Using Books As Home Decor

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Books. They show a glimpse of your personality. So, it makes sense that they would have some value as a part of your home decor. But how? Writer Ken Myers is here to shed some light on a few options for you to consider.


When it comes to furnishing your house your fist instinct might be to pick out a couch or a bedroom set. However there is an aspect to your home décor you may have forgotten about. Your belongings are as much a part of your décor as your furnishings are and if you are anything like me you have a great many belonging, especially books.

I started out by creating a library. Simple bookshelves lined two entire walls of my living room covering from floor to ceiling. Although the bookshelves were nothing special it certainly made a big impact on the room having them all lined up like that. Not only did the books function as wall art, but they also made for a cozy feeling space without having a bunch of clutter.

Books as a part of your life

Not to be deterred, I continued in my quest to include books in every part of my life. I saw a design for a cool book coffee table and went with it. Stacking a few heavy books of the same size in the four corners, I covered them with a glass tabletop and voila, instant coffee table.

In the bedroom I included books too. From some well-loved by falling apart paperbacks I wallpapered the wall behind my headboard. The headboard got the literary treatment as well. Using some inexpensive wood from the home store, I made a headboard and drew a line where the top of my mattress would hit.

Then I took some hard backed books from the discount bins (ones I would not mind messing up) and nailed them to the headboard above the line. I opened them so that they resembled butterflies in a way. After nailing them in place I was sure to leave a page outside so that I could glue it down and hide the nails. By laying out the books ahead of time to make sure the covered the wood completely, I created a cool book headboard.

Book home decor in the kitchen

In the kitchen I was inspired to add books too. Cookbooks, of course because I love to cook almost as much as I love to read! I found some cool vintage cookbooks at garage sales and used the images from them to create a one of a kind backsplash across my counter space. I also wrapped the drawer pulls with recipes so that the whole kitchen came together with vintage flair.

There are so many ways to add books to your décor that I can’t even cover them all. Although all homes might not lend themselves to book headboards or wallpaper, all us book lovers can find neat ways to incorporate our love for reading into our décor.


Thanks, Ken!

Ken Myers is the founder of & has learned over the years the importance of focusing on what the customer is looking for and serving it to them. He doesn’t try to create a need, instead he tries to satisfy the existing demand for information on products and services related to parenting and parenting resources.




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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.