30 Book Storage Ideas

A well-designed bookshelf is more than just a storage unit; it’s a statement piece that adds character and functionality to any space. At Bespoke Carpentry London, we believe that  built-in bookshelves are a testament to personal style and purpose, offering limitless possibilities to elevate your living spaces. Let’s delve into a world of innovative ideas that can transform your space into a literary haven.Here are some custom curated bookshelves we have previously made for our clients:

Built-in bookshelf in library room

A dedicated library room with bespoke shelves isn’t just a luxury; it’s an investment in fostering a haven for avid book lovers and enhancing the ambiance of your home. The creation of a library space becomes a sanctuary for knowledge, reflection, and tranquillity. Bespoke shelves in a library room not only provide ample storage for your treasured book collection but also allow for curated displays of art, memorabilia, or cherished items. This personalised space encourages relaxation and intellectual exploration, fostering an atmosphere that ignites inspiration or moments of quiet contemplation.

Built in shelving unit, shaped liked a T to store books.

This is a great way to utlise all available wall space by creating a cosy bespoke bookcase with plenty of shelving units.

Built in shelving unit to store books and personal belongings. Designed and installed by local joiners at Bespoke Carpentry London.

Fitted over the door wall bookshelf with custom made shelving.

Wall to wall built in bookshelf and shelving unit.

Fitted bookshelf in living room.

Built in alcove bookshelf next to fireplace

Built in alcove bookshelves.

Built-in shelving unit over the door

Fitted L shape over the door shelving unit 

Built-in alcove shelving

Stunning alcove bookshelf unit

Large wall to wall built in shelving and TV Unit. Designed and installed by local carpenters at Bespoke Carpentry London.

Large bespoke wall to wall bookshelf.

Built-in alcove cupboard with shelving unit

Utlise your alcove spaces with floating shelves

Built in cupboard with shelving to store lots of books

Large white bespoke bookshelf with 8 cupboard doors.

Built in Bookshelf in living room with 2 cupboard doors at the bottom for storage. Designed by local joiner at Bespoke Carpentry London.

Built in cupboards with shelving for books.

Built in bookshelf with 8 shelving spaces for books. Made with MDF and hand-painted.

Built-in Bookshelf with lots of shelves for books.

After installation picture of a built-in green cupboard. Made by Bespoke Carpentry London.

Explore the versatility of custom-made shelving units that serve multiple purposes. Incorporate bookshelves with integrated desks or seating areas, cultivating a multifunctional space that caters to both work and leisure. These units can be tailored to fit specific needs, allowing for a harmonious blend of storage and functionality in your home. By painting your newly crafted bookcase in your favourite colour it makes a statement and oozes in character.

White alcove cupboard with 3 floating shelves in living room

Classic alcove floating shelves to store books next to chimney breast.

Side view of built-in wall to wall bookshelf, made with MDF and hand-painted.

Custom-made shelves, meticulously designed to fit the room’s dimensions and aesthetic, create an immersive experience, inviting you to gaze among your collection and selecting volumes with care. This cosy reading nook, with bespoke shelves not only elevates the space but also fosters a sense of intimacy, transforming it into a cherished retreat for literary pursuits and quiet contemplation.

Built-in cupboard on slanted ceiling

Built-in modular style shelving units combined with cabinets offer unparalleled versatility and flexibility. These custom creations allow you to mix and match various-sized units to create a unique bookshelf system that suits your room’s interior. Whether you prefer open shelves, closed compartments, or a combination of both, utilising the whole floor to ceiling space with fitted units provides you with a multitude of storage and display options, giving you endless possibilities for personalisation.

White hallway bookcase with shelves for books, made with MDF and hand-painted

These specially designed shelves fit snugly into an otherwise empty hallway, optimising every inch of space. The shelves not only accommodate books but also serve as an excellent display area for decorative items, prized board games, or art pieces. They transform unused areas into functional and visually appealing storage spaces, making them a versatile addition to any room.

