8 Clever Ways To Display Your Child’s Books

DIY Bookshelf Tree // via 101 woonideeen

Got a junior book collector in the house? Here are eight fun and original ways to display all of those colorful children’s book covers!

Bookshelf Ideas for Kids' Rooms // narrow book ledge

Narrow Book Ledge
via Carine Kaurin

Kid-decor blogger Carine Kaurin displays her baby’s books facing out on these narrow ledge shelves. A simple, elegant way to make the books the highlight of the room!

Bookshelf Ideas for Kids' Rooms // Tree Bookshelf

Tree Bookshelf
Available for $2,800 from Design Artist

A magical tree filled with books—how cool is that? This bookshelf makes a statement fit for any child’s room.  The books can be placed spine out, stacked, or leaned and complemented by a cherished toy or two.

IKEA Hacks: Spice Rack Bookshelves

IKEA Hack: Spice Rack Bookshelves
via Supergail

Built-in bookshelves don’t have to be expensive or custom-made. These clever shelves were made using $4 Ikea Bekväm spice racks and hung to be easily accessed by the smallest of the board book enthusiasts. Great for toy storage, too!

;DIY Book Bin for Kids (made from a drawer)

DIY Book Bin
via dejiligheder

Speaking of repurposing, how about using a simple drawer fit with short legs as a book bin. Position it at just the right height so kids can easily dig around for their favorite reads.

Bookshelf Ideas for Kids' Rooms // low-lying wooden shelves via jordan ferney

Low-Lying Wooden Shelves
via A Cup of Joe

Oh Happy Day! blogger Jordan Ferney, at the time living in a 500 sq. ft. apartment in San Francisco with her husband and two sons, knows a thing or two about optimal storage. She purchased these low-lying wooden shelves from BOOK/SHOP for her kids’ shared room.

Newsstand-Style Corner Display Rack for Kids

Newsstand-Style Corner Display Rack
via Craft and Creativity (photography by Marie Eriksson for Hus & Hem)

For the ultimate space saver, convert an entire wall to book storage, adding a lot of color and eye candy to a room. This style of shelving is especially great since it can make use of “dead” corners in a room, where no furniture would fit.

Bookshelf Ideas for Kids' Rooms // bookshelf city playscape

Bookcase City Playscape
Cityscape decals available from Les Enfants du Design for $65

Book storage doesn’t always have to be all about books. Here the shelves (two Ikea Expedit shelving units side-by-side would work nicely) double as a toy-car highway, thanks to a well-placed J’habite ici sticker by Les Enfants du Design.

Picture at top of post: DIY Tree Bookshelf via 101 Woonideeen.


  • This is a bookshelf I just made for our 2 and a half year old. It took about 16 hours. The design was a melding of a few I had seen online. It was a lot of fun to make and an even better feeling to see the look on his face after installing it. He helped by pushing the wall anchors in.

  • I’m a big admirer of your blog Handmade Charlotte and I’m really happy that you like my bookshelves (here called “Newsstand-Style Corner Display Rack”) and the picture of my two daughters! :) The photos was taken by photographer Mari Eriksson for a Swedish interior magazine called Hus & Hem (House & Home) in 2010. It would be great if you could add that information next to the photo. Marie’s blog is http://www.marieriksson.se/home.html and my blog is http://www.craftandcreativity.com. Thank you!

  • these look cool but most suffer from some major issues. the biggest is that several designs store books out of reach of children. If the goal is to have books for the kids to read then they need to be able to get to them. The other issue is that several of these don’t hold more than a dozen or so books which don’t give kids many options. As a teacher I know that diverse reading is critical to developing reading skills and enjoyment.

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