Publication date November 8, 2023

8 Creative Bookshelf Ideas to Store Your Books in a Stylish Way

As a book enthusiast, I know that books are beyond just a hobby. They are an important part of a reader’s life. For a passionate reader, its biggest pride is a library, a source of tons of information, exciting stories and so much more. 

Bookshelf arrangement

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Do you love buying new books and arranging them in your home too? That’s where our bookshelves come into the picture.

Bookshelf organization is an elegant way to showcase your collectibles in the reading journey. They are also a super easy and efficient way to arrange your books.

Some people prefer to arrange their books in an aesthetic way, arranging them as per color scheme and sizes, while others go with functionality considering the weight and functionality.

Thus there are multiple ways to store books on your bookshelf depending on the style that reflects you the most.

Here are 8 designer and creative ways to store books on a bookshelf that will have you rearranging your shelves immediately. 

1. Mix Your Books with Art 

Artistic bookshelf

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I personally love arranging my bookshelf with a few pieces of art. Choose more aesthetically pleasing book covers and add some framed prints to create a stunning gallery of mixed media art.

With such a pleasing shelf arrangement, you’ll create a new and interesting focal point.

You can also place a few travel souvenirs and pair them with related travel books. For instance, a travel book about Greece will go well with rocks from an Aegean beach. You can even add potted plants between your books.

2. Segregate Your Hardcover and Paperbacks

Many of us might prefer an alphabetical book arrangement or grounding by subject or genre. Everyone has their one bookshelf organizational choices.

But, you can segregate the hardcovers and paperback to create a sense of visual balance. Simply place your paperbacks on the bottom shelves and hardcovers over the top shelves.

This will help to create a better arrangement and give a classy look as well as balance the weight evenly.

3. Arrange in a faux fireplace

arranging book in a fireplace

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Of course, it is not a good idea to store books in a functioning fireplace. But, a faux fireplace works great as a built-in bookshelf. 

Non-functioning fireplaces are unique architectural features that are completely for home design purposes. So make use of the empty space in your faux fireplace by turning it into a display for your precious book collection.

4. Create a literary headboard or baseboard

bookshelf headboard above bed

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For easy reaching for bedtime stories, store your books in your headboard or baseboard. You can replace your current headboard with a headboard bookshelf. You can also create your own literary baseboard using a short and wide bookshelf that is the same width as your bed. 

Place it at the foot of your bed and fill it with all of your favorite books, that you would love reading before night sleep. 

5. Arrange Your Books Under a bench

Arrange Your Books Under a bench

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If you are looking for creative ways to store books then this one is for you. 

If you have a bench under a windowsill or your entryway, try using the space underneath to tore your books. This will transform your boring bench into a functional bookshelf, keeping all of your favorite books close at hand. 

As this image, add some cushions on top bench under a window to create a cozy reading nook. 

6. Organize Your Books by Color

Organizing Books by Color

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While some people like to arrange their library of books by author and others by topic, arranging your books by the color of their cover can create an intentional and eye catching look.

For bookshelf styling, I often try arranging books by color. It’s easier on the eye when colors are grouped together and results in easy visual interest.

7. Add Spotlights Above Your Bookshelves

Add spotlights above each floor to ceiling bookshelf to show your beloved books off. It looks grand, elegant, and practical. Now you can easily and always see where every last book is, even if you have hundreds of them. 

8. Use a decorative ladder 

A decorative ladder as bookshelf

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Using a ladder as a alternative to bookshelf can be a fun and interesting way to add a unique touch to your home decor. Ladders create height and can be used to display books, plants, and other decorative items in a visually appealing way.

To create a ladder bookshelf, simply lean a ladder against the wall and drape your books over the rungs. You can arrange the books by color, size, or genre. You can also add other decorative items to the ladder, such as plants, baskets, or vases.

Ladder bookshelves are a great way to add personality and style to your home. They are also a versatile storage solution that can be used in any room of the house.

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