Turns out, there’s a multitude of ways to utilize bookcases in your home. Here’s a few ways to use these multi-functional pieces for more than just your home library.
If you have a large entryway, a small space, or your door opens right up to your living room, there’s a bookcase in the right shape and size to store your favorite shoes or storage baskets right by the door. Use the top to keep outerwear, keys, and bags. For more tips on keeping your entryway tidy, read our Simple Entryway Storage Ideas article.
If your bathroom needs some serious organization (and whose doesn’t?), an étagère or a narrow cube bookcase is the perfect solution. Keep cosmetics, toiletries, towels, and other essentials organized and easy to find on even the most chaotic of mornings. For more bathroom storage solutions, visit our Bathroom Storage Ideas article.
A low-sitting bookcase is ideal for use as a TV stand (just be sure to pay attention to the weight capacity). The bottom compartments can be used for media components, DVDs, Blu-rays, accessories, and more.
Whether you share a room or you have a small space, a room divider bookcase can give the illusion of a larger, well-considered space. Room divider bookcases look great from all angles and take your space from a bedroom to a home office instantly if you plan to use create a dual-purpose room.
Mimic the look of custom shelving with a tall bookcase for the shoe storage of your dreams in your closet, bedroom, entryway, or garage. Again, choose one with adjustable shelves to suit your shoe arsenal of varying heights, from tall boots to ballet flats.
Remember what you did for your shoes? A bookcase can also organize your handbags and folded sweaters, jeans, and shirts. Maybe you have a spare room you use as a closet; this is great for keeping extra folded items in lieu of or in addition to a dresser. You can also find bookcases to fit in your closet for added organization.
Bar & Dining Storage
You have a beloved collection of rare bottles, shot glasses from around the world, and drinkware – why not show them off? Store your favorite barware and dishes on a bookcase in your home bar, rec room, or dining area.
Put leaning or modular bookcases on either side of your TV to keep DVDs, Blu-rays, or video games organized. Got an impressive record collection? A bookcase with adjustable shelves is a perfect storage solution to showcase and organize your vinyl.
There are lots of toy organizer ideas out there to choose from but a bookcase offers loads of functionality and storage possibilities to a space. Use baskets and bins to conceal clutter. Keep smaller toys like blocks and mini cars together while placing books upright with their titles facing outward so they are easy to find.
Slide or stack multiple bookcases together to create a library wall that makes a decorative statement as well as adds more storage to a space.