13 Stylish Bookshelves to Encourage Your Little One’s Love of ReadingStyle
Each pick is both functional and cute!
Apr 1, 2023
This Is the Best Book Display Idea for Anyone Messy or Just Running Out of SpaceStyle
This stacking method is both stylish and genius.
Feb 25, 2023
A Couple's 450-Square-Foot NYC Rental Boasts Budget Book Storage SolutionsTours
Brendan and Kiersten got married in July and have been living together for six years. They moved into their current apartment two years ago with their Corgi, Lottie. Being lovers of books, they transformed their second bedroom into a library and office space that would make any bookworm jealous.
Dec 6, 2022
10 of the Most Clever, Small Space-Friendly Book Displays We Saw This YearTours
If you're an avid reader, you know that fitting your collection into a new home can be a challenge, but these creative, small-space friendly, and impressive book displays we saw this year will inspire your own.
Nov 23, 2022
This Is the One Bookshelf Styling Hack You Probably Haven’t Tried Yet but ShouldStyle
It works with IKEA BILLY bookcases, too!
Nov 5, 2022
Here's Why You Should Consider a Bookcase in This Unexpected Living Room SpotStyle
Bookcases aren't just for flanking fireplaces.
Aug 17, 2022
B&A: Bookworms Will Love How Two Homeowners Maximized Every Inch of a Blank WallHome Projects
"One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to interior design is not utilizing perfectly good space!" this DIYer says. This project leaves no usable inch untouched.
Jun 10, 2022
Jenna Fischer Just Gave a Peek Into Her Home Office
It's a major improvement from her Dunder Mifflin desk.
May 10, 2022
Yes, You Can Store Books In Your Bedroom — Here’s HowStyle
If you've purchased more books than ever in the past two years — but didn't move to a roomier space — that may mean you’ve officially run out of shelf space. But there's no reason to worry: Books can be stored almost anywhere and showcased in the most unusual spaces and imaginative ways.
Apr 13, 2022
9 Ladder Shelves Perfect For Small SpacesLiving
Chic and practical? Just say yes!
Jan 18, 2022
Serena William’s Floor-to-Ceiling Bookcase Doubles As a Piece of ArtStyle
This isn't your standard set of shelves.
Dec 15, 2021
These Stylish Floating Shelves Add Storage Without Taking Up a Ton of SpaceStyle
Not only do floating shelves free up precious floor space (especially when several are hung together), but they serve as a pretty focal point in a room, too.
Sep 22, 2021
A Beautiful Irish House Has Incredible Bold Burgundy BookshelvesTours
Every lamp, light fitting, wall color, floor covering, cushion, chair, switch, and socket has been considered and thought about in this beautiful home in Ireland.
Jul 29, 2021
This Norway Home Has 1,000+ Books, 100+ Plants, and 1 Very Cool Lofted BedroomTours
AT readers went absolutely WILD for the floor-to-ceiling bookcase in this Oslo loft; it's our most-liked photo of all time on Instagram!
Jun 28, 2021
If You're Not Using a Barrister Bookcase, You're Missing OutStyle
They're not just for books!
Jun 3, 2021
14 Brilliant Ways to Use the IKEA Kallax BookcaseStyle
Aside from the fact that IKEA makes furnishing a living space quick and easy (well, kind of easy, at least), it has also blessed fans with products that can be personalized on a whim. Those MDF dressers and EKET cabinets may look basic, but with a few helpful hacks, you can turn your IKEA HEMNES (and pretty much every other item from the Swedish chain) into a DIYed masterpiece.
Mar 29, 2021
The Plant Lover’s Guide to Styling a BookshelfStyle
Adding live plants to a bookshelf may seem easy enough in theory, but doing so in a thoughtful and intentional manner may not be as foolproof.
Mar 29, 2021
It’s Surprisingly Hard to Squeeze a Bookcase into a Small Living RoomStyle
But these spaces prove it can be done!
Sep 8, 2020
15 Small Spaces That Prove Bookcases are the Best Room DividersStyle
Form meeting function has never been better.
May 3, 2020
If You’re Not Storing Your Books This Way, You’re Missing OutStyle
It's all about the doorway bookcase.
Jan 5, 2020
Forget Rainbow-Colored Shelves: 7 Ways to Display Your Books
If color-coded shelves feel played out, feast your eyes on these stunning alternatives.
Jul 14, 2019
IKEA’s Iconic BILLY Bookcase Just Turned 40 and Got a Fresh Birthday MakeoverStyle
Am I the only one who wants a complete makeover every time another birthday rolls around? There’s just something about starting a new year that feels like the perfect time to try out a fresh look. My own is coming up next week and I’m already planning to dye my hair a new color and maybe get another ear piercing. And it turns out, IKEA furniture is a fan of the new year, new me mantra too.
