As convenient as ebooks and audiobooks are, nothing beats holding a hard copy of your favorite book and flipping through its pages. Owning hard copies of books is great, but it’s easy for an extensive collection to clutter a small home or apartment. If this is the position you find yourself in, don’t worry. We have 5 creative ways to display books in a small apartment. PLUS, these ideas will also work in any other kind of home. 

Finding ways to store books in a small apartment is important as it not only keeps your home organized and clutter-free, but it also keeps your books fresh and longer-lasting. Check out these creative ways to display your books and gain inspiration for your next DIY home project.

1.Turn your headboard into a bookshelf

literary headboard

Replace your current headboard with a headboard bookshelf, perfect for keeping your late-night reads close by! If the headboard isn’t an option, try storing your books by the baseboard of your bed. Use a bookshelf that is the same width as your bed and place it at the foot of it and fill it with your favorite books.

2. Make a reading nook

reading nook

A fun way to store your books is by turning an open window into a reading nook. Store the books under the bench to keep them away from the direct sunlight, and use cushions on top to create a cozy place to read all of your favorite books.

3. Turn a faux fireplace into a book display

A functioning fireplace is no place to store your precious books, but a faux fireplace can make a great built-in bookshelf. This display will make use of the empty space inside the non-functioning fireplace while creating unique and quirky storage.

4. Create a room divider 

Bookcase room divider

If you live in a studio apartment, room dividers help break up the space. Use this to your advantage by using a fun bookshelf to help divide the room and achieve more privacy. You could use a standard shelf or opt for etagere shelving for a more open look.

5. Arrange floating shelves

Floating shelves are stylish and offer extra display space for your picture frames, houseplants, and knick-knacks. Utilize this space to display your books instead! You can create your own unique library as you fill up a blank wall full of funky shelves and your favorite books.

Whether you’re an innovative decorator or a casual book hoarder (maybe even both), these fun displays will keep your books organized and fresh. For more creative ways to display your books, check out ApartmentGuide’s infographic below.

Dropbox link