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What to do With All Those Books?

In this digital age, it seems logical that we would find fewer uses for printed matter such as books and magazines. It is an interesting insight into the human condition, then, that despite our access to digital media, the ritual of thumbing through a magazine or turning the pages of a real book remains one of our favourite pastimes. 

And while we may be prepared to donate or giveaway certain books that we no longer need, there are some that linger in our lives that we have a real connection to. Maybe it’s the book of poetry you bought as a teenager, or a first edition by a favourite author. What can we do with all of these books and magazines so that they are seen, not as clutter, but rather as old friends.

  • In a bookcase, try placing books in order of the colour of their spine, lining up like colours and ignoring size to group them. Line books up without filling the whole shelf, leaving room for interesting artworks or ornaments.
  • Built-in bookshelves help save space and enable you to design it to your exact requirements. For example, shelves built along a wall beside a staircase add interest to an otherwise unused space.
  • Reconditioned half crates and pallets can be placed along walls for storage and make the ideal solution for children’s books; allowing them to put books back in their place without struggling with standing them upright on a shelf.
  • For a more minimalist look, sleek doors attached to bookcases gives a cleaner line to what can be an otherwise busy space.
  • If you really don’t have the space to store your much-loved books, consider recycling all but the front cover. Have the front cover framed and display it on the wall so you can enjoy the nostalgia and significance of the book without sacrificing space.
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