50 Creative Ways To Incorporate Book Storage In Dan Around Stairs


Love books? Love stairs? These fifty unique designs make the most of that tight little cranny under your staircase. Use a block frame to hide books beneath, as they line sturdy shelves your feet walk over. Wrap a winding steel staircase around existing walls of bookshelves, immersing yourself in the reading experience. Put books within the stairs, as each level hides a few simply gorgeous reads. These creative, innovative and artistic features make the most of a good book collection and the most of awkward spaces left unutilised. Cater to stylish home décor for book lovers with these sets of book-hugging stairs and staircases.

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bookcase-wall-staircase-ideasReward a stair climb with a few ravishing reads. This simplistic bookcase hides under the railings, maximising white space. | Designer: Stephen Moser Architect.

white-stairs-wooden-bookcase-under-stairs-shelvesThree walls of books remain light and airy, on walls lit by LEDs. Matching furniture and a block staircase provide several white spaces for book immersion. | Source: Lighting Design International.

white-art-deco-stairs-with-storageContemporary with a classic twist, this structure provides enough room for ample reads. Clad in white upon a wooden floor, its light hue doesn’t dominate the space. | Designer: Papazian R.A. – doon Architecture.

wide-format-wide-under-stairs-storage-cupboardLead up to a nook with books beside and beneath the stairs. Its comfy end point lights up pages with four beautiful French windows. | Designer: Zminkowska Boise Architects.

ascending-book-storage-under-the-stairsDon’t need a staircase? Put your books in ascending display, for an easy pick of the right title. | Designer: Marc Cowan.

bamboo-and-wood-understairs-shoe-storage-unitFly into the sky with this bookcase-staircase hung as if by balloons. Two-stringed ropes pull up each level, while a large Chinese lantern illuminates the space. | Designer: Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter MNAL.

two-staircase-storage-under-the-stairsThe smaller library is hidden beneath this fusion staircase. Mid-wooden tones keep it industrial; thick steel railings industrial. | Designer: Stone Horse Design.

suspended-staircase-on-under-stairs-shelvesGeometry plays with these stairs folding into squares and hexagons. A wooden storage space provides a seeming platform, grounding the design. | Via: Contemporist.

gated-stairwell-walls-lined-with-bookcases-stair-step-bookcaseA two-storey bookcase has the perfect partner in this stairwell. Bound by wood and iron railings, a journey up or down greets the eye with walls of books and ladders, as if by chance. | Designer: Siemasko + Verbridge.

black-and-wooden-library-staircase-ideasDisrupt tradition with a black bookcase. Floating wooden stairs are supported by black pillars underneath, making two structures seem like one. | Designer: Sergey Makhno Architects.

wall-of-books-stairway-storageAn attic roof comes with its challenges. Meet them at full throttle with a sloping bookcase that walks beside guests on their journey down. | Source: El Meuble.

bedroom-stair-step-bookcaseSkilfully utilise a cramped corner with a bed beside the staircase. Interspersed between each level, a row of books decorate a room swathed all in wood. | Visualizer: IFJ Architecture.

white-metal-winding-under-stairs-bookcaseSuspended by cascading iron wires, this white and wooden staircase uses art to effect, without taking up space. A high bookcase to the side rises below the top step, for an interesting walk up and down the levels. | Designer: Oliver Fourny.

white-compartmented-under-stairs-storage-plansJutting out beside the bookcase, this set of stairs creates an optical illusion for guests. Wide enough to fit a person walking beside it, the destination is a hidden sleepout atop a storage box. | Designer: Craft Design.

wooden-library-compartmentalised-stair-shelvesCreate an aura of mystery with a book-lined stairway. Shuttered from adjoining rooms with an inside window, debate and dining is sought in the inlet below. | Designer: Design42.

iron-grid-artistic-under-stair-storage-plansMinimalism reigns king in this steel-frame structure. Its thin panels hold stairs to the right, a place for ornaments to the left. | Visualizer: Design+Weld.

