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Save space and store books with these tips for small apartments

bookshelf over an entertainment center

If you live in a small apartment, you probably don’t have all the space you wish you had, even after decluttering your home properly. And if you’re an avid reader, you probably have books stacked all over the place or at least wish you had more space to store them. So, where do you keep all of those books if you live in an apartment? If you’re not ready to make the move from traditional books to an e-reader just yet, worry not. We have found some ideas for book storage, apart from library walls and creating a living room library, that will make your small apartment a book storage heaven.

Hallway library

Usually, hallways don’t serve much of a purpose other than connecting two areas of a home. However, if you have a small apartment with a long hallway, now is the time to apply all your library decorating ideas by turning it into one. If you have the room, you can add slim shelves to one wall to make space for tons of books. If your hallway isn’t wide enough to install floor-to-ceiling shelves, overhead shelves will work, too. They won’t give you as much storage space, but it will be better than stacking the books on the floor in the corners of the hallway. Speaking of corners, if you have unused corners of your hallway, you can buy or make corner shelves to store some of your books.

Books in nooks

Most apartments come with small spaces that no one can figure out what to do with. It’s as if the builders had an idea but didn’t share it with you. These little nooks can be turned into small libraries with minimal effort, and they look cool, too. Whether it be a small area of the wall where no furniture will fit or a cupboard that is way too high up to store anything you regularly use, these weird spaces are great places for books. Install a small shelf or a few floating shelves on that little wall and watch it transform into a mini-library. Remove the doors from that too-high cupboard, and it becomes a place to show off your favorite titles. If you have a fireplace that doesn’t work, clean it out and stack some books in there. In a small apartment, the name of the game is utilizing all of the space, so take a look around and fill those nooks with books.

Ceiling space

Bookshelves take up space, and if you live in a small apartment, you probably don’t have much. Built-in shelves require the demolition of a wall, and if you live in an apartment, you may not be able to remodel the walls as you wish. However, odds are that you have a bunch of unused space around the ceilings of your apartments that you can use for book storage. Several types of shelves hang from the ceiling and thus utilize the space over your head. You can also mount floating shelves high up on the wall along the perimeter of the room to create more storage space. You will need a ladder to install any shelving near the ceiling, but that’s OK because you’ll need the same ladder to get to the books you keep way up there.

Headboard or baseboard

If you’re in the market for a new bed frame, consider buying one with built-in shelving to store your books. If you already have a bed, you can add a bench or short shelf to the foot of your bed quickly and keep a bunch of books there. There are tons of shelves out there that are designed to fit at the foot of your bed, but if you’re into do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, you can make one. If there is space over your headboard, you can also install shelves and utilize that unused space for book storage. If you have a ton of books that you don’t necessarily want to show off, like old textbooks, you can utilize the space under your bed to get those books out of the way.

Bookshelf room divider

If you live in a studio apartment or an apartment that needs the living space broken up, using a bookshelf as a room divider is a great idea. Placing a bookshelf perpendicular to a wall is a great way to divide a multipurpose room and display your books. A curtain does the same thing but doesn’t offer the display and storage space of a bookshelf. You can mount the shelf to the wall, acting more like a permanent fixture than just a random shelf in the room.

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