Living With Books: Fitting a Library In Anywhere at Home

House Tour Roundup

Our favorite feature of our new condo is the built-in wall of bookshelves that separates the llving/dining main room of the apartment from the kitchen and bedrooms. It's big (12 feet high!) and beautiful but the best thing about it is that it's made the creeping guilt that we own too many books disappear overnight. But, certainly not every home has built-ins, and they definitely don't need to…

… to accommodate a book lovers favorite collection. We dug in to our house tours for examples of great ways to fit a library in at home without the benefit of traditional library walls.

How about fitting them in…

Above a door: A Garret Transformed

In a stairwell: Veronika & Sebastian's Rooftop Victorian

In a freestanding stack-style bookshelf: Laura's Inviting Live / Work Studio

On a low bookcase, underneath some BIG art: Michael's Michigan Cottage

On an entryway tabletop: Ingrid's Wood and Wool Wonderland

In easily reconfigurable lightweight cubes: Julie & Iker's Marina City Heaven

On shelves in the niche formed by a fireplace: Cesa's Recycled Home

In some amazing moveable "walls": Sean & Daphne's Industrial Rustic Downtown Hideaway

At the end of a sofa: Todd and J.R.'s Printer's Row Passages

In bookcases that wrap a "room" in a loft: Sonia & Mike's "Quaint & Cozy" Loft

Book lovers unite! If you'd like to share your book storage solution with your fellow Apartment Therapy readers, send a few photos and info to us.

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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