rustic-wooden-stair-bookcaseThe high-ceilinged home adds a touch of luxury with a top-to-toe bookshelf. Metal railings echo a leaning ladder and window out to a view. | Designer: Chioco Design.

brick-and-wood-stair-shelvesInject the Scandinavian with an exposed brick bookcase. Slatted wooden shelving mirrors the staircase for an integrated experience. | Designer: NC2 Architecture.

wood-with-two-lined-library-walls-stair-bookcaseFor the staircase with no space, two walls of books will do the trick. A simple design with sloping elements affords enough room for a library to shine. | Designer: Rebecca Naughtin Architect.

book-wall-stair-step-bookcaseCreate a piece of art with an unexpected shape. This wooden staircase mimics the stairs – atop an almost-full wall bookcase. | Designer: Platform 5 Architects.

library-feature-under-stairs-ideasMimicking stairs, this compartmentalised bookcase completes the ultimate rumpus room. White walls, floor and a mirror hold white and mustard couches amidst two sets of wall-held reads. | Designer: Andrea Mosca.

white-compartments-wooden-stair-bookcaseGo for the smaller option in this mini wooden bookcase bathed in white. A juxtaposing staircase and railing emphasise the build-up to a dreamy reading session. | Designer: Drexler Guinand Jauslin.

white-iron-winding-stair-step-bookcaseA feature wall bookcase makes an inspirational interior. Framed by pastel and Scandinavian finds, a white metal staircase zigzags over a high wall and wooden column filled with great reads. | Designer: PAUL CREMOUX studio.

small-white-stairs-bookcaseOnly have a few books to display? This small set of stairs keeps it simple, as a wooden bookcase fills an awkward space with a nifty solution. | Designer: One Girl Interiors.

minimalist-stairway-storage-whiteMaintain simplicity by slotting colourful reads within wood. This light-coloured solution lets the bookcase be the hero, while the room fades into the background in muted, natural tones. | Architect: Jochen Specht.

glass-and-wood-shelves-under-stairs-hipsterThe die-hard hipster has everything they want in this under-stair library. As a metal bike hangs beside glass railings, simple nut bolts lead to a triangular space dotted with trinkets. | Visualizer: Studio 25.

wide-wooden-library-stair-step-bookcaseWide, space-filled stairs leave room for a library. This ascending set marks the stepping zone with blocks; a place for books and filing in the spaces inbetween. | Designer: Moon Hoon.

wooden-blocks-Japanese-under-stairs-cupboardLong wooden panes create a stable staircase with a few hidden inlets. A drinks cabinet to the side works well in the corner. | Designer: L’atelier miel.

jenga-style-stairs-with-storageThe Jenga fan can’t go past this decidedly different design. Leading up to an office, interlocking blocks create a canopy over the entrance space. | Designer: Studio Farris.

library-panel-white-stair-storageDon’t have room for a full-scale library? Extend the space you live in with simple white stairs framed by a wall of books. | Visualizer: Design+Weld.

books-within-staircase-ideas-for-stairsAnother great use of space, these wooden blocks house books within steps. A block black desk gains access at an arm’s reach. | Designer: Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti.

books-within-staircase-shelves-under-stairsWhichever way you look at this staircase, it serves two purposes. Books, ornaments and trinkets are offered from the side, back and front; an artpiece and staircase from the short road up. | Designer: Process.

