Make A Library Nook In a Small Home (& Organize It!)
Think your home is too small to have a library? I just might prove you wrong! Plus, I did it in a small 1,500 foot rental home! This means I had to get extra creative. It’s just Roy and I, but I managed to fit a music studio for Roy, an office for me, a photography studio area, an exercise area, a craft room and a library all into the 1,500 square feet. My library nook is the one I’m most proud of.
The Nook Itself
I converted a dining room into a library on one side and craft room on the other by utilizing tall bookshelves as room dividers. Though the library portion is fairly tiny it’s still large enough to fit in an awesome old wood chair my daughter made over for me and a lamp to read by. I added some really fun decor items and all my shelves are labeled by categories using gold labels.
Organizing Books By Category
Our library consists of mostly non-fiction books and I’ve labeled my shelves by category with really nice gold inkjet stickers (equivalent to Avery 5267). I’ve included the template for the labels I personally use if you’d like to download it.
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Replace the text with your own and delete any text you don’t need.
How It All Looks
The dining room was off the living room.
As it’s just Roy and I we have a small table in the kitchen. You can see the doorway.
My divider wall of bookshelves.
Behind this nook area is my larger crafting area which also has bookshelves back to back.
Decorating : My Favorite Part!
These are large family photos taken when we all went to a costume party dressed as pirates. Seemed like a good spot for them!
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My daughter bought me this large reading fairy years ago and it’s been in my library ever since. You’ll also notice the battery operated twinkle lights. I love twinkle lights!
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A Jar of Bookmarks
I have a few fiction books in my library. They are mostly beautiful photo books on fairies, gnomes, dragons, etc. I decorated that shelf appropriately with a dragon sculpture my daughter made and with some dragon eggs including the bell jar display that I made. Bell Jar Tutorial Dragon Egg #1 Tutorial Dragon Egg #2 Tutorial
So if you own a lot of books and think there is no place to put them I bet there just might be some tiny spot you could turn into your own library nook! As the old adage says: Where there’s a will there’s a way!
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