No Built-Ins, No Problem: Customizable, Modular Bookshelves that Don’t Require Putting Holes in Your Walls

updated Apr 30, 2019
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As a renter, building your own built-in bookshelves is out of the question (unless you butter up your landlord, I guess). But you can get kind of close. Here are a handful of storage solutions that, like liquids and cats, will fill any space. And the best part about modular, design-your-own pieces is that they can be reconfigured to work in your next apartment (and every apartment after that!).

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Stacked by Muuto

Boxy modules snap together with small clips, and can be placed on the floor or on top of a stand. Get pieces from Muuto or Design Within Reach.

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IKEA Hacked Box Storage

IKEA offers their take on the Stacked series by linking up their storage boxes with simple binder clips. Get the tutorial here.

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Clamp Strapped Boxes

Yet another DIY take on the box storage idea, this time from VT Wonen, with a heavy duty clamp strap holding the whole thing together for you.

→ One Project, Five Ways: Asymmetrical Stacked Box Storage

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Cheeky Boxes

These more angular boxes from Process can be arranged in some very interesting ways. You can email Process for purchase info.

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Citybook House

These little house-shaped cubbies can be put together, tangram-style, to create bigger and better bookcases.

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Urban Outfitters Geo Shelf

The Geo Shelf can be stacked together or, one day, wall-mounted for unique and beautiful storage.

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Bookstand from Konzept Home

The ceiling’s the limit on how high you can go with the Bookstand, a customizable shelf unit from Etsy seller Konzept Home.

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You can order the modular BrickBox system in pre-configured solutions, or piece it together one by one on your own.