iStock_000009693266XSmallCicero said that “a room without books is like a body without a soul.” Luckily, books are as attractive to display as they are important to read. A well-organized bookshelf can add that special touch of warmth and visual interest to an otherwise unremarkable room.

And if you’re interested in getting a little creative, books can be the catalyst for some intriguing design ideas. Every nook and cranny of your house has the potential to store and display books, and there are shelves and furniture of all descriptions to make organizing them more fun.

Bookshelves are the standard choice for storing books, of course. But bookshelves of usual shapes make things much more interesting. For instance, store your reading material on spirals, curlicues, yin-yangs, words, DNA strands, dogs, or wheels. Or go for the charmingly messy look with a conglomeration of crates.

Try using a staircase to store and display books. Examples include making the stairs themselves out of books, using the steps as shelving, or turning the entire stairway into one big bookshelf.

Various pieces of furniture can also be transformed into book storage and display devices. Chairs lend themselves well to this, as in this chair bookcase, the “Bibliochaise,” this rolling chair-shelf combo, and this chair-shelf hybrid.

There’s also the option of building a chaise lounge into your bookshelf for more relaxed reading. Create a bedside-table bookshelf or make bedside tables out of books to encourage bedtime reading.

Ideas for storing children’s books run the gamut, like using an old wagon, nailing up strips of fabric as book-slings, and installing a floor-to-ceiling, corner-turning book display.

If you really can’t find any other place for your books, you can always go with storing them in the rafters or using your bookshelf as a room divider. The book-storage options really are as numerous as the books themselves.

How do you store your books? What creative book storage solutions have you come across?

Jessica Johnson