Racking Up Storage for All Your Magazines & Summer Reading

I don’t know about you, but come summer I decide it’s time to read all those books I’ve been meaning to start (notice I didn’t say “finish”), and I accumulate magazines galore. Maybe it’s the more frequent trips to the beach and strolls through the airport news stands? Or maybe it’s that life seems to slow down a bit. Either way, by midsummer the result is usually a messy stack of half-read paperbacks by my bed and a kitchen island scattered with Dwell and People. It’s not a pretty sight, but perhaps you want to take things into your own hands and create a stylish solution for those messy stacks and cluttered counters.

Featured on inreddningshjappen.com, this cool magazine holder (above) by home furnishing site Granit holds (and displays) magazines. You could make something similar with 1 inch wooden square dowels, 1 inch wood blocks, and black cotton cording. Drill equidistant holes through the dowel and blocks for the cording to pass through, paint, tie on your blocks at the top and bottom, and screw in two wall anchors on either side.

Magazine and book storage can range from wall-mounted to sofa level, but you can’t go wrong with a project like Fall for DIY’s copper and pine magazine rack. Check out her tutorial here to make your own.

Don’t have floor space? No problem. This leather magazine hook, found in interior designer Josefin Hååg’s amazing space, turns those pesky piles into art for the wall. I 100% plan to try to make this using a wooden macrame rings, strips of leather, and rivets, and you should too.

In a similar fashion, this black leather wall-mounted hook from Mathilda Clahr is another DIY must-try. Folded strips of dyed leather, a buttonhole punch or leather hole punch, and some leather screwbacks should do the trick! Add in your favorite issue of Architectural Digest, some rolled newspapers, or larger books you like to have on display and within arm’s reach for when you have an evening to read. If you’re not into working with leather tools, you can buy your own at one of the stores listed on her post.

If you’re not into leather, this blonde wood magazine rack from Caroline at Burkatron is one part minimal and two parts perfect for all those summer reads. Try to make your own using her tutorial, or try using these shelves from IKEA as another wooden wall option.

Here is a simple x-shaped rack that can be recreated following Agatta Dimmich’s tutorial for Home Edit.

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IKEA hacks are where it’s at, so this magazine rack, using the IKEA GRUNDTAL rack, might be the most affordable magazine rack yet. Add a picture ledge underneath, and you’ve got yourself some storage.

If you’re not into putting holes in your walls, this one’s for you. Pick up a sheet of plywood custom-sized for your space, some square dowels or plywood strips cut the width of your plywood sheet for the shelves, some elastic cording, and a handful of screws to secure your shelves to the wood instead of your walls. Wrap tightly (and carefully) with cording to hold everything in place, and then step back and check out your new wall installation.

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