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10 Inspiring Book Displays for Kids Rooms

By michellehorton |


When it comes to creating a book library for your little one, there are far more creative, unique, functional book displays than a simple bookshelf. Ideas that are innovative and super easy to replicate.

Take a look at our 10 favorite ways to display kids books:

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10 Best Book Shelves for Kids Rooms

Use Picture Shelving

Use IKEA picture ledges ($9.99 each) as book shelves

See sources, tips and DIY instructions:

Slide 1: IKEA shelving [via]; Picture ledges via IKEA

Slide 2: DIY book slings [via]

Slide 3: Rain gutter shelves [via]

Slide 4: Floor-to-ceiling shelves [via]

Slide 5: Flea market find [via]

Slide 6: Handmade house [via]

Slide 7: Door/shutter bookcase [via]

Slide 8: Handmade shelves [via]

Slide 9: Tree bookcase [via]

Slide 10: IKEA spice racks [via]; Spice racks via IKEA

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8 thoughts on “10 Inspiring Book Displays for Kids Rooms

  1. Kerri says:

    You discover anything remotely cool and it gets broadcast to every idiot hipster out there. I will never do the Ikea spice rack for this reason. Thanks.

  2. Tara says:

    I love this! It has totally inspired me to do something more creative than a traditional bookshelf in my baby girl’s room!!!

  3. Lea R. says:

    I love it, too, but my girls would totally be scaling those shelves like a climbing wall.

  4. island girl says:

    I book nooks are fabulous and a must have for every toddler, child and teen! We have done several and just posted one on We make ours! Great post..have a great day! Oh, and my kids have never climbed on them, having them facing out makes them inviting!

  5. Hannah says:

    doing a Dr Seuss room for my three kids. I have a space I want to make into a book nook. One wall is 32 inches wide the adjoing wall is 28.5 inches wide. I love some of the ideas here. Should the shelving match my meeting each other or have stair case so to speak shelves? Would it be wrong to paint the different colors to match the dr Seuss colors. I have 2 girls and one boy on the way. Looking for ideas that are going to last a while as when we move in a couple of years I can take the stuff with me.

  6. michellehorton says:

    @Kerri: It’s kind of our job to find cool things and broadcast them. I’m sure there’s no shortage of cool ideas you could come up with on your own. And I still think the IKEA spice racks are genius, no matter how many people use them.

  7. Hannah says:

    I wish I had an Ikea store that wasn’t two hours away just to get the darn spice racks to use as bookshelves in my kids room. I went to a thrift store today looking for some. I don’t even care if they match in color or size.

  8. Brigitte says:

    I drove 30 miles each way to Ikea just to get the picture ledges. I use them to store my ribbon spools in my craft room. They hold the standard spools just fine. They stand upright and don’t fall. It’s so much easier than the dowels type storage, which I retired after rerolling ribbon one too many times. The ledges are also useful for the my little bottles of acrylic paint and all sorts of small crafty tools that I want to have within arm’s reach. Love them, and was super bummed that they were out of stock. Then I found a tutorial to make them on I think I’ll try one and see if I can get the paint finish to look nice. Now if only it will stop snowing so I can go to Home Depot!

    I love that tree bookshelf! I might consider making that if I can find a place to put it…my kids’ playroom is the living room & dining room which has wainscotting and no flat walls. I don’t want to nail into that anyway because I’ll surely ruin it.

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