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Clever Ways To Organize Books Without Shelves

Be the envy of all budding bookworms with these ideas

Photography: and Julie Powell via Pinterest (Main Photo)

Whether you're a student who has a ton of textbooks or just an avid reader who is never seen without a book in hand, you would know that it can be pretty challenging to figure out a storage system for an extensive collection of hardbounds and paperbacks. 

If you had your way, you'd probably wish you had several tall and spacious bookshelves where you can arrange your favorite titles. However, large shelving doesn't automatically work with every space—it can make tiny homes feel cramped and make open spaces seem overbearing. Thankfully, there are alternative ways to showcase your books that don't involve a trip to the furniture store. Check them out below: 

Put a plain windowsill to good use by turning it into a makeshift shelf! Line your books up in a row, add a pair of charming bookends and a vase of fresh blooms to complete the look. 

If you want to store your books somewhere that's out-of-sight, a dual-function ottoman is the solution to your woes. You can take out what you want to read anytime and put it back when you're done with it. The best part? It keeps your well-loved paperbacks free from dust, too. 

RL Tip: Moisture is the enemy when keeping paper in closed spaces. Keep your books crisp by adding a sachet of baking soda inside the ottoman to absorb the humidity.

All bookworms know that any free surface is a good space for storing books. Got a table near your bed? Instead of styling a vignette, arrange your favourite titles in neat piles with the most interesting covers on top—after all, books make great decor. 

For those who don't want to spend a single dime on storage, stacking is the easiest way to store books without a shelf. Put them on the floor and sort them by genre with the books you like to browse on top to keep your towers from toppling. 

RL Tip: If you're arranging books that you're keeping for sentimental value and you no longer have plans to reread them, consider adding a decorative accent on top to turn it into a focal point. 

Channel your inner Rory Gilmore and store books under seating, beds or desks. Aside from saving space, your books won't cause clutter in your main living area, too. There is only one downside—tucked-away nooks can get dusty so make sure to clean it regularly. 

PHOTOS: and Julie Powell via Pinterest (Main) | | | 

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