True to my decorating nature, I got an idea for the apartment in my head on Sunday and spent the whole rest of the day trying to figure out if it would work and how much it would cost. The good news is, it would be under $500. The bad news is that I’m not totally convinced that it’s not a crazy idea.
We’ve been lamenting the lack of storage in our little one-bedroom since the day we moved in. On Sunday I was wondering aloud if there was a way to squeeze some more bookshelves into the living room somewhere. And then it hit me – line the wall with shelves and put the sofa in front of it. Yep, kinda like the picture above (originally from Domino Magazine). I had to pull up some examples for Ryan to show that the sofa wouldn’t look weird. (If you need a refresher on what the living room looks like, this video probably captures that wall the best).
I’m still ruminating on this idea, and we won’t really be able to act on it until after the holidays, but it’s a serious possibility.
More storage (this is huge)
We love the look of lots of books on display
More of my decorative items could come out of the basement (they are cold and lonely!)
All displaced items (console, existing bookshelf) could be repurposed elsewhere in the apartment
It’s not too expensive, and about the same cost as some of the currently planned purchases for the existing setup
We have the 15 inch depth needed
It will make the room feel smaller (but it’s not like we’re fooling anyone into thinking it’s big NOW)
We lose a bit of open floor space between TV and coffee table, though it would still be plenty wide for traffic flow
This is likely a one-apartment fix – we could reuse some but probably not all of the shelving when we eventually move
Our lighting plan would need adjustments (factored some of that cost into the $500ish price)
Assembling the shelves & painting the backs will be a big pain
I’m leaning toward white shelves, but that would make almost all of our living room furniture white (suggestions?)
Help me out, folks. What do you think? I’m leaning toward going for it (hey, it’s only for a couple years, and the place is small anyway!).