What can I do with a wall of built in bookshelves?

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We are buying a home from 2 retired school teachers. The home has a small office/bedroom. To re-do the room, does anybody have any ideas on what to do with the bookshelves besides tearing them down? (I just don't have a big book/CD/DVD collection-at least not one that big)!
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  • Darla Darla on Nov 09, 2015
    There are so many things you can do with shelves! Use them for dish, picture or other display, files, basket storage for just about anything that will fit, office space, electronics, etc.

  • Lauren365 Lauren365 on Nov 09, 2015
    If you want to keep them, you could install a series of doors at the bottom for closed storage (and less visual clutter). If you're handy, you could do a little deconstruction and cut them in half to either have upper shelves only or lower shelves only. I guess this would depend on your furnishing and storage/display needs. For that matter, you could also leave them floor-to-ceiling in one section but make them less wide. Honestly, the possibilities are endless!

  • Inetia Inetia on Nov 09, 2015
    Fill them with pretty storage boxes, baskets, books, photos, decor accents. Make it an eclectic work of art.

  • Barb Barb on Nov 09, 2015
    Yes, a picture would help a lot. Maybe remove enough shelves for the headboard of a guest bed and let the rest surround the headboard.

  • Grady Grady on Nov 10, 2015
    I agree with everyone else.

  • Kincaid99 Kincaid99 on Nov 14, 2015
    If you sew, this would make a great place for sewing room, store all materials in labeled baskets. Crochet items would store there nicely in baskets. The idea of cutting out a section for a headboard is great, also putting on some doors. Paint the shelves and maybe line the back with maps, book pages or French words, etc.

  • Bdevillez63 Bdevillez63 on Nov 14, 2015
    Thank you all so much for your wonderful creative ideas! I now know how to re-work this area!

  • Dee Dee on Jan 05, 2016
    If you want to get the most out of the room, how about incorporating a diy murphy bed in the middle. When it folds up you could perhaps have a narrow desk to use for a computer on the other side of the bed?