I love real books: the feel, the smell….don’t get me started.
This showcases a problem I always have with storage walls and other storage-overboard situations, including upper wall cabinets: I am 5’6″. I can’t reach my ceiling. What am I going to store up there?
A real full wall library has a rolling ladder.
Maybe they’re filling it from the ground up?:) When we moved into our house, with a similar wall full of built-in shelves in the den, we had a similar issue…even being two relatively bookish people, we couldn’t fill half of the wall with all our accumulated books. It is a bit ironic that, as the general public moves further away from having a lot of books (or, sadly, reading much at all), these sort of built-ins are becoming more of a fixture in homes. It gave me the idea of starting a business of providing books-as-decor, but apparently someone’s already had that idea, and sells books by the linear foot. I guess that saves me the moral dilemma of treating books as generic pottery barn-esque decor.
If you don’t have enough books to fill the cases, you space them out artistically using chotskies, potted plants, and other “fillers”. You don’t leave the top shelves bare.
Nobody said you had to pack the whole shelf with books, people. Be artful. Add photos, sculpture, whatever.
I wonder if this “short stack” is being flipped?… Sorry, couldn’t resist.
I like to think that leaving it bare is an ongoing challenge to read enough books to fill it..
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