getting more out of a small space: book shelves

Our home is relatively small, which is great when it comes to cleaning, but can present some challenges when it comes to decorating and creating storage. We are always looking for little ways to make the most out of the space we do have. For awhile now I’ve been thinking about a way to bring more books into our main living space. I love to read, but I also love being surrounded by books – it makes me feel cozy and smart. I have always loved the look of built in shelves, but we just don’t have the space.


Solution: We took an awkward and wasted space and filled it with books! The best part: we did it for less than $20. The space we used is in our “dining room” (I use that term loosely) at the end of a banquet we recently installed (more on that later).


Here’s how we did it (note, these are floating shelves and this method will only work in a corner):

We started by drawing a level line on both walls.

We anchored 3 small ‘L’ brackets to the wall using drywall plugs (we prefer the white “EZ” screw-in type).


Next, we screwed the board (which we had cut to size and stained) onto the brackets, and voila! Rick used a miter cut to create a lip so the books won’t fall off. You could use a more traditional book end, or stack your books in a different way if you want to avoid making these cuts.

The brackets were set 1” in from the front and side edges of the board, and about 1” from the corner of the wall on the long side of the board.


The corner bracket is what’s holding all the weight of the unsupported corner of the board, so there is a limit to how much weight the shelf can hold and how long it can be.

For now we have sorted our books by colour (so trendy right now), over time we can switch things up and display different books, or other things we love to look at…the possibilities are endless!

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!


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