creative storage for book hoarders

My book hoarding is reaching new heights lately; both figuratively and literally. All the bookshelves in my home are at maximum capacity and there are stacks of hardbacks growing like stalagmites from my dining room floor.

Our home collection kind of exploded last week after, sadly, my favorite used bookstore shuttered its operations. But not before having a $1 sale on their entire inventory. I went a little nuts…

Also, a sweet friend recently delivered¬†an old black Jansport overflowing with¬†hardbacks — from some of my favorite authors, luck of all luck — to the flower shop. It was a happy day. Should you ever find yourself with a surplus of reading material and no place to unload it, I will gladly adopt it like a shelter puppy.

So what I’m trying to tell you is, I’m becoming the crazy cat lady, but I’m stockpiling books instead of felines?

Since our living space is relatively small with an open floor plan, I’m going to have to get crafty with ways to stash my stacks. I don’t want to spend lots of cash or take up too much valuable floor space. And if I can make it look like a cool intentional design element, all the better.

I turned to Pinterest, as you do, for inspiration to turn my book hoarding problem to a book storage solution. It didn’t disappoint.

fireplace as book storage | built-in wall storage | wine crate book case | modular bookcase | made-to-order copper pipe bookshelves | high-mounted bookshelves | floating shelves | DIY spool table | USA map bookcase | vertical bookshelf | window seat book storage

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39 thoughts on “creative storage for book hoarders”

    1. If you check out the links, there are specific details on some of the original sources. I think I’m going to try Ikea for some of the floating shelves and/or modular cases!

  1. Awesome ideas! I would love to find a more attractive way to stash my books than the random piles that seem to be sprouting up all around my room at the moment. These pictures seem like a great place to start.

  2. Amazing! My shelf looks pretty much like the second one, but there aren’t only books there but my fragrances too, which are the two things I’m most interested in:D

    1. Love that! I think you should artfully display all your favorite things. I love when women stash their designer shoes and handbags in visible bookcases and cubbies around their homes.

    1. Some of my favorite pins I stumbled upon contained turquoise bookshelves! I love the idea of a super bright and happy piece of furniture, especially for storing such precious cargo as books. :)

  3. Wonderful ideas! I love books even though I use an ereader most times now. Nothing beats the look and feel of real books. I know when it’s time to move my book collection to our finished basement I’ll be looking for some creative inspiration too!

    1. I just can’t get on board with the e-reader. I want to smell the book, and dog-ear the pages, and bend the spine. ;-) Used books are my favorite, because I love finding little notes from the previous reader in the margins.

  4. Sigh, all those books are what my dreams are made of. I store books in crazy random places, drives my husband NUTS!!

    But alas, I am a book hoarder. Love all these ideas!!!

    <3 Jules

  5. Reblogged this on Angela's Corner and commented:
    I am a book hoarder too. I am trying pare down my collection now that I read more books on my tablet and my laptop. I even have books under my bed and I have no more room to put another book or magazine away. I am ready to get my house organized with no more clutter.

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