How To Hang Art On A Bookcase (And Still Have Easy Access To The Books)

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How To Hang Art On a Bookcase And Still Have Access To The Books

Now that I finished my side project of updating my library, I am back to fixing the functionality of the craft area in my home office.

The office
The office

One of the big issues I have with this room is a lack of wall space.  Since it’s in the bonus room over the garage, the top part of the walls are angled, so the straight part of the wall is only 5 feet high.  And I have already used most of that wall space with storage solutions for my fabric rolls and fabric ladder.

That means I had to get creative in finding spaces to hang things.  And since the one tall wall is covered with a bookcase, I started to think of ways that I could use the front of the shelves as vertical wall space.

Art hung on a bookcase. Design by Alex Hitz. Photography by Lisa Romerein. Via housebeautiful.com | How To Hang Art On A Bookcase and Still Have Easy Access To The Books
Art hung on a bookcase. Design by Alex Hitz. Photography by Lisa Romerein. Via housebeautiful.com

I have always loved the look of bookcases with art hung on them, like this living room I found on housebeautiful.com (design by Alex Hitz. Photography by Lisa Romerein.)  But I have never done it because I thought it would be too hard to get at the books behind the picture.

And certainly in my office / craft room, I need to be able to get at the things on my shelves!

Which means?  A perfect opportunity for a DIY project…to hang art on a bookcase and still have easy access to the books.  Keep reading to find out how.

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  • This is a fantastic idea! I am doubly amazed that you did this-twice-so level and so sturdy! Still, my eyes keep drifting to the halves of the books and binders that peek out above and below the picture. Since you only describe the frame and not your choice of picture, why not start with a frame that will reach from the bottom of one shelf to the top of another? Then the whole shelf is covered and I don’t feel the urge to tell the picture its slip is hanging out.

    • Thanks, Nancy! I agree it would look neater if the picture covered the whole shelf. I was re-using pictures that I already had so they weren’t exactly the right size, but if I were buying new ones I would definitely try to find ones that fit the shelves exactly 🙂

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