Attic Library in Low-Ceilinged
L-Shaped Space?

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Q: I close on my first home next month. It is a 1965 two-story frame house with many cool retro features, including an amazing blue tiled bathroom, built-in planter, and a laundry chute. There are three good-sized bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs, plus this awkward attic space. The previous owners used it for storage, which is definitely an option for us, but I would love to try to do something more creative with it, especially because it has a unique circular window and some shelving:

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The space is challenging because it is L-shaped with low ceilings and no electrical outlets. The ceilings are not quite 6' high in the lowest part of the room. We will be changing the wacky carpeting to something more neutral, but otherwise I'm at a loss for what to do with this space! My dream idea is to transform it into a little library--I am an English professor--but the logistics of getting bookshelves in there while still having space to walk has me stumped.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.