sneak peek: best of book storage

confession: i have a pretty intense book buying habit! but there’s really no other object that can make a home feel as warm and personal as a stack of books. looking through the sneak peek archives, i fully recognized that i am not alone in feeling like books really make a home! here are 35 of my favorite ways that books can be incorporated into home design – everything from using a skateboard as a rolling shelf to 2 levels of industrial shelving! even just stacks of books on the floor can look pretty amazing! now that i’m looking at all these storage options, i’m itching to add to my own book collection! –amy a.

[image above: books and magazines in a tiny zurich apartment from sneak peek: malene charles]

[image above: books in a sydney bedroom from sneak peek: kelly doust]

[image above: books surround the dining room in this canadian home from sneak peek: xenia taler]

[image above: in this williamsburg, brooklyn home, books are artistically stacked on the floor from sneak peek: cathy and erik]

CLICK HERE for more than 30 additional photos of book storage!

[image above: australian stylist sibella court haphazardly hung framed specimens inspired by darwin’s collection above her book shelves from sneak peek: sibella court]

[image above: these generic hardware store shelves made of galvanized steel and fiberboard look great in the main room – the best part is that their $39.99 price tag allows this couple to keep growing their book collection! from sneak peek: abby clawson of hi + low]

[image above: paul and alyn’s converted church home in westport, ma has plenty of room for book storage from sneak peek: alyn carlson and paul clancy]

[image above: when you live in a tiny apartment, everything must have a function! in the winter this skateboard becomes a rolling bookshelf! from sneak peek: dana d’amico]

[image above: color organized bookshelves! from sneak peek: jen altman]

[image above: a good book is always within reach of the bed in this parisian apartment from sneak peek: gabriel wick and olivier]

[image above: more color coded bookshelves! from sneak peek: christine martinez of lama designs]

[image above: shelves line the hallway in this icelandic home from sneak peek: bjorg juto]

[image above: former journalists aun and su lyn have so many books that their collection of cookbooks just barely fits in this double-volume space! from sneak peek: aun and su lyn]

[image above: these book covers designed by dick bruna got star treatment from sneak peek: office]

[image above: good use for a nonworking fireplace! book storage! from before & after: amy’s louisianna home]

[image above: from sneak peek: fitzhugh & lyndsay of the brooklyn home co.]

[image above: stacks of books beneath a juju hat from cameroon in this nyc apartment from sneak peek: laura aviva]

[image above: beautiful book display in downtown helsinki. the book shelf was a thrift store find from sneak peek: lotta nieminen]

[image above: more bookshelf storage in helsinki from sneak peek: lotta nieminen]

[image above: stacks of books in the office area of michelle’s 325 square foot apartment from sneak peek: michelle adams]

[image above: the library in australian home pairs real books with deborah bowness wallpaper from sneak peek: lynda gardner]

[image above: books and objects in mike perry and anna wolf’s crown heights, brooklyn apartment from sneak peek: mike perry and anna wolf]

[image above: books and magazine storage in the couple’s shared student from sneak peek: mike perry and anna wolf]

[image above: caitlin keeps a mini library on this bench that was found outside her home from sneak peek: caitlin mociun]

[image above: another home that uses simple hardware store shelving for book storage! sneak peek: the mountain label]

[image above: rob collects ladybird books and had some shelves made especially to house his collection! from sneak peek: rob ryan’s studio]

[image above: i love this bookcase cube! clara put four small-ish book cases together in the form of a square and sealed off the middle hole with a piece of wood from a desk found at the school where her husband worked from copenhagen chronicles: clara zangenberg]

[image above: library corner in san francisco from from sneak peek: scott engler]

[image above: under the window book storage from from sneak peek: something’s hiding in here]

[image above: in the eclectic brooklyn home of sophie blackall books are organized by read and unread. read books are in the bookshelves and unread books are stacked beneath the antelope! from sneak peek: sophie blackall]

[image above: the living room in this mid-century modern home is centered around the bookshelves from sneak peek: shay ometz of fossil]

[image above: a red bookcase is from ikea in this los angeles apartment – filled with photography books, magazines, old cameras and a few favorite vinyl figures from sneak peek: max wagner]

[image above: in north london’s highgate, anne lise and her husband designed these shelves to perfect utilize every inch of space from sneak peek: anne lise kjaer]

[image above: alissa parker-qalker and ryan walker (who write behind the bar) have created an inspiration wall above their bookshelf from sneak peek: alissa of shop horne]

[image above: illustrator alex eben meyer and his girlfriend anna lined their dining room wall with books in their railroad apartment in greenpoint, brooklyn sneak peek: alex eben meyer]

  1. Cameron says:

    There is really something to be said about floor to ceiling book storage. It’s really gorgeous and I thank my lucky stars I’ve been blessed to see one or two such setups in Sydney!

  2. Cindy says:

    Anyone have any kind of clever ideas for outdoor storage?
    I have some great outdoor chairs but I am sick and
    tired of the cushions becoming soaked in the rain and I do not have
    anywhere to keep the Cindy.


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