Rebuilding a Collection One Book at a Time

Rebuilding a Collection One Book at a Time

Jason Loper
Sep 10, 2010

In our old apartment we had an entire wall of shelves completely filled with books. When we downsized to our new home, we also downsized our book collection. Now, three years into life in our new apartment, the collection of books is slowly starting to grow again. And that means I have to find creative ways to store and display our growing library.

My husband and I loved our wall of books in the old apartment but there simply isn't room for a similar set-up in our new home. We knew this going into the move and I was able to convince him that we could reduce our collection considerably. That worked in the short term but my dear husband, a man who would live in a library if he could, keeps bringing home new books. Because I love him and his collection, I'm finding ways to work the books into our little home.

  • I included space for books in our office closet. Using the shelves over the desktop in the closet is an efficient way to display and store the books. The books are accessible and neatly organized but I didn't have to sacrifice the space I would lose to a bookshelf in one of our rooms.
  • We displayed our more attractive hardbound books on the IKEA shelves in the corner of our dining room. Paired with family photos, these first editions and other hardbound books create an eye catching display.
  • On my husband's side of the bed there's a stack of frequently visited books for bedtime reading.
  • There's a little vignette in the living room of four books that have never been read by either of us. But they're bound so beautifully that I love having them around! We bought these four books at a large book fair simply because we loved the look of them. We've never read them and, since two are in German, probably never will.

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