Book Shelf Window Seat
If you've ever coveted a cozy window seat, it's time to make your dream a reality. The easiest way is to start with a padded bench or small sofa seat placed beneath the window. Then add floating shelves on either side of the window to hold books and frame in the space. Be sure to add plenty of colorful pillows for reclining.
Create a Statement Wall
Make a wall a focal point by creating a design with shelving. Start by mapping out your design using pieces of paper in the size and shape of the shelves. Newsprint works well. Then tape the papers to the wall and hammer nails in the appropriate place. Once all the nails or screws are in place, remove the papers and start installing shelves from the middle of the design, working your way out. You can also use wall decals as a background for your design. A tree or flowery branch are good options, especially in a child's room.
Mix Traditional Shelves with Cubes
Mixing traditional shelves with display cubes is also a fun way to create interest on a wall. The cubes create a literal "frame" around books, pictures and mementos. You'll probably want to mix different sizes of cubes, but stick to shelves and cubes in the same color to unify your design. Look for shelves with a lip to hold books in place. Again, it's best to create your arrangement using pieces of newsprint cut in the size and shape of each shelf or cube. Tape the pieces to the wall, adjusting until it's perfect. Then place nails or screws in the right places. Remove papers and install shelves and cubes.
Turn A Shallow Coat Closet into a Library
Remove any existing closet rods and shelves. Then install elfa shelving to fill the space. For kids, organize books by subject matter and consider grouping them in labeled bins. If you still need some space for hanging clothes, add an elfa Closet Rod at the top and leave the Shelves or Angled Metal Shelves at the bottom for easy-to-access books.