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Doing the Books: On Styling a Bookcase

It’s tax time, so we thought we’d lighten the mood with a different kind of bookkeeping.

What’s your favorite way to style a bookcase?

A quick perusal of the interweb can deliver some truly impressive, enviable, quirky, and downright strange takes on storing and displaying your book collection. We say, keep it doable. Here are ten ideas for do-it-yourself bookshelf makeovers. Have a look, then leave a comment with your own favorite DIY bookmarks.


For the beginner or the clueless bookophile, brush up with these basic tips on styling a bookcase. Create layers and texture with a variety of books and accessories, and see if you can vary the height of the shelves.


Stack the books in different ways, like this:


If you need inspiration, check out this irreverent guide to book stacking. Did you know there are seven ways to stack?

Consider papering or painting the back of the shelves to add color, or get really creative and add images, like this family photo project:

Door Bookshelf.jpg

Source: Crush Cul de Sac


...or a ladder.

Ladder Bookshelf.jpg

Source: Flickr

A bookshelf can double-task as a space-saving pair of desks...


Source: Apartment Therapy

...or a whimsical tree for a kid’s room.


The utilitarian reader might organize by subject, author, or title, while the more aesthetically-inclined opt for sorting by color, like this:


What do you think? What’s your ideal bookshelf?

Post by Melissa Reeser Poulin