What to do when your bookshelf overflows

SOS! Send help! My bookshelf is about to overflow! Said every bookworm ever as they despaired over where to store their “excess” books. I’ve done a little searching online, and today I present a few different options for when your space is running out. If you have any unique ideas or experiences, I’d love to hear all about them! →

SOS! Send help urgently! My bookshelf is about to overflow! This is a cry that can be heard from most bookworms at some point during their life…and it is one that will be uttered from my lips very shortly. I’ve been in a mad dash trying to figure out what I’m going to do with myself and, more importantly, my books, when that last bit of space runs out.

Where have I turned in my time of need? To Google, of course! I’d like to share with you some of the methods I’ve discovered online for creating space for book storage, even when said space is limited. All images in this post, as well as a handful more, have been compiled on my Pinterest (see board below). If you have any other ideas, I’d love to hear all about them!


Even if you have no floor space where you can put a bookcase, there’s probably a patch of bare wall where some kind of shelving could be mounted. From floating shelves to a variety of more quirky and creative designs, the opportunities are endless!


If you take a look around the place, no doubt you’ll notice that there are very few things that reach all the way to the ceiling. Which means that there may be a place to put a nice long shelf! Of course, access may be an issue, but that’s a problem for later…


You’d be surprised by how much you can fit in the small space behind a door. I currently have my entire shoe collection hanging from a wall-mounted rack, but there are a variety of shelf types that could hide your book collection in plain sight!


Now, I don’t actually have indoor stairs where I live, but there are SO MANY things you can do with stair storage. I make no comment on how much it might cost to make such adjustments to your staircase, but these are BOOKS we’re talking about. It’s…worth it?


Do you have a small piece of corner spare? Or a corner space between two doors where there is absolutely nothing at all? Corners are criminally underused, so if yours isn’t filled then I definitely recommend you check out some of the options shown below!


Hallways have so much potential…especially if you don’t have any artwork etc. hanging from the walls. Floating and/or wall-mounted shelves could work so well to store books along a hallway. Even windows don’t need to stop you if you use shorter-length shelves!


And look, if worst comes to worst, you can just stack your excess books up in pretty-looking piles around your house. Under tables, beside chairs, even in an empty fireplace provided it’s not being used. With stacks of tomes about the place, you can wear your bookworm badge with pride!

What would you do if your bookshelf overflowed? Do you have any weird and wonderful ideas? Which of the above is your favourite?

  One thought on “What to do when your bookshelf overflows

  1. 09/04/2020 at 3:40 PM

    Love the books being kept under the stairs!

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  2. Ari
    10/04/2020 at 1:31 AM

    Oooh I love all these, though I think I’d rather not “stack” them as you just KNOW the one book you want would always be right at the bottom of the stack. :p

    I definitely need to implement some of these, I think I like the idea of having them above the door – that always seems to be such a waste of space.

    Thanks for sharing the inspiration Rebecca.

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    • 10/04/2020 at 11:07 AM

      No worries! Above the door / near the ceiling is definitely an option that intrigues me too—one of the few that might be viable for me! 😊

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  3. 10/04/2020 at 3:00 PM

    As someone who went digital, I won’t likely have such an issue, ever.
    Some of those shelves look cool, though.

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    • 10/04/2020 at 5:33 PM

      Hahaha a very good point! I buy a lot of ebooks too, but I also buy hardcopies of my favourites so I’ll always have this problem… 😂


  4. 14/04/2020 at 5:59 AM

    Fantastic ideas. Wouldn’t that be a great house to live in.

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