DIY: Bookshelves Repurposed Into TV Console & Storage

I own a pair of bookshelves that have seen a lot of action in my home. They’ve gone solo as bookshelf-slash-side “tables.” They’ve been upright as (duh) bookshelves. They’ve been with a coffee table to create an entertainment center. They’ve been on top of one another in my closets for storage/organization. Their latest rendezvous is with them on their sides, next to each other to form a long console for my TV.

The last one is my favorite, as it’s allowed me to avoid purchasing an actual console or TV stand. These are ready-to-assemble bookshelves, so the downside is that one shelf is fixed and the other is adjustable… so they are used as vertical dividers, since the bookshelves are on their sides. I could buy some wood and paint them to use as horizontal shelves, but I’d rather make lemonade from my lemons (and save myself some $$$ and work).

repurposed bookshelves into TV console and storage with fabric curtains and upholstery nails

I previously sewed curtains for a bookshelf used outside for gardening supplies. Unfortunately, I was unable to use a tension rod with these bookshelves on their sides, since the fixed shelf is flush with the edges of the entire unit.

Solution: attach the curtains with upholstery nails.

repurposed bookshelves into TV console and storage with fabric curtains and upholstery nails

To maximize the space inside, this means I have to stack my books & magazines as tall as they will go. It’s not very aesthetic, but I resolved that by creating curtains to cover the shelves. I love having lots of storage, but I don’t like to see everything stored. For me, it’s a form of visual clutter, which also translates into mental clutter and energetic clutter.

repurposed bookshelves into TV console and storage with fabric curtains and upholstery nails

Pay no attention to the books behind the curtain! Actually, you should. They're pretty awesome books.

At first, I wasn’t entirely feeling the idea of the light gray fabric, but it was what I had on hand in my fabric stash. However, I dig it now. I think the gray complements the turquoise nicely and lessens the weight of all that black furniture. (You’ll have to excuse the wrinkles. I ironed them but was in such a hurry to hide everything I guess I didn’t iron very well.)

I may still replace these bookshelves in the future, since they’ve been through a lot. The Expedit shelves from the Happiest Place on Earth (AKA Ikea) are looking good to me. We’ll see. Right now, I’m aiming to work with what I already have and to be content… and this was a great way to do so.

2 thoughts on “DIY: Bookshelves Repurposed Into TV Console & Storage

  1. Kim

    I think these shelves look great with the upholstrey tacks! ANd keep going ont he soda thing. It is hard but You’ll be proud that you accomplished your goal and are healthier! T
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment about my ski pole lamp!
    Kim@reposhture.blogspot.com

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