Scandinavian-wooden-stair-storage-ideasMake your staircase seem minimal, with overlapping library shelving. Simple Scandinavian panels hide books and vases, offering a seat to visitors before the climb. | Designer: Stephen Moser Architect.

wood-and-white-library-column-stair-step-bookcaseFit for an art gallery, this winding, floating London staircase looks ethereal beside a column of books. Aspiring to a glass-railed loft, glossy white floors and concrete walls give it added prominence. | Visualizer: Design+Weld.

light-wooden-library-loft-stair-storageA library concept is the perfect avenue for stair ideas. This proposed concept creates a virtual treehouse complete with curved wooden bannisters, slatted railings and building-frame bookshelves. | Visualizer: Jianxiong Liu.

wide-white-and-wood-stair-storage-ideasMake a bookcase level with your staircase, making two seem like one. White and wood tricks the eye into seeing simplicity, whilst hiding display fans, kettles and novels. | Designer: Farrow Arcaro Design.

lit-wooden-library-panel-under-stairs-shelvingA rustic feel can be achieved with a conjoined staircase and library. Framed by wooden rafters, walls and railings, it evokes a wood cabin with a twist. | Designer: Koch Architects.

wooden-duo-tone-ideas-for-stairsAbstract storage spaces combine art and functionality. Using two different wooden shades, books, ornaments and stationery are displayed, as a family staircase pops over the top. | Designer: Kerr Construction.

white-compartmented-library-stair-bookcaseA white pyramid bookcase doubles as a stairway to heaven in this minimalist design. A large chandelier dangles over, adding sophistication with a difference. | Designer: Marc Koehler Architects.

contemporary-white-under-stairs-storage-unitBookcases are not just for books. This clever under-the-stairs unit hangs portraits, sit lamps and houses cabinets for all your storage needs. | Photographer: Pia Winther.

winding-wooden-library-stair-step-bookcaseMimic the lines of your staircase with wooden partitions holding books. Hanging over a nifty desk space, this design looks kitsch and study-friendly with extra cabinets for filing. | Designer: Gordon Walker.

wood-and-iron-under-stairs-shelvesConnecting two separate apartments, this wood and steel creation offers a library of knowledge for two sets of tenants. The bottom and top of the staircase allow both dwellers to make the space their own. | Designer: Wild Rabbits Architects.

wooden-gradated-under-stairs-shelvesPleasing to the eye and book collection, this ascending wooden structure houses reads between each level of stair. The result is a polished, multi-functional feature without the slightest trace of clutter. | Via: Reddit.

steps-from-desk-to-bed-stairway-storageAn innovative use of space is awarded to this conjoint bedroom, bookcase, desk and staircase. As small wooden stairs lead up to the loft, books in oscillating partitions aid a good night’s sleep. | Designer: Veran Émilie.

library-wall-in-middle-of-stair-step-bookcaseAfforded more space, this desk, bookcase and staircase alternative oozes sophistication. White plaster and varnished wood lets you stop mid-climb for a scintillating read. | Designer: Fujimatsu Architect.

eclectic-wood-and-iron-stairs-with-storageDutch designer Just Haasnoot found inspiration from industrial building photography for this floating design. Halved into two oak and steel parts, the top half carries shoes, books and ornaments; the bottom half a desk, pot plants and a space for morning coffee. | Designer: Studio Mieke Meijer.

steep-wooden-ideas-for-stairsSteep and zigzagging, this unique wooden structure lets you reach over for a read mid-thigh workout. Doubling as a feature artwork, its vertical design makes a visual impact without impinging on room space. | Designer: NC2 Architecture.

black-and-wooden-library-stair-step-bookcaseNatural and black-painted wood coalesce in a block stairway with inbuilt shelves. Hide your books and knick knacks inside, for a stylish storage option. | Designer: General Assembly.

winding-white-bookcase-ideas-for-stairs-1Conjoining two apartments in Dusseldorf, Germany, this multi-functional white and wooden staircase lets you pick a book from beside the stairs and say hello to the neighbours. Its clever ceiling-height stretch creates a feature for two apartments and residential space-saver in one. The wide-open design leaves plenty of room for a lounge chair or rocking chair underneath. | Designer: Dreihausfrauen.

wooden-ascending-under-the-stairs-storage-ideasMatching the wood of the ceiling rafters, this floating staircase matches bookshelves above and below the stairs. A few drawers and a desk let you hide away and study in a light yet secluded space | Designer: Maxwan.

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