Built-in bookshelves

Nine times out of ten, if I like a room in a magazine, it will be because it has good built-in bookshelves. I have lots of standalone Ikea shelves but they don't make the best use of the space they're in and they're not exactly pieces of furniture I'm excited to own.

This idea, however, is one of those balancing acts. Is it too much to do to a rental? I have no plans or desire to move right now. Built-ins could potentially make my apartment much more functional, increase storage, free up space along other walls. I'm not sure what it would cost, if there's a possibility of doing this with a combination of custom and store-bought shelf options. I need help - anybody?!


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