Get Creative with Bookshelves

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Bookshelves are one of those items that everyone has but nobody spends too much time thinking about. As long as your books are organized and in one place, does it really matter what the shelves look like? Of course it does! This most practical of home furnishings can be yet another way to let your personality shine in your home. Realistically, you can turn nearly anything into a unique display for books, photos, and decorative objects with a just little imagination and some elbow-grease. We've collected a few ideas for shelves constructed out of non-traditional items to inspire your weekend project.

Wine Crate Coffee Table
(Via A Place to Get Lost)

The two images above are great examples of how wooden wine crates can be re-purposed into book storage. You can stack alternating sized boxes for a completely one-of-a-kind wall shelving as seen in the first image, but we especially love this coffee table/bookshelf combo made out of wine crates.

Skateboard Bookshelf
(Via Homedit)

Old skateboards find new life when assembled as a low bookshelf. If you can only find one or two vintage boards at a time, mount them horizontally on your wall for that floating bookshelf look.

Ladder Bookshelf
(Via Jenna Sue Design)

Turning ladders into shelving isn't anything new, however we are totally in love with this simple spin by Jenna Sue Design. An old ladder was re-finished into a magazine rack that's as pretty to look at it as it is completely functional. It's a kind of mix of rustic and modern.

Suitcase Shelf
(Via Bunbunmyers)

We've seen vintage suitcases cut in half and turned into floating shelves or medicine cabinets, but this idea is way easier and just as eye-catching.

Telephone Bookend
(Via A Beautiful Mess)

Wow, how long has it been since you've seen one of these phones let alone used one? Turning them into quirky bookends is a great idea for up-cycling outdated objects that would otherwise end up in the junkyard.

TV Bookshelf Bookend
(Via Shelterness)

And speaking of outdated appliances, this old-school-TV-turned-bookshelf is possibly the most creative use for old appliances we've come across. It may also just be the key to ending the old "TV versus Books" debate once and for all by bringing together the best of both worlds.

We hope you've enjoyed this small collection of creative bookshelf ideas. Leave ideas for your own bookshelves in the comments to inspire others!

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