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5 Ways to Customize Your Mass-Produced Bookshelf

Mass-produced bookshelves. We’ve all got them, don’t we? (If your answer is “no,” I applaud you…and then turn to the rest of the world whose answer is the opposite.) There’s nothing wrong with a standard bookshelf per se – it holds books and treasures, makes things easily accessible, provides structure and storage. Those are all good things. However, the problem lies in the fact that they tend to be so…well…generic. Sterile. Devoid of personality or detail.

Never fear! I encourage you to keep these bookshelves in your home; you may simply make modest changes to customize them; thereafter, your sense of style will shine! Consider these ideas to get you started:


Unexpected Presentation – Granted, the traditional bookshelf is set upon the floor and filled with books. Period. That’s why I love this askew take on bookshelves! Hung diagonally, as you see here, or even mounted partway up the wall, your shelf will break the mold of “typical” and set your space apart. I think this arrangement, with the television mounted overtop a series of diagonal bookshelves, is particularly enchanting.

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Creative Tips For Organizing Your Cluttered Bookshelves

You may not have known this but there comes a time, in every cluttered bookshelf, when it a cluttered bookshelf could use some well-needed organization. This brings about the question of what to keep, what to throw away and how to go about it all. Are there books you no longer need or not interested in reading even in a long time to come? It is time to do a complete overhaul of the bookshelf and with the following creative tips for organizing your cluttered bookshelves, you are sure to find yourself doing justice to your project.

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Create a focal point with a well styled bookshelf

Start with a decluttered shelf:

There is no way you would be able to properly organize your cluttered bookshelf if you don’t remove everything from the shelf. After dusting and polishing the shelf, it is then time to start reorganizing the books properly. Failure to do this, you might just end up spending more time than necessary carrying out the project since if you get it all wrong, you would have no option than to start all over again.

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Uncommon (but Fantastic) Shelves

The person who can eke out storage space in his/her home is a happy person…because where there is storage, there is order. Shelves are a perfect way to do this, and there are many places (some of them unexpected) in homes where shelves work miracles. This is especially true when shelves can be created to perform double-duty as an aesthetic style element that doubles as functional storage space.


These bright red bedroom bookshelves take an otherwise “wasted” wall and turn it into an eye-catching display of various books and knick-knacks. Where built-in bookshelves tend to appear more solemn and dark, these bright free-floating shelves provide a lighter, airier feel to the room overall. I love how the bold color makes each shelf stand out and, combined, creates an artistic element.

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The UnWaste bookcase – a piece of furniture that hides many secrets

An ideal bookcase is one that provides plenty of storage for all the books and decorations or collectibles, one that is visually appealing and doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the décor and, most importantly, one that uses the space intelligently. The UnWaste bookcase definitely has all these points covered. Moreover, it also offers something extra.The surprise element of the UnWaste bookcase is the fact that the shelving walls are rotating. They reveal the room placed behind the wall and thus create a strong connection between the two areas.

It’s a bookcase that divides the two rooms, in this case the living and sleeping areas, but that also has the potential to connect them and to open them on towards the other. This ingenious and original piece of furniture is the result of the collaboration between architect Ben Milbourne from Bild Archtiecture, eco-designer Leyla Acaroglu from Eco Innovators and specialist furniture designer David Waterworth from Against the Grain.

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Simple, functional and space-saving floating wall shelving ideas

All the rooms, regardless of their function, size and décor, need space for storage. But finding a solution that allows you to maintain a simple and airy décor, to efficiently store and display everything you need and to save space at the same time is not as easy as it might seem. But there is one element that always solves the problem. We’re talking about wall-mounted shelves. They’re simple, practical and they allow you to save valuable floor space. Here are a few ideas of how you can integrate them into your home’s décor.

We’re going to start with the living room because it’s usually the central area of the residence. Living rooms are social areas and they’re usually spacious. They should stay this way so solutions must be found to keep the décor airy while also solving the storage problems. A few simple shelves would be great for displaying decorations and storing small items.

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The Alphabet Library from France, a place where reading is a pleasure

Reading is a tricky activity. You either love or you hate it. But it’s easier to be part of the first category when you see libraries like this one. Here, reading is indeed a pleasure. This is the Alphabet Library. Unlike many old reading rooms from the libraries in France, this one combines all the different details of the décor into one continuous image.

The library’s interior was a project by architect Stephane Hof. It can be found in Zaha Hadid’s Pierres Vives government building in Montpellier. The interior design is minimalist, modern and very inviting. It’s what any library should be like. This reading room is lined with glowing bookcases which give it a rather futuristic look. The bookcases are not just décor. They also emanate soft, diffuse light, very pleasant to the eyes, especially when reading.

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Minimalist concrete shelf

Floating shelves are an element typical to contemporary designs and interior. They have that detail that allows them to impress but they also manage to maintain a very simple and minimalist look. This particular shelf is even more surprising. It’s a concrete shelf. Concrete is not a material very popular in this particular area of design. Floating shelves are usually made of wood, metal or glass. But it’s always interesting to see new variations of the same concept.

The shelf has a subtle industrial feel. The concrete makes it seem a little cold and this detail can be exploited in the interior décor. For example, you can place the shelf above a fireplace where its coldness will be balanced by the warmth emanated by the fireplace itself. Also, the shelf can be placed anywhere else in the living room. It would make an interesting addition in an office where it would complement nicely the sobriety of the décor.

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