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10 Creative Ways to Display Books

We’ve been working on converting a large storage closet into a library space in our townhouse and I’ve been collecting images for the past while for inspiration.  From loft ideas to something as quaint and simple as this vintage ironing board (above) from the home of Scout and Catalogue.  The different ways people display books I’ve come to realize is as individual as the people who display them. Here’s a few home library ideas I’ve been collecting as of late in a slideshow below.


  • Ladder Shelves 1 of 9
    Ladder Shelves
    A simple idea and easy to make. Two ladders and boards create a unique library.
    From Hindsvik at Home.
  • A Lofty Idea 2 of 9
    A Lofty Idea
    A perfect idea for those high ceilings. This industrial-inspired space is a dreamy way to view books in a home.
    Photo by Vincent Leroux for Marie Claire Maison (Feb/Mar '12).
  • A Little Nook 3 of 9
    A Little Nook
    A surprising little nook above a sofa lends a bit of whimsy.
    Photo by Vincent Leroux for Marie Claire Maison (Feb/Mar '12).
  • A Frame 4 of 9
    A Frame
    A unique space like an attic gives way for a perfect little hideaway library.
    Photo by Vincent Leroux for Marie Claire Maison (Feb/Mar '12).
  • Geometric Space 5 of 9
    Geometric Space
    Create interest with these geometric designed shelves.
    Photo by Vincent Leroux for Marie Claire Maison (Feb/Mar '12).
  • Pipe Dreams DIY 6 of 9
    Pipe Dreams DIY
    A DIY using pipes and reclaimed wood.
    Get the how-to from Hindsvik at Home.
  • Colorful and Contemporary 7 of 9
    Colorful and Contemporary
    By adding layers and hanging artwork in front of the books adds interest to a regular bookshelf. Photographer: Bärbel Miebach
    From House and Home.
  • Invisible Bookshelf 8 of 9
    Invisible Bookshelf
    Suki from pikkuvarpunen created this almost invisible bookshelf by using both white hardware and shelving.
  • Bookcase for childrens books 9 of 9
    Bookcase for childrens books
    Bookcases made out of pine board and painted white. Making it easy for children to find their favorite storybooks.
    DIY idea from Craft & Creativity.

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Jan is the co-founder of Poppytalk, a blog about the beautiful, the decayed and the handmade and Poppytalk Handmade, an online curated marketplace. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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