Asked on Nov 7, 2020

Storage idea for books ?

Cheryl ASimple Nature DecorKen Erickson


Hii all

I've got a collection of an old book that I referred during my studies. I'm not interested in dumping these books. We currently keep this in a cardboard box, but I need to dig the whole box to find the one I want. Due to the limited space, I had kept my whole books in a temporary storage unit nearby. My idea is to make them more accessible within the limited space. Can anyone suggest new ideas to store the books in a neat and well-organized manner?

20 answers
  • The best idea is a book case. Often you can find them at a reasonable price in thrift stores or yard sales. If floor space is a problem, shelves on the wall are a re great option, just be sure to anchor them in wall studs.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Nov 7, 2020

    Make a packing list and put on each container of which books are inside. Use smaller containers so you don’t have to rummage so much.

  • Janice
    on Nov 7, 2020

    Hi Mack, I couldn't locate a pic but some time ago I saw that someone had stacked books in columns and then used a belta to keep them stable, making either an end table or ottoman. Nice way to make them useful, attractive, and still accessible.

  • Em
    on Nov 7, 2020

    Roll out underbed storage. Shelving high up on the wall that you can reach with a step stool.

  • Deb K
    Deb K
    on Nov 7, 2020

    Hi Mack, you could make a beautiful book case, here are a few ideas for you to check out

  • Johnavallance82
    on Nov 7, 2020

    Hi Mack,

    A tall Bookcase! Under your Bed etc.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Nov 7, 2020

    I believe they have folding bookcases which would be an easy option to transport and possibly store. Perhaps that could be an option to consider

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    on Nov 7, 2020

    This may help you with some ideas for storage:

  • Mogie
    on Nov 7, 2020

    I bought a bed frame from Amazon last year. It is made so there is no need for a box spring so the extra space is available for storage. I have almost 14 inches of storage under my bed.

    If you have an empty space above your kitchen cabinets that would also be a good place to put your books. Of course make sure it isn't near water or heat.

    If you are short on storage space why not get and use a cedar chest? I have 2 of them and each is stuffed with blankets, pillows, etc.

    My house is short of storage also.

  • Redcatcec
    on Nov 7, 2020

    Take the time to go through your books and make a decision as to what applies to support your career. We went through years of college and courses that we found applicable then, now, not so much. Our careers have evolved beyond those books that supported some one's teaching of a course. And we have the Internet along with your institutions polices and procedures. If there is no reason to keep them as a reference (you have you tests and notes) , then why try to store them just because you bought them. Find a place that has a book exchange and let them go. Keep the few books you say you need on a bookshelf at work or in your office where they are applicable. Hope I did not hurt your feelings, sorry if I did. Wishing you the best.

  • Cynthia H
    Cynthia H
    on Nov 7, 2020

    Hi! I love furniture that does double duty. There are inexpensive ottomans that you can use as a footstool and store stuff under the lid. I have a rather large ottoman instead of a coffee table and it is great for storage. Good luck!

  • Michelle Leslie
    Michelle Leslie
    on Nov 8, 2020

    Hi Mack, here's a really neat idea to create storage behind the coach

  • Flipturn
    on Nov 8, 2020

    Over the door shelves (with brackets, or floating shelves) are one floor-space-saving storage idea for books.

  • Jenna Dee
    Jenna Dee
    on Nov 8, 2020

    A shelf built above a door frame uses space in a room that is not usable otherwise. This can be done in a kitchen for cookbooks,a bedroom or family room for reading material and a bathroom for extra supplies. Be sure that the shelf is well secured by using the studs behind the wallboard for proper support.

  • Unexpected Elegance
    Unexpected Elegance
    on Nov 8, 2020

    Perhaps one of these ideas will work for you:

  • Betsy
    on Nov 9, 2020

    Hi Mack: One thing you can do is to get a set of bed risers that lift your bed about 5 or 6 inches. Then, you can use the space under your bed for storage. You can get a bookshelf, put wheels on the back in the corners (use the ones that swivel) and slide it under your bed. You can make a handle using rope and drilling holes into the side or end. Get a length about 2 feet long, put the ends of the rope into the holes on the inside and make a knot. Makes a quick handle :) Also, you can get a book shelf that is sort of on the narrow and tall side, and hang it above your couch or bed (be sure you put the screws into the studs), and hang it sideways as opposed to up and down. I have one that I store my material in that way. Good luck

  • Ken Erickson
    Ken Erickson
    on Nov 9, 2020

    Do you have room for a bookcase?

  • Cheryl A
    Cheryl A
    on Nov 11, 2020

    here is an idea- my friend did this and it looks so nice and stores all her books

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