Must Love Books: Ideas For How to Stylishly Fit More Books Into Your Tiny Home

Must Love Books: Ideas For How to Stylishly Fit More Books Into Your Tiny Home

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Nancy Mitchell
Dec 16, 2017
(Image credit: Decor Dots)

I am winning the battle against clutter. Okay, not winning, but, after 33 years of struggle, I'm definitely putting up a good fight. One notable exception: books. At any given time, I will always have more books than I can possibly read in my lifetime, and certainly more than I can squeeze onto my meager shelves. If you, too, are a frustrated book lover living in a frustratingly small apartment, perhaps you will appreciate some of these strategies for fitting in just a few more.

Above: One option, as seen on Decor Dots, is just to pick a wall and start piling books against it. It's a very casual look, and not for everyone, but I think this has a certain informal charm. Plus, you can place lamps or objets d'art on the tops of the stacks.

(Image credit: Anne-Sophie Pailleret)

If you have a console table, or even a coffee table, you can create stacks of books underneath. Bonus points if the wall behind is a striking jewel tone that sets off all those spines, as in this photo from Anne-Sophie Pailleret.

(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

In this colorful Denver home, a little sliver of wall that would be far too small for any kind of furniture is repurposed as a book stacking spot.

(Image credit: Elle Decoration Sweden)

Vertical bookcases, like this one seen on Elle Decoration Sweden, are one of my favorite small-space book storage solutions. A vertical bookcase can also double as a nightstand in a pinch: just use one of the shelves for your phone/glass of water/midnight reading.

(Image credit: Domino)

From Domino: if it doesn't seem too Farenheit 451 to you, you can fit books into a non-functioning fireplace.

In this image from Marie Claire Maison, an extra-wide hallway becomes a library with a bench piled high (and low) with books and magazines. (The advantage of the bench approach over a traditional bookcase is that you can place art above, and it doesn't visually crowd the space.)

In this bedroom from Charlotte Minty Interior Design, wall-mounted shelves help to take advantage of a short wall.

(Image credit: Elle )

Stacks of books or magazines can tuck neatly under a desk (as seen in this home from Elle), provided the desk is deep enough, or you don't mind not being able to stretch your legs.

(Image credit: Alvhem)

Books in the bathroom may seem weird, but I'm not afraid to admit that that's where I do most of my reading. (In the tub, not on the toilet! Okay, maybe sometimes there, too.) In this little bathroom from Alvhem, the homeowners have found room for a few more books in the most ingenious and unlikely of spaces: above the toilet. (Note that this is better suited to a powder room where there is nowhere near as much moisture as in a three or four piece bathroom.)

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