Five Creative Ways to Use a Bookcase

Sure, a bookcase is meant to hold books, but it can also be one of the most multi-functional pieces of furniture you own. If you think outside the box – or the shelf, in this case – you’ll discover that a bookcase can be utilized in every room of your house. Take a look at these five creative ways to use a bookcase.

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1. Mudroom Organizer

The entry way to your home tends to collect clutter. You’re removing your boots or shoes. You’re bringing in shopping bags. And your kids are unloading backpacks. Use a bookshelf, like our Natal III White Bookcase, to organize all of these items in style. With or without baskets, you can store footwear, hats, gloves, reusable shopping bags, the dog’s leash and keys in an easy-to-find location. Your kids can also use the cubbies to hold their schoolwork and supplies.

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2. Media Console

With flat-screen televisions, the depth of your media console is no longer an issue. Why not use a shorter bookcase, such as our Austin Barnwood Bookcase, to store DVDs and media equipment on the open shelves? Place two or three together to create a sleek entertainment center. The streamlined look is easy to customize.

 

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3. Faux Wall

If you want to separate zones or divide an oversized, open space, a bookcase quickly creates the illusion of a wall. Use an open shelf, like our Park View Room Divider, to define areas while keeping things airy. Or place two bookcases back to back with the sides placed against a wall, creating a cozy library or reading nook.

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4. Nightstand

Bedside tables often hold your alarm clock, lamp, book and beverage. If you think about it, the best way to store these items would be one of the ways to use a bookcase. Our 35” Valenca Bookcase, will be just the right height to hold things at an easy-to-grab level. It also offers a bit more storage for magazines, tissues and other items that come in handy when you’re ready for bed.

 

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5. Headboard

Instead of using a bookcase as a nightstand, use a taller version, such as our 72-inch Bookcase, and create a headboard. King- and queen-sized beds might require two placed next to each other. Use the eye-level shelves to hold your clock and reading materials. Then style the higher shelves to create an attractive display with favorite photos and accessories. You can even use wallpaper or paint on the backs of the shelves for extra interest. And if your mattress is on wheels, store extra linens on the lower shelves behind the bed.

Now that you have five ways to use a bookcase, which one will you add to your home next?

Storage Must-Haves for Kids

If getting your child to clean their room is a constant struggle, it may be time to set them up for success. Too often kids’ rooms become activity catch-alls: part bedroom, part den, part playroom and part library. Keeping all of those tasks neat and contained is a challenge – especially when you’re four feet tall or under. Smart parents take time to bring in storage solutions for kids that can make cleaning a room easier. Here are ten tips for helping your child’s keep their room tidy:

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1. Include them in the organizing process

It’s tempting to rush in and take care of it, but getting your child’s input on furnishings and where things go is important. If they have a say, they’re much more likely to keep up with it.

2. Get rid of extras

Make sure everything that is in your child’s room needs to be there. For example, store out of season clothing and neglected toys in bins in the basement or attic.

3. Create zones

Organize your child’s room with a designated area for sleeping, studying and playing. Then add storage solutions for kids that can accommodate the items needed for those tasks. Place a bookshelf near a beanbag chair for reading, for example, or include basket or bins for storing toys.

4. Set a limit

Keep things fresh by keeping toys to a minimum. Decide on a number of items that is manageable and rotate out the toys so they play with them more.

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5. Reclaim wasted space

Maximize storage capacity by looking up and down. Choose a bed with storage drawers built in the base – perfect for storing clothing as well as toys. And hang pocket organizers on closet doors to hold small items such as socks or stuffed animals.

6. Display special items

Have a space where your child can keep treasures, such as trophies, awards, artwork and vacation souvenirs. A shelf or bulletin board will keep these things neat and contained.

7. Think small

Consider your child’s size when you bring in storage solutions for kids. For young children, keeping shelves low will encourage them to put things away. Make sure closet rods are multi-level, helping your child get ready in the morning.

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8. Label where things go

Help your child know where things belong by making it clear. You can use words, pictures or a combination of both.

9. Color code for siblings

If children share a room, consider assigning each a different color. Then use bins and hangers in those colors for their toys and clothing.

10. Schedule in regular maintenance

Make cleaning up a habit by creating a routine. For example, create a rule that beds must be made before breakfast. Or wind down every day with a 15-minute tidy-up session before bedtime. Set a timer and it will feel like a game.

When kids make picking up their rooms a habit, the whole house will feel more organized!

Outdoor Storage Solutions That Are Also Stylish

It’s the season for backyard accessories, tools and toys, and that means you need storage. Give your garage a break this summer; today’s outdoor storage solutions become a part of your furniture arrangement.

From hidden drawers to organizers on wheels, you’ll find what you need to beautifully tuck away blankets, binoculars and bug spray. Take a look:

 

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Hidden Drawers

An ottoman with a secret drawer. Need we say more? This is the perfect spot for storing sunscreen, sunglasses and magazines. And it doubles as a comfortable chair.

 

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Storage Ottoman

Need more space? The lid of this storage ottoman lifts to hold pool floats, pillows and citronella candles. It’s also sturdy enough to double as a table, providing a great place to set your snacks while you chat.

 

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Wicker Chest

This beautiful wicker chest adds seating to your space, while the lid lifts to tuck away cushions, blankets and more. No one will guess it’s hiding a mess.

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Storage Caddy

Roll the party over here! This handy float caddy keeps everything for your pool tidy and contained. And it blends in with your outdoor décor.