Wall-to-Wall Shelves

Wall-to-Wall Shelves

Sarah Coffey
Aug 30, 2010

Love a good library? You can get the look at home by lining one major wall with books. We've combed the archives for 10 spaces that use a wall of bookcases to provide storage, color, and pattern — it's like working wallpaper.


  1. John and Tyke wrapped a corner in bookcases to create a cozy reading nook.
  2. In Roberta's dining room, painted backs make the wall-to-wall shelves stand out.
  3. In Steve and Sarah's attic apartment, low shelves create a wall of storage.
  4. Nellie's built-ins provide storage for books, office supplies, and media equipment.
  5. Joshua and Bethany chose dark shelving for a dramatic look.
  6. Sameera & Ashish's hallway library incorporates a library ladder to access books.
  7. Kerri & Luke's dining room is wrapped in built-in shelving.
  8. Jason Neufeld's Good Book Shelf was a runner-up in last year's Design Showcase.
  9. Hiroshi Nakamura designed a wall of mixed bookcases for the Shibuya Bookstore.
  10. Tony and Hilary's studio is made up of low storage against the wall and a "pod" of shelving in the middle of the space.

Photos: Laure Joliet (1), Sarah Coffey (2-3), Made by Two LLC (4), Bethany Adams (5), Sameera & Ashish (6), Micki Howl (7), Jason Neufeld (8), Hiroshi Nakamura (9), Tony and Hilary (10)

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