Ways to get creative with your library.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the 61st Annual VNSA Used Book Sale, a.k.a. heaven for a bibliophile like myself.

Photograph by Raelynn Pfaff who so kindly accompanied me to the sale

I went last year for my first time and splurged on a LOT of books. This year I had a little more discipline and managed to get 15 or so books for $13.

Still, my bookcase is already swollen with books and I wasn’t sure how I was going to fit in my new additions.  I scoured the web to help me get ideas, and I’m sharing some below. So if you also need some ideas on how to fit extra books into your library in an artistic, yet functional way, you’ve come to the right place!


Space can be maximized in a library simply by orientating the books differently. This photo shows book space maximized by alternating stacks of books horizontally and vertically. There is something very pleasing to the eye about effectively using every piece of precious space!

Another creative way to arrange your books is to stack them and tie with some twine. It is a great way to show the rest of the world how much of a gift books really are!

If you are seeking a more organized look but still want to get the most with your space, try keeping one row the same and mixing up books in another. Although the top row has books in different orientations, there is still a balance of symmetry.


While this bookshelf also does a little mixing of the orientations of its books, I especially like the addition of a house plant to freshen things up.

This giant bookcase is composed of cubbyholes instead of uninterrupted horizontal shelves. I love how this designer takes advantage of the unique layout by adding decor items in between the books.


Photograph by Amy at Matilda’s Bookshelf
Futhermore, it is not uncommon to organize books based on color. Amy has done this with her bookshelf and it has become a work of art!

Photograph by Caitlin at The Book Shire
In this “shelfie,” Caitlin really takes advantage of her books’ colors to design a beautiful library.  I am all for judging a book by it’s cover when it is done like this!

All in all, don’t be afraid to get creative with your library! There are plenty of different ways to design your reading space, and hopefully you were able to pick-up some inspiration with this post. I can’t wait to find a way to incorporate book orientation, decor, and color in my bookcase. Hopefully the design will help me fit in my extra goodies from this weekend as well. What does your library look like? How do you prefer to sort your books? I’d love to hear more from my readers! Let me know in the comments below.

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