Mar 6, 2019
This Faux Built-In IKEA Hack Could Save You ThousandsHome Projects
When Oriane and her husband Christopher moved into their large Chicago home, a lot of things needed updating (as these before photos prove). On a pretty tight budget, they ended up tackling many of the DIY projects of the remodel themselves. Everything from fresh paint to a new kitchen makes their condo beautiful. Though every room is lovely today, the formal dining room is one of the most impressive spaces.
Nov 29, 2018
Before and After: A Sophisticated IKEA Built-in Bookcase Hack for $1KHome Projects
This dining room is so graceful and elegant—that delicate molding and beautiful hardwood floor, but its new owner found it lackluster and hollow. IKEA’s BILLY bookcase to the rescue! Well, more like eight BILLYs to the rescue… Reader Oriane Szekelyhidi-Williams kindly shares a wealth of details about the inspiration behind this project and the challenges faced: We purchased our condo knowing we would be doing a BIG overhaul on the space.
Sep 16, 2018
The 5 Design Books I’ll Always Keep on My BookshelfStyle
As the House Tour editor here at Apartment Therapy, looking at a wide range of homes is a requirement (and a delight!). And while many of those spaces I see online, I still have a penchant for flipping through the pages of a good coffee table design book for inspiration.
Aug 29, 2018
These Homes Prove that There’s Always Room…for More BooksStyle
We love libraries, and we love a design that takes advantage of unusual circumstances, and when those things come together, well, that’s just beautiful. These seven home libraries might be a little different than others you’ve seen before, but they manage to squeeze in lots of books—and look lovely while doing it. Above: Remember that beautiful, freakishly enormous library that the Beast gave Belle as a gift in Beauty and the Beast?
Oct 3, 2017
Fresh Ideas for Showing Off Your Book CollectionStyle
Although you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, you can definitely appreciate its presentation. Along with keeping all of your favorite texts organized (and at arm’s length), a well-styled home library can often become an artful centerpiece inside your home; so it pays to come up with thoughtful ideas for book storage. To prove the point, I gathered some cool, contemporary book displays to share for inspiration.
Jul 30, 2017
The Best Spot for Small Space Storage May Be Right Behind YouStyle
If you're hard up for storage solutions, you may be looking below your sofa or your bed, or above your cabinets — but what about behind?
Apr 13, 2017
Bookcases in Every Color of the RainbowStyle
We love bookcases. We love color. Put them together and you have something even dreamier than the sum of its parts, worth looking at and lingering on for a long, long time. If you’re thinking about painting your bookshelves, you’ll find plenty to be inspired by in this collection of shelving in every color of the rainbow. Above: A set of gorgeous emerald green bookcases spotted on One Kings Lane.
Jan 16, 2017
Bibliophile Style: Book-Smart Decorating IdeasStyle
Fact: reading never goes out of style. But as many of us are ditching paperbacks for e-readers, our homes are filled with stacks and stacks (and stacks) of reading materials we don’t often pick up. Instead of tossing (or donating) these texts, why not celebrate some favorites by putting them front and center in your decor, and repurpose copies you’re unlikely to read as wallpaper or a nightstand. This one’s for you, fellow bibliophiles.
Aug 5, 2016
Before & After: A Thrifty & Whimsical Bookshelf MakeoverHome Projects
When bookshelves are in OK shape, it can be so tempting to leave them as is. After all, you’re just going to cover them with with books and tchotchkes, right? Sahana had to go and overachieve by putting curtains AND wallpaper on her total steal of a bookshelf duo. From Sahana: We recently moved from New York to North Carolina. While we were hunting for some furniture, we got an awesome deal of two bookshelves for $20.
Jul 9, 2016
This Customizable DIY Dresser Drawer Bookshelf Is Just What Your Wall NeedsHome Projects
Reuse old dresser drawers to create a bookshelf installation like Mike and Kate’s! The couple found free dressers on Craigslist and used the drawers to transform an empty wall in their Chicago home. dresser drawers (preferably dovetailed) paint wall mounting hardware measuring tape hammer drill From Kate: I turned to Craigslist and found free dressers, took the drawers, and trashed the dressers themselves (don’t worry—they were really ugly).
Feb 10, 2016
Living Room Layout Ideas: Place a Bookcase Behind Your SofaStyle
Though there are few concrete rules to laying out a living room’s furniture (each space is different, after all), some might agree that putting a furniture piece directly in front of another furniture piece would be like double parking in your living room. There’s one notable and stylish exception to this, though, and that’s putting a bookcase or shelving system behind your sofa.
Apr 15, 2015
Before & After: Family Room Fireplace Gets a Functional UpdateHome Projects
Havalah’s family room fireplace featured an extra-long mantel that also spanned some strange built-ins. With an update, this focal wall becomes much more functional. From Havalah: When we moved into our house, there was this funny looking mantel in our back family room. Then next to the fireplace, there were these two ‘holes’ like cabinets that were completely useless to us. We decided an update was definitely needed.
