5 Ways to Decorate with Books

  • Copy by: Liza Rollins

In the age of technology, sometimes it’s nice to sit and flip through a real, physical book. As we expand our collections—whether they be glossy coffee table books, novels, or cookbooks—we may find ourselves struggling to find a home for them all. Luckily, books can be an amazing and versatile addition to your home decor. Read on to find out how you can put those pages to good use!


1. Curate a stack (or a few!).

 A coffee table isn’t complete without perfect pile of eye catching books. This collection not only showcases your personality and interests, but is also great for guests to flip through. 

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2. Make a side table.

You can create a piece of furniture using books! A stack of sturdy, large volumes can serve as a perfect side table or nightstand. 

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3. Create a tower.

Using shelving like this is a perfect way to proudly display your collection and adds height to the space. 

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4. Fill the fireplace.

Whether you want to make a few neat piles or fill it to the hilt, using an empty fireplace to store books creates a cozy, library-like feel, and utilizes valuable unused space. 

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5. Make a floor to ceiling statement.

If your book collection reaches beyond the confines of a coffee table, invest in tall bookshelves to create an accent wall. Have extra time on your hands? Sort them by color to make a bold statement. 

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  • One of these days I will have enough books to fill an entire wall…

  • I love the idea of filling the fireplace! Has anyone tried that side table idea themselves? Does it stay stable or do you need to glue the books together?

    Danielle | D is for Dreamer

  • Cheyanne Slayter

    Where do you find all of your coffee table books? They are so beautiful!


  • Yes! Coffee table books (and all books) are so hard to resist!! They are such a perfect way to inject your personality and style in a subtle/chic way into any room.
    Lauren Jade
    Lauren Jade Lately
    ‘Simplify Life, Maximize Happiness’

  • I love these ideas, but I got to say, the tables and high stacks would be terrible if you actually wanted to read/view the book. But for looks? Very cool.