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Inside Out (Australia) - - Inside Renovation -

“A home with­out books is a body with­out soul,” said Cicero back in 63BC. Wise though he might have been, he didn’t an­tic­i­pate Kin­dles, iPads, stream­ing TV or so­cial me­dia. While these have all af­fected our book-buy­ing habits, most of us still have a col­lec­tion we love. Choos­ing a stand­alone shelf to dis­play your favourites comes down to size and style. Mea­sure the avail­able height, width and depth of your space, and also think about the height of your books, if the shelves aren’t ad­justable. Book­shelves are ver­sa­tile, too – a low set of shelves pro­vides a handy sur­face for dis­play, and adding bas­kets or boxes cre­ates stor­age for small items such as toys. If you have young kids in the house, an­chor tall or heavy shelves to the wall to avoid tip­ping.

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