Mar 15, 2015
IKEA Hack: The Best BILLY Built-Ins of All TimeHome Projects
Transforming IKEA furniture — and especially the BILLY bookshelf — has been done before. But when I saw this hack, I was truly impressed. Prepare to have a bunch of superlatives spewed your way, because it’s really that good… Gwen from The Makerista recently redecorated her friend Laura’s living room and, as part of the project, brought someone in to create these remarkable “custom” library shelves, using the IKEA Billy as the base.
Feb 25, 2015
The Beautiful, the Bizarre, the Wonderful: 10 Crazy Bookcases We Can’t Get Enough OfStyle
Bookcases don’t have to be boring. After you see these 10 designs, you may never be satisfied with plain old, run-of-the-mill bookcases ever again. Sorry about that. Above: Russian architect Andrei Saltykov created this USA bookshelf for his London home. “I thought about doing Britain or Russia,” he said, “but there weren’t so many sections, and the United States has lots of straight-lined divisions—great for holding books.
Feb 2, 2015
Tara’s Project: Empty Wall to Go “Built-In”Living
While my list was long with projects I need to tackle, I chose the one that will help me do the last of my unpacking. This little wall will be home to my books. As glaring as my curtainless windows are in the above pic, I just really, really need to get my books out of boxes. The last three bins hanging around have been waiting for a bookshelf, and this short wall by the kitchen will be the perfect spot for a faux “built-in.
Jan 19, 2015
Beautifully Organized: Home Libraries of All SizesOrganize & Clean
Whether grand or small, full or empty, bursting with books or outfitted with objects, I’d wager that all of us have bookshelves of some sort in our home. Having a dedicated library room is not a luxury that all of us can have, but no matter how small your library, there are still some tips for making it as beautifully organized as possible. TOP ROW: Keeping carefully grouped books visible, the hidden storage in Suzanne’s Color in Harmony Room makes the shelves multifunctional.
Jan 12, 2015
IKEA Billys 10 Ways: The World’s Most Versatile BookcaseStyle
For a book lover, there’s nothing more beautiful, and more satisfying, than a huge wall of built-in bookcases. But installing built-ins can be pricey, and if you live in a rental, it’s not really an option at all. So how can you get the library look you crave without spending a ton of cash? Turn to the IKEA Billy.
Oct 9, 2014
10 Beautiful Book Displays to Catch Your Kid’s EyeLiving
Less than a month until we all say, “So long!” to summer and, “Hello!” to school. You’re sure to get your little one ready with a backpack, notebook, and pencils galore, but don’t forget to ready their minds as well! Maybe your little guy or gal already loves to read, but for those who are a little more reluctant why not display their books front and center? All of those colorful, beautiful illustrations are sure to catch your kids’ interest.
Aug 8, 2014
Before & After: From Beige Dresser to Faux Card Catalog BookcaseHome Projects
Our favorite before and after projects are the ones that are downright unrecognizable after being transformed, and this project certainly fits the bill! Diane and her husband came across this dresser for cheap at a thrift store and decided to make it look like a type of furniture Diane had always wanted — only more practical! From Diane: First, we removed the top two drawers and built a base for the bookcase. Then we used lattice to create the fronts of each card drawer.
Apr 27, 2014
Design Dilemma Solved: 7 Ways to Add Visual Height to a RoomStyle
Something feeling “off” about one of your rooms? It could be the space is a little too heavy on the low-end. You might need a visual weight adjustment. Relocating certain design details high-up in a space can create a more sophisticated, balanced room. There are ideas you can try that will take only a little time to tackle, and there are some that might take the afternoon. You decide what your room might need and how much time you have this weekend!
Mar 8, 2014
Small Space Storage: 8 Ways to Go VerticalStyle
I live in a one bedroom loft apartment where the only built-in storage is in the kitchen. There wasn’t a closet or a single bathroom cabinet when we moved in, so I had to get creative with my storage solutions. I am lucky to have high ceilings, which allows me to have vertical storage pieces in even the narrowest of corners. Here are a few of my favorite finds for when you need a lot of storage in a tiny space. 1. The Grid Tower is perfect for a tight bathroom space. CB2, $199 2.
Jan 29, 2014
5 Caddies for Children’s BooksStyle
We’ve all heard a thousand times that books are best for kids in places where they can be accessed with ease. But this doesn’t have to mean overflowing from the bottoms of your bookshelves, or in a messy pile beside the bed. What about storing books for the kids in one of these incredible book caddies? Easy on the eye…and easy for tidy-up time! 1. Land of Nod’s Walnut Open Book Bin would be a welcome piece of furniture in or out of the kids’ room. $179. 2.
