Reader Cara wrote and e-mail and asks, "I'm looking for the trifecta of bookshelves for our daughter Lila's room: stylish, sturdy and affordable. I want something that is low to the ground since we're going a bit Montessori with the design of the room. Aside from combing garage sales for old bookshelves I could paint and fix up, I'm at a loss for what's out there that's new and fits my criteria. Any ideas? P.S. Our little one is 14 months old."
Good question, Cara!
If you're going for a lower shelf, there are several attractive options which will be a great fit for your little girl. Little Red Robin offers a handmade infant shelf made of study oak with rounded corners -- it's a bit on the plain side, but with the right room accessories it can work. Community Playthings has something similar.
For jazzier options, our reader, Eve, used the
And just a reminder, if the shelf does run a bit on the high side, be sure it is secured to the wall. Any other tips for Cara?