If you like design, there’s a good chance you also like books—especially ones about interiors and art, which tend to be big. No matter the subject, books bring so much joy to a home—whether it’s by providing entertainment, education, or escape. And on a more superficial level, they add color and texture to a space to make it more visually rich and interesting too.
So yeah, you’re probably going to have more than a few bookcases full of books, especially if you’ve been collecting since you were young. But what do you do when you run out of room? You pretty much get to stacking.
These creative display ideas should give you some inspiration if you’re running low on shelf space.
Stacking In A Corner
You could go rogue and set up your own column near a door opening or in a corner—somewhere that’s sort of out of the way of traffic flow in your space. Because boy, is this configuration tenuous!
Books could topple at any second without the hidden shelf. But the visual impact is worth the risk.
Going vertical is the logical first step, and yes, there’s a bookshelf that can make this tedious process of stacking books up easier.
It’s called the Sapien, and The Container Store has its own version.
In this IKEA image, it appears that the books here are actually supporting the tabletop of this sawhorse style desk on one side. Unclear whether this would work outside of a studio photo shoot.
But you could certainly try it. You might want to even it out by using four stacks of books in each of the corners. Just a thought.
Fill It Up
Want a striking mantel display for basically little to no effort? Books! Go the stacks on stacks on stacks route here, and make sure you have them oriented in a couple of different directions for added interest.
Putting bookends and a cool lamp in the mix will help too.