Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Rotating bookcase

The latest weapon in my armoury for bookstorage is shown above: my rather lovely new Rotating Bookcase. Part of my problem if you recall, was that I had run out of wall space against which to locate bookcases (and as we rent, it is not an option for me to build any shelves up by the ceiling!). However, I did identify that we had plenty of carpet space left. Sadly, the bibliochaise which I mentioned before turned out to be well out of my price range (£4.5k?!), but I found an alternative - rotating bookcases. A quick search on ebay found that although they are normally about £400, it is possible to pick one up for considerably less. A few days later, I was the proud owner of the above for £58, including delivery by the owner to K's work.

Of course, that makes it sound a little more straightforward than it actually was. After making arrangements for the delivery, K asked "how big is it?". I had rather forgotten to take note of its dimensions and we were both slightly horrified that it was 26" square and 31" tall. We wondered whether it would fit in the car. Fortunately it did, and K managed to get it up to the flat. It then sat in the centre of our sitting room, rather overwhelming everything. As you can see, I have now managed to find room for it. Sadly, it doesn't have room to rotate and I did have to send a small bookcase out to K's storage unit, but you can't have everything!

The shelves are a substantial size and I should probably reorganise my books in due course to make use of the fact that it can accommodate bigger books (probably non fiction), but I am also happy to have found a place for my cross-stitching basket.


  1. It's beautiful! Of course you now have me tilting my head sideways attempting to read the spines. :)

  2. I love it! I could do with some more shelving too.

  3. I have an Edwardian swivel bookcase which belonged to my late mother (it was 2nd hand to her, too!) It's lovely and holds all my Persephone books, some antiques books and my Lorna Hill ballet books. I just love it and it's a great space-saver. Well done on getting one for £58! A real bargain!
    Margaret P

  4. What a bargain!

    I think we have to admit there will never be enough space for all our books!

  5. It's lovely! I tried to sell my dh on one of those biblio-chairs last year, but he convinced me that it couldn't possibly be comfortable to sit in. ;) I like the rotating aspect of this one - at a more reasonable cost, I may have to keep my eyes open for one of these. Glad it's working for you!

  6. Well done. Great to see people still want to actually read a book and take good care of it also - and in style. I have a 5-shelf bookcase built sometime on the 30s or 40s (based on the style) and want more. Lots of two- and three-shelf units, but nothing more. Happy reading!


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