If you’re a book lover you know how challenging it is sometimes to find a place in your home for the many books that you’ve collected over the years. Sure, standard book shelves work quite well. However, they only hold so much, and a bookshelf isn’t the most innovative way to showcase your book collection. Even if you only own a few books, there are many interesting ways to not only display you books, but also use them for practical purposes. Here are several ideas!
If you are using a book shelf:
- Rather than lining them all up in a perfect row, stack them both horizontally and vertically. Horizontal stacks create visual interest and break up the monotony of endless rows.
- Display those that have fantastic covers. Face them outward. You can do this in the middle or at the end of rows. You can place them on a small stack of horizontal books. Or, you can reserve one whole shelf for them and display a tier of covers.
- Buy fabulous book-ends and fill only 2/3 of the shelf with books so that the book-ends can clearly be seen and appreciated.
- Purchase a display stand intended for collectible plates and showcase just a few books on the shelves
If you are not using a book shelf:
- Stack larger books in a pile high enough to use as an end/side table. It works well to lay a small, flat piece on top – such as heavy wood or glass.
- Buy decorative plate hangers and use them to mount the books to the wall
- Buy a rack intended to hold recipe magazines in the kitchen, and instead display one of your books open to a favorite page.
- Attach large gauge wire to the wall by securing it at each end, then hang the books spine up, with the wire set in the center
If you are okay with deconstructing some books:
- Cut out your favorite pages and images and frame them
- Cut out your favorite pages and images and create a collage and frame it.
- Cut our your favorite pages and glue them to the back panel, inside your bookshelf, to create a wallpaper affect as a backdrop to the intact books sitting on the shelves.
See, displaying and storing books beautifully is a cinch!