Looking for some inspiration for your living room shelves? These ideas will help you design the perfect storage to fit into your space, whatever its shape or size.
1. Keep everything behind closed doors. If you want to hide all your items away, consider adding some doors to your shelving. This nifty storage unit has room for all sorts of stuff, including media items. Everything is arranged neatly, so it looks good while open, but for a more streamlined look, the doors can be closed.
2. Reverse the idea of chimney alcoves. This clever design has turned the idea of alcove shelving on its head. A wood stove sits on a sleek, gray platform and is flanked by two shelving units either side. The fire sits in the alcove, while the shelves are protruding. It’s a great way to add character to an otherwise flat wall.
3. Frame a window. Another way to bring in the look of alcove shelving is to use a window as your central element instead of a fireplace. Here, the wall spaces either side of the sash window have been turned into attractive storage features.
4. Make the most of recessed shelving. Shelving that’s been cut into the wall is a lovely, neat solution that doesn’t intrude on a room. You can allow the recessed shelves to blend into the wall, or you can make a feature of them.
These shelves have been designed to form an unusual shape and painted in a contrasting color to the purple wall so they stand out. The result is both practical and striking.
6. Look to the floor. Maximize any unused space at ground level by tucking in some storage that can be pulled out. Here, a wide wooden container looks beautiful in the recess and provides plenty of storage space. Make the container easy to move by adding some wheels to the bottom.
7. Go up and over the door. Think you’ve run out of wall space? You could always use the area above the door. The shelves here go all the way up to the ceiling and over the door frame. Not only does it provide a vast amount of storage, it also makes a feature of the door. Don’t forget, though, that you’ll need a library ladder to access the top shelves.
8. Style up your staircase. If your stairs are in the living room, it makes sense to turn them into a feature. Here, the banister has been replaced by a floor-to-ceiling shelving unit that provides ample storage and looks fantastic.
9. Go modular. For shelving that’s flexible, opt for a modular system. This wall is covered by a flexible design that allows shelves to be added or adjusted whenever the need arises. The modern design looks sleek and stylish and adds an industrial edge to the period property.
10. Maximize space with a ladder shelf. If you want to add some attractive free-standing storage, you can’t beat a ladder shelf. The design is simple and elegant, and the angled shape makes it unobtrusive. A pair of ladder shelves have been tucked into a corner of this living room, providing a useful storage feature that doesn’t block the light from the window.