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Here are 8 fantastic ideas for book shelves that are unique, fun, and functional!

8 great DIY bookcases


I am a librarian so I want to share 8 of my favorite fun and functional DIY bookcases you can make to house your own book collection. Happy reading!

I am a librarian and love books so I want to share some fun and functional DIY bookcases you can make to house your own book collection. Happy reading!

Since we recently celebrated National Library Week in April and school will be getting out soon, leading to all that extra time to hang out and read just for fun, I thought I would re-share some of my favorite ways to create bookshelves.  You know, just so you’ll be prepared.  🙂

Is this you?  Believe me, you’re not alone!

I have worked in libraries for 27 years, 16 of them as a librarian, so believe me when I say I love books.  But if you are like me, you have acquired a lot of books and need some good ideas on how to keep them neatly organized.  So here are 8 fantastic ideas for book shelves that are unique, fun, and functional!

1. Re-purpose an old dresser.

Pull out the drawers (more on those in a minute), and either paint the inside a great color or add wallpaper or decoupage with colorful scrapbooking paper for a bookcase with your own personal style.

2. Re-purpose dresser drawers.

See?  I told you I’d show you what to do with those leftover drawers. These make great bookcases hung up on the wall. Here are the directions.

Want more ideas? Here is another post I did on 16 fabulous ways to repurpose dresser drawers.

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3. Reconfigure pre-made bookshelves to make them even better.

These are 3 Billy bookcases from Ikea (2 upright and 1 on its side) that create a great reading nook. *Note: Make sure you secure them together, so they do not get tipped over easily.

I love Ikea hacks!  Here are some more: 10 awesome Ikea hacks you need to try.

4. Use 4 wooden crates to make a stylish bookcase.

5. Build your own book shelves using PVC pipes and boards for an industrial look.

Here are the directions.

6. Use short bookcases to wrap your couch to store books and use as end tables.

Especially functional if you have a small space.

Here are some other beautiful ways to create more storage.

7. Use Ikea spice racks as book shelves for kids’ rooms.

I love these Bekvam racks.  They are so versatile and you paint or stain them to match any decor.

8. Books bring us pleasure! So dress them up to fit your style, like this Dr. Who Tardis book cabinet made from an inexpensive plain white pantry cabinet.

Hopefully, it’s bigger on the inside, so it can hold more books! 😉

And a bonus tip on how to style a bookcase.

Now that you have that empty bookcase waiting to be filled, here are some ideas on how to style it!

So, I hope you got some great inspiration from these ideas!

I’ll leave you with one final quote, one of my favorites from Dr. Seuss:

By the way, a great way to celebrate reading is a party on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. See my ideas here: Dr. Seuss birthday party ideas – from a children’s librarian!

I am a librarian so I want to share 8 of my favorite fun and functional DIY bookcases you can make to house your own book collection. Happy reading!


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My all-time favorite?  Agatha Christie!

~ Pam

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  3. Love the wrap around couch bookcase, the crate bookcase and the PVC shelves. I am going to look into the PVC shelves actually, it seems very budget friendly 🙂 Thanks!

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