White wall to wall built-in bookshelf with cupboards and shelving next to kitchen island. Designed and installed by Bespoke Carpentry London

Embrace versatility with wall units that combine storage and display areas. These custom-made shelving units offer an amalgamation of closed cabinets, open shelves, and dedicated spaces for books, decor, and even multimedia equipment. Co-design them with us to suit your needs, allowing flexibility for evolving displays while keeping your space organised and visually appealing.

White alcove cupboards beside fireplace in living room with 3 shelves to store books, plants and frames

Embrace the illusion of floating shelves for a modern and minimalist approach to book storage. Crafted with precision and expertise, these shelves create a visual delight. Whether arranged in a symmetrical pattern or staggered for an artistic touch, floating bookshelves offer a sleek and contemporary look that maximises space while showcasing your literary collection with finesse.


Step into the realm of bespoke creativity by incorporating unique shapes or configurations. From asymmetrical shelving to zigzag designs, these statement pieces infuse personality into your space while functioning as captivating book storage. Crafted to your specifications, these unconventional bookshelves become works of art within your home, sparking conversation and adding a touch of whimsy to your decor.

Built-in cupboard in alcove space with 3 floating shelves to store books

Turn your home’s unique nooks and crannies into well-used areas to suit your needs in your life. By utilising wall space efficiently with floating bookshelves they add an illusion of weightlessness to your room. These minimalist shelves, seamlessly mounted to the wall, offer a contemporary and space-saving solution.

2 white built in alcove cupboards beside chimney.

Built in shelving units in alcove spaces to store books.

White shelving unit in alcove space in living room

Bespoke shelving unit in an a living room alcove space.

Grey cupboard with built-in shelves for books and TV unit

Grey fitted bookshelf with space for TV.

After picture of a transformation of a custom made corner alcove bookshelf.

Corners often remain underutilised, but custom-made corner bookshelves provide an ingenious solution. These specially designed shelves fit snugly into an otherwise idle corner, optimising every inch of space. Natural light helps play a crucial role in creating an ideal reading environment. 

Floating shelves offer a sleek and modern approach to book storage. These minimalist shelves, crafted to seemingly “float” on walls, provide an elegant display for your favourite reads or collectibles. Whether arranged symmetrically or asymmetrically, these custom-made shelves create an eye-catching focal point while maximising vertical space, making them an ideal choice for small rooms or areas where floor space is limited.

Built-in bookcases are the epitome of smooth integration with your home’s architecture. Tailored to fit alcoves, walls, or under staircases, these custom creations blend effortlessly with the surrounding space. The advantage lies in their bespoke nature, allowing for tailored designs that maximise storage potential while complementing the room’s aesthetics. From floor-to-ceiling installations to recessed shelves, built-in bookcases offer both storage and style in perfect harmony.

Utilise alcove spaces by custom-designing bookshelves that snugly fit within these architectural niches. Alcove bookshelves are a brilliant way to transform idle spaces into functional storage areas. Tailored to the alcove’s dimensions, these shelves offer a bespoke solution that maximises every inch, creating an elegant and seamless display for your books, decor, or collectibles.

Don’t let corners go to waste; custom corner bookshelves can be crafted to fit the exact angles and dimensions, adding character to a room while making the most of storage capacity. Whether it’s a small reading nook or a comprehensive library corner, custom-built corner bookshelves offer a unique and efficient way to showcase your literary treasures.

Our bespoke solutions aim to seamlessly fuse functionality and style, transforming your home into an enchanting space that reflects your individuality and elevates your reading experience. Discover the endless possibilities with custom-made bookshelves and let your imagination shape your home’s narrative.

In conclusion, custom-made bookshelves furnished by us at Bespoke Carpentry Ltd are more than just furniture; they’re a reflection of your personality and lifestyle. With our innovative designs and craftsmanship, we aim to transform your space into a functional and visually stunning oasis for your literary treasures. Contact us today to explore these and other bespoke bookshelf ideas tailored to your home’s unique requirements.

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