Inexpensive Forward-Facing Bookshelves

Domestic Simplicity

The start of the year is a great time to switch things up at home. Lillian has reinvigorated her kids' enthusiasm for their books by adding some forward-facing shelving. It's a triple win here: more reading, smart storage for small spaces and incredibly cheap ($4 each!). So just what are those little shelves and where can you get them?They are none other than $3.99 spice racks from Ikea (the Bekvam). Each one is 16.5 inches long which is terrific for small rooms. If you don't live near an Ikea, keep your eyes open at thrift shops, garage sales or dollar stores.

Visit Lillian at Domestic Simplicity to compare this book display to her other book shelf and also to smirk at "the chaos that ensues around and behind me when I try to spend 10 seconds just taking pictures of some bookshelves." (And you may recognize Mia and Nick's lovely room from our Small Kids, Big Color contest.)

Thanks Lillian!

(Image: Domestic Simplicity)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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