Published on September 8, 2020

An empty wall is your best friend these days. Shelving, closets, benches—people have been all about adding storage to their homes over the past few months, according to a recent Houzz report that noted an increase in requests for custom projects from home professionals during June. Installing bookcases ranked high on that list (it saw a 126 percent spike compared to the same time in 2019). 

Other than the fact that bookcases (especially ones with lower cabinets) help you stay tidy, this update is a lot more affordable than the other renovations that have been popular during quarantine, like redoing a bathroom. In another recent survey, people revealed they spent an average of $765 on the project. (But if you hack a unit like IKEA’s Billy option, you can bring that number down to $500.) Get cozy library vibes just in time for fall with these easy bookcase ideas.

Choose a Dramatic Color

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PHOTO COURTESY OF MAGNOLIA

Hunter green radiates old-world charm in Joanna Gaines’s office-library. She took the moodiness one step further by swathing the ceiling tiles in the same hue. 

Turn It Into an Art Display

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INTERIOR PHOTO BY MARCO RICCA FOR COREY DAMEN JENKINS

Where is it written that a gallery wall has to be a wall? Transform a bookcase into an eye-catching piece by hanging a few of your favorite oil paintings or sketches along the front of the shelves. 

Allow for Easy Access

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PHOTO BY SHADE DEGGES

Make a dent in your reading list this fall by turning your bedroom into a full-on library, rolling ladder included. 

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