Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Shelves tend to be bulky and expensive, especially if you're looking to invest in something that will last. If you are a bookworm or a packrat looking for less than conventional ways to spruce up your place, think outside the box.
Here are seven alternatives to the usual bookcase, shelf ensemble…
1. Decorative baskets
They're cheap and they come in a large variety of shapes and materials to suit your apartment's look. They are also versatile, being easier to move around when the occasion or need arises.
2. Cool crates
For those looking to add a country and rustic feel to their home, you can score crates from garage sales or even your local wine store. These are also easy to move, mix around and match.
3. Bricks and wood
For those who are into open shelving, makeshift shelves can be made using a few bricks and plywood. This can easily expand to add more shelves, which mean more storage space.
4. Angled mending plates
While it's meant to support shelves, you can create a futuristic floating effect by drilling these onto the walls and piling books onto them, from largest to smallest.
5. Lovely ladders
Get two large ladders and large planks of wood; insert them through the steps to create a large bookshelf. If you want something cozier, you can use just one ladder and repurpose each step using a smaller piece of wood.
6. Old belts with angled mending plates
Buckle up the belts and hang them over the installed angled mending plates. Weigh them down with your books.
7. Old drawers
This takes a little more effort than the previous suggestions, but if you really want something to stand out, see if you can get some old drawers from antique stores. Hang these up on your walls, use them to store anything from books to knick-knacks.