Monday, August 8, 2011

A safer book nook: DIY shelves in your fireplace

We've covered using nonfunctioning fireplaces here on Tiny-Ass Apartment before; the possibilities of what you can stuff into your fireplace are endless. But for some, storing books in your hearth is a lil' too close to book burning. At the very least, there's a concern about the lack of respect the tomes are afforded, and a worry about how dirty and sooty they'll get.

Now, as a book lover myself, I can understand. There's nothing like feeling a page between your fingers, hearing the binding crackle as you open it, smelling the paper and ink and... OH OKAY I WANT A NOOK. They're so bad-ass, with their e-ink and their wifi and touchscreens and magic gagetry. But still, I feel that paper books do deserve respect and a pride in their display. That's why this idea from Better Homes and Gardens appeals to me. It still utilizes the unused fireplace space, but shows you how to create a shelf inside to protect your paperbacks. It's the best of both worlds.

Via Better Homes and Gardens.


  1. Ohh, awesome idea! And very cutely (is that a word?) done, too.

    Now I just need a fireplace...or maybe just a mantle up against a wall. I don't actually *need* a bed, do I?

  2. very nice!!! e-books are trying to take it all

  3. This is so lovely! I also find it interesting how there is so much on the mantle but it looks pretty not cluttered.

  4. I love this so much more than a bunch of candles - it appeals to my more practical side. Now all I need is a fireplace :)

  5. What a very cute idea. Great! This is very lovely and interesting.


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