I’m fascinated by the Tiny House movement– people ditching the McMansion and instead building itty bitty living spaces on trailer beds. I love the idea of scaling down, needing less, and combating American consumerism (though to be honest I have serious issues with how the most publicized, “attractive,” and therefore expensive versions of these homes get put in magazines while the ones most poor people live in–we call them trailer homes–are looked down on). Living in a tiny home, or any tiny space (helllooooo city-dwellers in studio apartments) often means giving up your physical books, but it doesn’t have to. Check out these inspirational uses of small spaces for personal libraries:
This tiny house uses a bathroom wall for books and a television- and is currently for sale!
April Anson lives in a 120-square foot tiny house, and managed to squeeze in this floor-to-ceiling bookshelf by sticking it under the loft stairs.
This 540-square foot vacation home is just north of Portland (of course), and also makes use of under-the-loft-stairs space for housing books, just on a larger (??) scale than the first example.
This 240-square foot New York apartment makes room for books with a CRAWL-IN BOOK CUBBY. I have an average sized suburban house and I want a crawl-in book cubby.
A 704-square foot North Carolina cabin with books stored under the stair risers. Stairs seem to be where it’s at, eh?
Rowan Kunz‘s tiny house is entirely off-grid, AND she built most of it herself. This one isn’t lofted, so the book area is a little more traditional. The wall that blocks off her sleeping space provided an area for a small library with a cozy little chair.
This is a birdhouse. That’s real. A house for pigeons on the back of a Louisiana estate. The owners cleaned it out (obviously) and converted it into a guest house- the pigeon boxes are now functioning as built-in bookshelves.
Ariel’s 180-square foot Wyoming house makes use of over-the-sink empty space for stashing books.
This 12′ x 28′ house in Texas houses a couple and their three-year-old, and they’ve solved some of the book storage space issues by installing bookshelves at the head and foot of one of the beds.
This under-the-bed storage shelf was designed for CDs, but of course you can build your own and use it for books.
Any other ideas for storing books in tiny spaces?