We’ve got thousands of books (this is no exaggeration). And our house is small. This does not make an ideal combination. However, when planning/despairing about the lack of space our little saviour ended up being the staircase (more about the wooden stairs/floor later) leading up to the bedrooms and bathroom. The ceiling of this narrow L-shape staircase extends up to 3 metres from the corner step – we would have been foolish not to utilise this space!
As with everything so far, we needed to get the books up with as little cost as possible. We scoured through salvage yards for recycled timber but the cost was just too much to bear. So, as we were already ordering sheets of plywood for the entrance hall cupboard, the easiest (and cheapest) solution was staring us in the face – plywood for the win!
Our original plan was to make mitre joints for the corners but with our slightly wonky walls this ended up being too much of a challenge (to put it nicely) for us. But in the end we didn’t actually mind the way they turned out with straight edges.
The metal bars and brackets were sourced from Ironmongery Direct (highly recommend this site for lots of supplies – quick delivery and very competitive prices).
The small shelf on top of the stairs ended up being an after thought as the bigger art/craft books didn’t seem to fit on the shelves.
We’re still trying to figure out a permanent ladder situation (wooden ladder on the wall?) to get the books out when needed, but for now, the loft ladder comes out when we need to get books up or down from the top shelves.