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As a reader, finding space to store our book collections can be a constant struggle. And if you’re in a smaller space (or your books are in a smaller space), it can be difficult to make the most of the space or find small space book storage solutions that actually work. There is also the challenge of filling a small space without making it look overwhelming or cramped.
Personal taste also plays a role. In my previous apartment I didn’t have space (or money) for shelves so I just stacked books until the stacks wobbled and it was impossible to take books out when I wanted to. I’ve had friends who came to visit and hated the look. I kind of appreciated the aesthetic.
We know some tried-and-true design secrets help open up smaller spaces: tall and narrow shelves are always a good choice. Finding ways to incorporate storage into more objects or established furnishings, such as B. to transform ceiling surfaces or corridors into bookshelf walls. Use small nooks and crannies to build unique shelves that fit.
So let’s talk about solutions. This article is all about simple shelving or storage solutions that are easy to buy or assemble. Not mentioned here are larger design projects such as adding shelves to a staircase, under the bed or in an unused fireplace. There are some related articles linked at the bottom of this list that may help if you are interested in a larger design project. On the best book storage for small spaces ideas!
Maximize a small space with a bookshelf that allows for 360 degree storage! These bookshelves come in a variety of sizes and can be used for everything from larger textbooks to children’s books to comics and graphic novels. Shown is Nisorpa’s version, $196.
Double-sided hanging bookshelf
Another way to maximize your shelf space is to use both “sides” of the shelf. These Etsy hanging shelves have elastic loops on the bottom to hold individual books, and the top space can also be used. $93
Have you ever had a room or apartment that happened to have an odd corner that was sticking out, or that had to allow for air conditioning? Corner bookcases are great for filling and utilizing those awkward spaces. $120
Table book stand
These tabletop book stands are great for displaying multiple cookbooks at once and help free up valuable tabletop space. $49
To make a bedside table, use attachable shelves that hook onto your bed frame to create extra space for storing books, drinks, and more. $35
Tall, narrow shelf
Measuring 7 inches overall, these four-tier shelves are the perfect size for displaying your favorite reading. These shelves come in a variety of colors and are super easy to move around. $190
Transparent pieces of furniture
These clear acrylic side tables give the illusion of empty space while providing opportunities for display and storage of your books. $168
Floating wall shelves
If you’re running out of shelf space, create new stacks of books with floating mounted shelves. You can also create the illusion of floor to ceiling stacks by strategically placing the shelves along the walls! $76 for a four pack.
room divider shelves
For studio apartments or adding some separation between different rooms, consider using a bookshelf as a room divider. It saves space compared to a bookcase that sits flat against the wall and adds more interest to your room. $120
storage space under the bed
Maybe not ideal for displaying, but utilizing under bed storage can help create shelving space for books you want to display. But these book baskets are so cute that we understand if you can’t bear to keep them hidden. $19
Corner bookcases are ideal for minimizing wall space and utilizing an area that is difficult to design. $53
Looking for more organizational ideas? Check out these additional posts from Book Riot: