20 ways to turn stairs into an amazing bookshelf library
There is something about a bookcase and a staircase that makes us feel cozy and nostalgic. From rustic to contemporary, we present you with 20 great multi-purpose bookcase staircases that double as libraries and amazing decor pieces. A bookcase staircase can really transform a whole room with just a simple restructuring of your staircase. Here are some of our favorites:
1. This self-supporting staircase aligns each step with each shelf, creating a cool textured and graphic image. A white wall contrasts with bright colored spines and copper accents making this setup pop.
2. Multi-purpose staircases are a great way to save space and decorate with efficiency. Large open compartments like these would be perfect for presenting more deco pieces or stashing old knickknacks and papers behind the books.
3. Stone stairs and wooden shelves provide an antique look. Old weathered books and metal decorations make this stairwell look like a mystical scene from Harry Potter.
4. Dig all these booksteps, but do not know where to start? Here are some DIY inspirations on how to do the installation yourself!
5. We love this unique modern alternative to associate a bookshelf with your staircase, reminiscent of an art gallery. Playing with shapes and the unconventional fitting of shelves create an interesting center and entrance to your second floor. The wood in front of a bright white makes these stairs impossible, not to miss.
6. Here’s another interpretation of the bookcase box “Cubby”. Notice how blending picture frames, decor accents, and books also adds playful shape and texture here.
7. Here’s a highlight in Catbird’s founder, Rony Vardi’s home in Brooklyn. The owner of the jewelry store keeps it simple and modern with a light metal staircase that was inspired by a staircase in the gallery Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris. With a colorful collection of books and pale blue steps, the possibility of an overwhelming white sterile feeling is certainly avoided.
8. Instead of building a boring, straight staircase, you cut them in half and let them run in opposite directions, resulting in a super funny and geometric structure. We love how this technique emphasizes the zig-zag shape of the stairs.
9. Shelves that extend straight up make these stairs appear as if they were not even there. From a distance, it looks like it’s just a wall with a lot of dimension and texture. Through the different compartments in this installation, the visual interest is enhanced and makes the bold statement of an otherwise simple held space possible.
10. Go modern with a hanging staircase that rides next to a ceiling high book collection. Open hanging stairs maximize the space and allow the lower area to be used for a well-lit seating area. Imagine cuddling up on this cozy couch on a rainy day with a good read!
11. Tidily stacked books from the bottom up to the top of a shelf space make these stairs look like they are practically built on books themselves. House designers could fill the whole case with more books, but we like how an empty front stops this staircase from looking too busy and messy.
12. For a bright and clean “straight-from-Pinterest” aesthetic, strong black frames and a cute little bookshelf creates an appealing balanced visual. From the matching carpet to the black ceiling trim, everything in this room is thoughtfully and strategically placed. The hanging wooden star cutouts on the bottom of the banister add a touch of cute playfulness to avoid a “too perfect” appearance.
13. If you work in a confined space – do not worry – you can still install a bookshelf, as was done here in this tiny farmhouse. A clean white and black staircase prevents this corner from feeling too full or claustrophobic.
14. We love how this house subtracts several styles without making us dizzy. To our pleasant surprise, industrial railings that are crossed with horizontal white paneling, light wood floors, modern seating and old library encyclopedias actually work well together.
15. You may not have noticed it, but that’s exactly the same staircase as our first picture from a different angle! We love that only another vantage point makes such a staircase look like a completely different room! Here we notice the suspended stairs more and the open space for a cozy reading area. Before installing a bookcase cover, consider how your room looks from all angles.
16. Another shot of the hanging staircase next to a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf! We love how the semicircle window adds a pop of unexpected fun and additional natural lighting.
17. Instead of using a bookshelf and a staircase together, you can hide a stairwell for a hidden entry surprise with a bookshelf.
18. For a modern business look, we like what this open staircase looks like, as if it leads to a place where innovation and smart business ideas emerge. With floor-to-ceiling windows illuminating this staircase for maximum natural light, we imagine this place to be an excellent place to browse business books and have coffee on a break from work.
19. The sky here is really the limit! If you have very high ceilings, why not install shelves? If you keep all Cubbies in perfectly aligned squares, this wall does not look too chaotic and can accompany a really big book collection! Keeping some of them empty also has a positive effect.
20. If you have a swirling staircase, do not worry, you can still see the bookshelf by having one in the background. Again, a floor-to-ceiling shelf installation ties everything together and prevents the books from appearing too far from the actual staircase.