12 Easy DIY Home Libraries

Have you always wanted a home library for displaying your book collections? Here are several creative tutorials on how to design a home library, custom shelving, built-in bookcases, and kids book nooks complete with pictured instructions.  You’ll learn how to transform any space in your home into a tranquil reading environment!

Easy DIY Home Libraries

Home Library Design

DIY Home Library

1.  DIY Library Table ~ Transform an old cable spool into a functional library and end table.  You could also add/make a round cushion for seating on top.

DIY Home Library

2.  Bookshelf Built-In’s DIY ~ These bookshelf built-ins are perfect for building a home library! Use this tutorial to create one or a set in your home! Or, if you don’t need more shelving, use this as inspiration on how to style your current shelves! DIY Home Library 3.  Ikea Hack Bookshelves {built ins} ~ I LOVE built ins. I can’t afford built-ins, but I do have a husband and he’s willing to work for food. Here’s how we turned our Billy Bookcases into Billy Built-ins, kind of.  I wanted the sides to be recessed and the front to pop out a bit, I thought it would give it more interest, much better then just a line of bookcases against a wall.

How to Design a Home Library

Home Design DIY 4.  Library Built-ins & Wainscoting ~ Wall to wall book shelving with custom bookshelves that don’t have to break the bank.  Learn how to build your own with this video tutorial.

DIY Pipe Shelving

5.  Restoration Hardware Inspired Shelves {Shelves} ~ Check out these industrial looking DIY shelves inspired by Restoration Hardware! Perfect for an office, library or even a little boys bedroom! A simple afternoon project after a quick trip to your local hardware store!

DIY Bookcase

6.  Bookcase Room Divider {step by step} ~ Make your book collection work for you by using a room divider bookcase.  Room dividers don’t have to be stationary, permanent features of architecture.  Add casters and you can still change your layout of the rooms at any time!

Rolling Book Crate

7.  DIY Wooden Book Crate ~ How cool is this library on wheels?!  A wooden crate from the craft store was stained, stenciled and wheels were added.  Transfer it to any room and it becomes an instant library. DIY Library Shelving 8.  How to Make Built-in Bookcases from Ikea Billy Bookshelves {ikea hack} ~Here is a brilliant Ikea hack for you! Turn Billy bookcases into built-ins using molding, painter’s caulk, and paint. Click on the tutorial for all the details.

DIY Home Design

Ledge Bookshelves How-to 9.  DIY Bookshelves ~ These ledge bookshelves are fantastic!  They are easy on the eye and functional.  I love that the books are displayed so that your children can easily find them. Book Nook from Palettes 10.  Book Nook from Palettes ~ Palette furniture is so in right now and this book nook corner is adorable and functional.  Kojo Designs gives a full tutorial for assembling a book nook from palettes so you can do it too!

DIY Book Sling

11.  How to Make a Fabric Sling Bookshelf {how to shelving} ~ Here is an innovative way to display your little one’s books for easy reading.  This tutorial will show you how to make a fabric sling bookshelf using fabric, dowel rods, and curtain rod hooks! 12.  Seuss Inspired Reading Nook Closet ~ Check out this absolutely adorable Seuss inspired children’s reading nook!  It’s a great usage for an under the stairs closet.  Some of the focal points include a red stenciled bookcase, R-E-A-D letters, Dr. Seuss prints, chevron stripe storage totes and an adorable canopy above the entry doors.

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