7 Ideas for Making a Forward Facing Book Display

updated Mar 11, 2020
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Just as your local library displays book covers on tables and sprinkled throughout shelves, parents have adopted this display method to entice their young children to pick up a book and, when they do, to make it easier for them to find specific books visually. Here are seven different ideas for creating such a display in your home:

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Start with SPICE RACKS (Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Start with SPICE RACKS: Don’t you love it when the simplest solution is also the cheapest? One of the biggest decor trends we’ve seen in the past year or two is using spice racks on the wall as small forward-facing bookcases. Lillian of Domestic Simplicity got the ball rolling with her $3.99 Ikea spice racks and we’ve seen them done beautifully by Louise of Table Tonic (shown above), in Calvin’s room, Romane’s room, Turner’s room, decorated with washi tape, attached to a dresser and a homemade version.

Start with PICTURE LEDGES: Reader Hiski wrote in to share her idea for displaying books – hanging multiple picture ledges. It’s an especially good idea for small rooms since it takes up no floor space.

Start with a HUTCH: Beckie of Infarrantly Creative had an old hutch and re-envisioned it as a book case. She added dowel rods to the front to hold the books in place.

Start with FABRIC: Forget the wood, Megan created a hanging book sling out of fabric and curtain rods.

Start with a STANDARD BOOKCASE: This parent took a regular bookcase (the IKEA Billy) and added wood moulding to keep the books from falling out.

Start with RAIN GUTTERS: Inspired by this idea used in a classroom setting, reader Beth used rain gutters to hold books in her daughter’s bedroom.

Start with LUMBER: This one is a total DIY. Reader Julie built this simple book display shelf from lumber and then painted it red

(Images: 1. Table Tonic 2. reader Hiski 3. Beckie/Infarrantly Creative4. reader Megan 5. via Ikea Hackers 6. reader Beth7. reader Julie)