Jan 13, 2014
Before & After: Home Office Gets a Light & Lively MakeoverHome Projects
Wendy from Designed to Dwell had a perfectly nice formal study, yet she came to a realization I think we’ve all had at some point: sometimes what we think we like isn’t our style after all. Check out how Wendy lightened and brightened to create a completely fresh new room that’s much more her. After living with the formal study for a few years, Wendy realized her study needed a makeover.
Oct 23, 2013
Before & After: A New Side to IKEA’s ExpeditHome Projects
Krys saw potential in Ikea’s popular Expedit shelf, and not just as vertical storage. When flipped horizontally, the unit fit perfectly in an awkward space in Krys’ dining room. Now, if she could only make it look like it belonged there and had a purpose… By modifying other simple upholstery projects she’d seen online (including a headboard and seat cushion), Krys custom created a restaurant-style dining banquette that’s cute, cozy, and packs extra storage.
Sep 16, 2013
Craft Room Organization: 10 Smart Ways to Store FabricStyle
Both professional interior designers and crafters/DIYers struggle with the same kinds of problems: how to make a small room feel larger, how to bring ample light through less than ample windows, and where in the world to store all of that extra fabric for future projects. (Image credit: Apartment Therapy) With a dedicated craft room, storage space is probably not a concern.
Jun 21, 2013
Before & After: Boring IKEA Billy Bookshelf to Rad Reading BenchHome Projects
The great thing about Ikea’s Billy bookshelf is that it’s an inexpensive, versatile storage unit for any age — the downside is when you’d like it to be a bookshelf for kids but the height and reach is too much for little arms.Leave it to Lisa Campbell to fix that! She just turned it on its side, so that it not only holds books safely, it doubles as a bench! She added some decorative trim, secured the shelves, and sewed a cushion for the top.
Feb 20, 2013
Get the Look: Leaning Ladder ShelvesStyle
Leaning ladder shelving units, such as the ones used in Courtney & Michael’s Scandinavian Comfort, are a great way to add a little extra storage without overwhelming a space. Since the shelves start out larger on the bottom and get narrower toward the top, you’re forced to place big items on the bottom, creating a visual anchor. To achieve a similar look in your home, we’ve rounded up 10 different leaning shelf options… Walnut Five Tier Ladder Shelf from Overstock $64.
Feb 7, 2013
The World’s Most Popular Bookcase: Best Uses of the IKEA ExpeditStyle
If you love looking at pictures of interiors like we do, you’ll probably see a few of the same pieces crop up over and over, design classics like the Eames lounge or Harry Bertoia’s wire chairs. But one of the most ubiquitous pieces has a humbler pedigree (and a much lower price point). It’s the IKEA Expedit, and it’s taking the world of storage by storm.
Jan 21, 2013
Small Space Solutions: Compact & Smart Home WorkstationsOrganize & Clean
A clean, organized, and well-lit home work space is a must. And what better time to tackle this issue in your home than the fresh start of a new year! Many of us don’t have the luxury of a separate home office or studio, but that doesn’t mean we can’t create a healthy environment for working at home. Even if you don’t work from home, carving out a space for productivity is important and a smart way focus on specific tasks without distraction.
Jan 8, 2013
One Minute Tip: Three Ways to Use Vertical SpaceOrganize & Clean
Today’s One Minute Tip comes from Fay Wolf, with three simple ways to rethink vertical space. • The Star: Fay Wolf is a singer-songwriter, actor and professional organizer. She’s acted on shows like 2 Broke Girls and Bones, and her songs have been heard on shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars. Fay’s Los Angeles-based company New Order has been organizing lives since 2006, helping creative people deal with both inner and outer clutter.
Jul 2, 2012
Decorator’s Trick: Curtains On BookshelvesStyle
Hanging curtains across bookshelves seems to be a move that high-end interior designers make in their own spaces, and perhaps they are on to something. After all, if you’re like me, keeping your bookshelf neat and tidy takes some intention. Why not have the freedom of covering up the mess when it gets out of control?Advantages to this strategy include a layered look that’s sure to add some warmth to any space.
Apr 26, 2012
Wall Shelving: Resources, Tips & TricksStyle
Resources:• IKEA — We love IKEA’s shelving for the affordability and flexibility. For instance, the Stolmen line can be configured to include drawers and a desktop. The Billy bookcases can be joined together to create a look similar to the home pictured above. • The Container Store — Elfa Shelving can come out of the closet!
Apr 7, 2012
PANYL: Easy & Affordable IKEA CustomizationHome Projects
Many of us are IKEA fans but do you ever wish there were more finishes and colors to choose from? Sure, some DIY IKEA hackmasters may be able to put orange cabinets on their Expedit shelves but for the rest of us IKEA is a universe dominated by white and birch. Until now. A new company called Panyl is giving IKEA lovers a way to personalize and customize their favorite flat-pack pieces.
Jan 31, 2012