Create visual interest on your bookshelf by varying the shelf heights and displaying taller objects. Here, a combination of photos, sports memorabilia and industrial decor adds a personal touch to the built-in shelf.
Yes you want the house to sell itself but often times what attracts the buyer is what they see such as special additions that make the space particularly unique. This one of a kind bookshelf with wood ladder is an example of added character that attracts buyers.
Interior designer Tiffany Brooks covered the backing of the built-in bookcase with green grass cloth wallpaper that highlights the white books and accessories on the open shelves, including a pair of fun white ear-shaped bookends.
Custom bookcases that were designed and installed in tandem with the custom banquette are styled with a mix of vintage, industrial and affordable mass-produced accessories. Design by HGTV Star contestant Jessie Miller
Unless your shelves are fixed in a built-in or other shelving unit, "vary shelf heights so they don't all line up exactly," suggests Nancy Barsotti, ASID fellow and interior designer in New York City and Pittsburgh. You'll be able to use larger pieces and break out of the "lined-up soldiers" look that gets boring so quickly.
This hidden door bookcase leads from an office to the guest quarters in a private home in Alameda, Calif. Designed by Mark Dutka of InHouse Design Studio, it’s made of rift oak with a natural finish, and is just one part of a highly complex design which covers every inch of the room’s walls. It was quite the challenge, but Dutka's specialty is the design of custom cabinetry solutions for specialized residential environments. Our question is, what’s the secret password?
Look closely at these bookcases and note that they’re built on industrial disc casters, designed to be beautiful and practical office/room dividers. They’re literally colorful, moveable walls. Hanson Hsu of Delta H Design Inc. designed them with both form and function in mind. The shorter, higher shelves hold smaller books, which are lighter. The middle three shelves hold standard-sized binders and/or medium-sized books, while the very tall lower shelves are for large-format art, architecture and photography books, which can be heavy and cumbersome, therefore easier to handle down low. These bookshelves are constructed of walnut and have a frosted Plexiglas backing so the books don’t fall through.
Turn a bookcase into a headboard. Jo Torrijos, a blogger from Atlanta, transformed a freebie bookcase from a friend into a functional and fashionable headboard in this bedroom. “Since I need room to store books, magazines and styling props, using this as a headboard provides plenty of storage and also doubles as nightstands where I can place a pair of lamps and any other bedside necessities,” says Torrijos.