Using a bookshelf as a room divider in a studio apartment or other small space serves dual purposes: it adds much-needed storage, of course, and it also provides added wall space for hanging artwork or photos, displaying collections, and so on.
Living in a small space of course means having to pare down your belongings, but sometimes this can be difficult when it comes to artwork and photos. And of course we're not discouraging the practice of paring down, even when it comes to art, but adding a freestanding bookshelf that juts out into a room is rather like building an extra wall with more space to display the artwork you love.
Choosing a bookcase with a back provides a solid plane on which to create a new display. But an open bookshelf like the Ikea Expedit also can function this way: hang artwork on both sides of one of the Expedit "cubes," or use the shelf to display collections which would otherwise be packed away (taking up valuable storage space!).
The idea of creating a large barrier in a small room might seem counterintuitive at first, but if you use it to your advantage—establishing a workspace behind it, for example, or using it to divide your sleeping area from your living room—it will eventually feel like a permanent fixture.
Have you tried this small space solution? We'd love to hear your results!