Shelving should suit the way you live and the space you have. Find a place for everything with these ideas using freestanding, wall-hung and modular shelves.
Place three open shelf units flush to the wall to create the look of built-in storage that doesn’t dominate the room – and requires no DIY.
Allow 3cm to 5cm space above books so you can easily pull them out.For accessibility, go for units no higher than 21cm, with the top shelf at 180cm.Shelves should be 30cm wide to fit larger books and 20cm for paperbacks, CDs and DVDs. Leave 25cm to 30cm between each shelf.Hardback books are heavy, so need sturdy shelves. Slim shelves are only suitable for lighter paperbacks and ornaments.
Keep the wall color light to contrast with dark shelving and provide a backdrop for ornaments.Divide the room and add space for everything.Separate living and dining areas with freestanding shelves. They’ll add storage that can be accessed from both sides.