DIY Built In Shelves

DIY Built In Shelves

Frankie Elmquist is an interior architect and our home design specialist. She’s worked around the globe for some of the top design firms in the world and now she brings her expertise to you.

Short on storage space? These DIY built in shelves can help. Take advantage of available ceiling height to create a hanging home library.

When it comes to book storage it seems there is never enough floor space. If you love living with books and you have some ceiling height, consider raising your bookshelves off the floor and installing them on the wall. In the living room design above, we attached a basic set of low bookcases to the walls, just below the ceiling. This creates a hanging library without sacrificing any floor space or even much wall space.

Install your bookcases on one wall to create a feature wall or wrap them around the whole room for a cozy library feel. We applied this idea to a living room. However, you can use this concept in a bedroom, kitchen, dining room or even a hallway.

When selecting the shelving units for your DIY built in shelves, check out the underside of the unit, as this will be visible when you hang them. If it’s unfinished or unsightly, simply flip and install your shelving unit upside down.

Hang your bookcases at height that’s comfortable and easy to reach. Then, add a fun step ladder for easy access. Step ladders make great side tables and can also provide extra seating in a pinch. Here are a few of our favorites:

Best Step Stools for Home Libraries 

Hitch Stool by CB2, Baltimora Stool by Geddy, Bekvam Step Stool by Ikea

These DIY built in shelves were created using RoomSketcher Home Designer. RoomSketcher is an easy-to-use floor plan and home design tool that you can use to create cool home design projects online. You can see the complete room design here – See DIY Built In Shelves Project.

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For more DIY Home Design Ideas & Inspiration:

DIY Kitchen Ideas – Creative Kitchen Cabinets

DIY Bathroom Storage Ideas

Built in Home Office Desk

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