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How to Store Books in a Small Space

Take Advantage of Tall Ceilings by Installing a Lofted Bookshelf

Smaller homes  demand innovative thinking. And when it comes to storage in small spaces, sometimes standard solutions are completely unfeasible. For book collectors, this is often an issue, since bookshelves can add major bulk to a room while squeezing a small floorplan. For one Swedish household, the solution was to look up.

This room in a Swedish seaside home maintains an airy, uncluttered feel thanks to the lofted bookshelf. Made from standard shelving materials found at any hardware store, the wood shelves and brackets were painted the same color as the walls to seamlessly blend into the space. Special consideration was made for measuring and cutting shelves to accomodate the exposed beamwork, which separates each section of shelving and adds visual contrast and rustic appeal to the painted woodwork.

You'll want to reserve these bookshelves for tomes you love, but don't often need to access, since they'll need to be reached via a stepladder or stool. But that consideration shouldn't be too limiting, since most book lovers have dozens of novels that have already been read and are now a cherished, if rarely re-read, part of a home library.

Want to try this look out at your home? Check in at your local hardware store for all of the parts needed for the project. Ikea also carries a number of shelves that would work well for a lofted bookshelf, including this Ekby Jarpen Wall Shelf ($23 per section).


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