

Above: The space between two beams serves as a tiny library integrated into the structure at the Independente Hostel in Lisbon, Portugal.

Ina Matt renovated Belgian Barn with book storage built into stairs

Above: A renovated barn in the Netherlands with cupboard built into the staircase wall and built in shelves for books. Designed by Dutch firm Studio Ina Matt.

creative storage solution in kitchen with built in book shelf by Levitate Architecture and Design Studio

Above: Looking to add an extension to a small Richmond Home, British firm Levitate Architecture and Design Studio added built-in book shelving above the kitchen.

Above: Interior designer Stéphane Quatresous added simple shelves to a plywood wall in this modern-meets-rustic attic studio in France, first spotted on discovered via French by Design; photo by Mads Mogensen.

Staircase book storage in London Home by Levitate Architects UK

Above: Levitate Architecture and Design Studio built this library for a client with an extensive book collection. The library staircase with English oak treads and shelves lined with books on three sides leads to a loft bedroom addition in the attic.

Wall of built in book shelving in home of interior designer Jessica Helgerson in Oregon

Above: A wall of books extending into the eaves with a sleeping space above as seen in the home of Portland, Oregon-based interior designer Jessica Hlegerson. Photograph by Lincoln Barbour.

Garden shed and office with creative storage book shelving by office Sian

Above: The interior walls of a simple garden shed in a London garden serve as shelving, via UK-based architecture firm Office Sian.

Have you got a creative solution for book storage? Let us know in the comments section below; we're always on the lookout for good ideas.

See more storage. check out our previous posts on Bookcases and Shelving.

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