Today I am pleased to welcome Sara McQueen to the blog, Sara has created an amazing guest post that I am sure every bookworm will love.
Bibliophilia is the love of books, and a bibliophile or bookworm is an individual who loves books.
Kirsty and I know we both fall into this category! How about you?
Even in today’s world of e-books and reading online, book sales are thriving in comparison with their digital counterparts. Moreover, it’s the younger generations who are driving these trends.
This means that I am probably not the only person who has gone into a book shop, just for a quick look, and come out with an armful of books! Whilst excited to read them, treasure them and talk about them, this event always leaves me with one question bigger than any novelistic cliffhanger:
Where am I going to put them all?
With this in mind, I decided to research some of the coolest, most useful and creative ideas for storing your books. Whether you have a modest collection of favourites and you want to display them aesthetically, or you are just looking to make the most of any space possible for your beloved stacks, you’ll find some inspiration (and some Instagram) here!
1. The Artful Stack
You know the one. It usually pops up entirely by accident, by a bedside or on a desk. And grows and shrinks according to how much reading time you’ve had that week, and it basically represents your current reading list.
It might not be the most intentional way to store books, but it is creative. I love looking at my book stack and wondering what it says about me!
2. The Freestanding Bookshelf
Whether your bookshelf is from IKEA or custom-made, there are definitely things you can do to increase the interest in the space!
Try not to let your books go dusty and forgotten. Take them out every so often to flick through, and don’t be afraid to rearrange, even when it doesn’t seem strictly necessary.
You could try organising by colour, size, genre, or by nothing at all. Just make sure you check in with your books every so often, and get tempted into rereading them. Some are even better the second or third time, I promise.
3. The Wall-Mounted Shelves
If you only have a small but perfectly formed selection of books, then you could present them on a wall mounted shelf. This way, they tend to be at eye-level and more likely to draw your eye.
It is also the perfect excuse to get yourself some gorgeous book-ends. Go traditional, or try a large crystal, pot plant, or even another pile of books stacked horizontally to keep your favourite novels standing to attention.
4. The Kooky Furniture
This suggestion is a bit of fun – unless you actually have the budget to get yourself a chair made of bookshelves. How cool would that be, though??
If you want your own like in the picture, then check out The Library Chair, on Etsy.
5. The Coffee Table Layout
If you have a coffee table, then make the most of laying out your most inspiring books. Ever since I did this, I actually flick through them far more often that I would if they were tucked away on a shelf.
6. The Box Approach
Boxes of books can be a challenge, as it gets too easy to forget all about the ones that inevitably end up at the bottom.
Plus, most people who love buying books also love displaying them! If you are lacking in shelves or you live in rented and can’t put up shelving, then stacking boxes into makeshift shelves can work if they are strong enough.
Crates would be best, if you can source them. And the best part?
You never run out of space, you just add another layer of crates!
7. The Admission of Defeat
Sometimes, you have to know that it is better to let a book go. Do it responsibly to ease the guilt of parting.
Can you give it to a friend who can’t afford books at the moment? Charity shop? Or even a book-swap, and then you get a whole lot of new reading out of it!
At the very least, make sure you recycle. Think of all the books that are yet to be written – perhaps your old pages are destined to be a part of that. And the circle goes on!
What’s your favourite way to store your books?
Let us know in the comments!
Bio: Sara works for Storage Vault, a Self-Storage company passionate about finding creative storage solutions to help you be more productive!