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10 Great Ideas to Organize and Store Your Kids’ Books

updated Mar 8, 2019
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As my daughter grows, so does her collection of books, and I’ve been looking for ways to store and organize them that will provide the best access and aesthetic. We don’t have room for an entire wall of books and since she is interested in a few select titles at a time, it works to keep her current favorites on display and the rest stowed away out of sight. I then circulate them every so often! Here are 10 ideas from our Kids’ Room Tours of ways to store and organize kids’ books…

1. Floating shelves: This type of shelves is a great way to display the books and provide easy access. The plastic cover on the front allows you to stack the books so that you get more space.

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2. Racks above a bench: I love the idea of long shelves above a bench because it automatically creates a reading area.

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3. Multi-Purpose Bookshelf: A shelf like the Oeuf Mini Library that can hold many books as well as toys is utilitarian and pleasing to the eye.

4. Wall bench and bookshelf: Here is another example of a wall bench providing both a space to read and extra storage for books, but this room also includes a large, traditional bookcase to accommodate the growing book collection.

5. Stacked cubes: A custom DIY project using maple plywood created this set-up with differently sized boxes for differently sized books.

6: Wall shelves: Large wall shelving can provide ample space for books, and it maximizes wall space when hung over cubbies like this.

7. Baskets: It can be as simple as finding a large basket or two to hold all of your child’s current favorite books.

8. A box or crate: Consider using a box or crate as a nightstand which can also hold their favorite bedtime stories.

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9. Exposed built-in shelving: If your child has a closet, consider opening it up to display not only their books but their clothes and toys as well.

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10. A combination of options: This room has books in a variety of places: a wire basket, a nightstand, and floating shelves of different sizes. Having several places to put books away can provide the natural way to organize: the favorite current books go in a basket that is easy to access while the other books are stacked on shelves higher up.