Built-in bookshelves, with their visual heft and custom touches, are the ultimate luxury for the organizing-obsessed—especially if you're renting and can only dream of such things.
However, even if you do own your own place, they can often be prohibitively expensive to build. (And then there's the matter of deciding where they should go . . . forever.)
So why not hack built-ins instead? A few design tricks can turn simple floating shelves or cheap bookcases into stately furnishings fit for your most important collections. Plus, if you have to move, you can dismantle them in a snap. Here are some of our favourite ideas:
Add moulding to a simple bookcase
The blogger behind The Makerista upgraded a friend's IKEA Billy bookshelves with pieces of decorative base and crown moulding that match the walls, giving the furniture's basic profile some welcome gravitas.
Build shelves around a pre-existing architectural moment
Oftentimes, your room will include a window or doorway smack in the middle of the wall where you'd like to have some storage. Use the scenario to your advantage and construct shelves that climb up and over the feature, framing it.
Install picture lighting above your bookcase
Picture lights like the ones atop the bookshelves in Fiona Kotur's Hong Kong home instantly make us think of grand old libraries. Use them to give simple furniture a sense of importance.
Pair shelves with a bigger piece
Have an empty nook that you're unsure how to approach? Bring in a floating console and top it with a few minimalist floating shelves. Wedged in between two walls, the setup looks meant-to-be.
Match the shelves' finish to the walls
Take inspiration from the wood-on-wood open shelving in this Nashville home's working pantry.
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