16 Clever Ways to Store Magazine and Books

Are stacks of magazines taking over your living room? Here are 16 new ways to display periodicals and soft-cover books.

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Upcycled Shutter

Furniture refinisher and blogger Susan Sease of UniquelyYoursOrMine.com repurposed this old window shutter as a magazine display case in her home office. Sease removed every other slat and hot-glued inch-thick cork pieces to the back to keep some space between the shutter and the wall. A coat of white spray paint and presto — a piece that’s as much art as furniture.

Vintage Washboard

Woodworker Clancy Butler, who sells his pieces at Etsy shop Fun Things in Wood, crafted this freestanding five-magazine holder from a vintage washboard.

Record Display Case

If it’s kitsch, it holds a special place in the heart of Austin-based craft blogger Jennifer Perkins. She turned a vintage record display case into a smart-looking magazine holder — seen here next to a salon dryer chair that she scored from her uncle’s attic.

Cola Crate

This magazine storage table is actually an old cola crate that Anna Cardone, owner of the Etsy shop Revisited Concepts — updated with distressed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and a set of stylish legs. She also added bamboo lining, which comes from the inexpensive beach mats sold at drugstores, and a piece of buffed antique hardware to jazz up the front. “The hardware is what gives a piece strong vintage character,” she says.

DIY Magazine Display

DIY blogger Ashley Turner, along with her sister Whitney Gainer, posts at Shanty-2-Chic.com about sprucing up bargain-store finds and creating new treasures from scratch. Turner built this unique magazine rack from wood panels, lengths of sisal rope and spray paint (using chalkboard paint for the numbered rectangles). Check out her step-by-step tutorial.

Floating Rack

Home decor company Umbra makes this clever steel rack — the Illuzine — that gives the illusion that your reading material is floating in space. Once mounted on the wall, the rack and hardware are completely hidden by the magazines.

Acrylic Coffee Table

You don’t have to stack magazines on top of your coffee table — especially if you find the right table. This clear acrylic model from Hayneedle has side pockets for tucking away reading material so that you can keep the top free of clutter.

Metal Record Stand

Craft blogger and thrift-store aficionado Jennifer Perkins uses this old record stand to store children’s books, but this would translate easily to your monthly stash of magazines if you have a midcentury decor scheme.

Updated Vintage Rack

Anna Cardone, owner of the Etsy shop Revisited Concepts, specializes in making old things new again. Cardone’s a big fan of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for updating pieces like this vintage wooden 1950s magazine rack. “It distresses beautifully,” she says. The shade shown is Aubusson Blue; the front of the rack is embellished with a stamped brass decorative piece depicting a Victorian woman.

Ruler Magazine Rack

This industrial metal magazine rack has a faux tape-measure finish that adds some whimsy to your wall.

Wave Magazine Rack

Two alternating metal panels create this funky 3D magazine storage option for your wall. It’s sold at Hayneedle.

City Sunday Magazine Rack

This ultramodern wall-mount magazine rack from Minus Tio, which uses steel wire to suggest a city skyline, comes in six different colors. Multiple racks could be hung side by side to create one giant city block in your living room — if you have the budget for it, at $192 apiece. You can find it for sale at Finnish Design Shop, which specializes in decor and housewares of Scandinavian origin.

Two-Tier Basket

If you’re looking for a different twist on the traditional magazine basket, try this two-tier approach that keeps floor space free. It’s a good choice if your magazines come with a hobby attached — knitting, for example — so that you can store supplies in the same place. Each basket holds 14 pounds of material, but don’t let that keep you from recycling the magazines you’ll never read!

Side Table with Storage

To save space, look for furniture pieces that have built-in magazine storage options. This contemporary side table sold at Hayneedle features a tilted rack to display reading material and is topped with tempered glass.

Chrome Basket

Here’s an option for minimalists: a contemporary, no-fuss chrome rack. It’s ideal for storing magazines in small spaces — such as, ahem, on the bathroom wall.

Magazine Marker

Display your magazine without losing your place with this art-piece holder from design studio Table of Contents in Portland, Oregon. The triangle is fashioned from solid black walnut.

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