Shelves That Make The Most Of Architectural Elements

Shelves That Make The Most Of Architectural Elements

Leah Moss
Apr 13, 2010

Lack of storage is probably the most common problem in a small room— well hell, even in a big room it's tough! It's hard enough finding a free wall for a sofa much less for a bookshelf. But these inspiring shelving options that work around existing architectural elements have me rethinking the dilemma in a whole new light.

Before coming across these examples, I tended to think of bookcases as rather inflexible boxes, but I quickly learned that floating or simple plank shelving with brackets can be made to fit almost any space: between slanted ceilings, under stairs, next to fireplace, around windows and door frames— the sky's the limit! While some versions will probably require the expertise of a carpenter (pictures 4, 5, 7), the others are simple enough to recreate with the help of a handsaw, miter, stud finder and basic brackets.

Images: 1: Design*Sponge, 2: VT Wonen, 3: House Beautiful, 4: Better Homes and Gardens, 5: Wood Workers Workshop, 6: Martha Stewart, 7: House to Home

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