Can you imagine if bookshelves were never invented? Where would we be without them? I am not sure how we will be arranging our books but one thing for sure, I know there will be a sea of books scattered everywhere. Bookshelves have become more than just a place to organize our books. It is a place for us to display our creative trinkets proudly, sometimes even art pieces. These days, space owners have learned how to get creative with bookshelves. Some apply their own DIY methods, others play around with decor to give it a little personality. There are plenty of pinterest-worthy styling techniques online that you can get inspiration from. Once you get the idea and learn how to decorate it on your own, you can turn any bookshelves into a stylish piece of furniture.
Turn a Bookshelf-to-Bench
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Did you know that you can turn your bookshelf into a bench? You can repaint it, place cushions on top for seating and arrange your books and magazines at the bottom. If you are looking for a furniture to decorate your mini library, this would be a perfect idea. You can also place this next to a window, and turn it into a reading corner.
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Redecorating with a Bookshelf
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Ikea’s BILLY Series bookshelves are pretty popular among home owners. It is simple and affordable, plus you can decorate it however you want. If you have a couple of similar-looking bookshelves at home, and you have a budget constraint, why not redecorate it with a stylish wallpaper design. Wallpaper too tacky for you? Then how about painting it with the colour of your choice.
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Expand Your Bookshelf Collection with Crates
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Upcycling is an in trend these days. In fact, more and more people are refurbishing pallets and crates into furniture pieces just to they can achieve the trendy, hipster look. If you are looking for something fresh, why not use crates to add on to your bookshelf collection. All you need to do is sandpaper it, paint a colour that matches your other bookshelves and nail it together. Don’t forget to varnish it!
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Bookshelves Make Great Room Dividers
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In one of our previous posts, we talked about suitable sofas for small apartments. To match your sofas, you can opt for a large cube shelving unit that would look perfect as a room divider especially for small living rooms. One of the advantages with cube bookshelves is that you can arrange your books and things on both sides of the bookshelf.
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Bookshelves for the Kids’ Room
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Bookshelves are also great for kids’ room, whether it is a nursery or a playroom. However, make sure that it is not too tall to avoid hyperactive kids from trying to climb on the shelves. A 5-panel bookshelf would be just perfect for the room. You can use baskets to organize your kids’ toys, mason jars for other smaller items and other kiddy items. For arrangement ideas, why not place the bookshelves on each side of the window like the one in the picture? It sure does make the room room spacious.
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The Bookshelf Desk
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Another great idea that can be applied in any space of your home. The bookshelf-desk is a space saver, but of course it involves a little DIY in this one. You can have a desk on each side of the shelf, or you can have it just one side, it is entirely up to you. If you have an unwanted table and a shelf, don’t throw it away! Upcycle it with this idea instead! There are many ways to create your very own bookshelf-desk. Just have to decide which one works best for you.
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Bookshelves are the fun to decorate your space with. There’s so much you can do with it once you know how you want to decorate your space. Although some bookshelves maybe pretty costly out there, don’t forget, you can always opt for the DIY method. Whether it is upcycling, redecorating or refurbishing it, you can start with your own shelves, or shop at popular platforms like Mudah.my for a much more affordable range.