When we moved from our one bedroom flat a few years ago one of the things I was most looking forward to was Miss Marnie having her own bedroom. Somewhere of her own that she could play, read and of course sleep!
Fast forward to now and her room is stuffed to the rafters. To be fair it is a small room and we’ve made the best of the space available – without it feeling to cluttered. One thing that saved us a bit of space was building bookshelves into the unused door frame (there was an extra door connecting it to front room which we boarded up on one side).
We got the infamous Ikea picture ledges fitted into the space. Of course this was an idea I had seen on Pinterest – and proved a neat, inexpensive and simple way to display her books and a few knick-knacks.
Although, now I kinda wished I had gone with the spice rack idea -as if you have the ledge shelves you will understand – when you remove a book most of the time the rest fall with it! I am toying with the idea of hooking across some net curtain wire to stop them constantly falling.
Either way when they’re all stacked up with books they can look really stylish – I really just wanted to create a cosy little reading nook – where she could sit, relax and flick through her books.
Miss M’s books are however taking over and we have had to create a few more places to store them. I love bookends so some of her bigger books sit with them on her drawers (which was once her changing table), some are stacked in wicker baskets and others are in a pile waiting for a home.
I thought I would check out – on Pinterest of course – some clever storage ideas for all those kids books especially for smaller bedrooms. Here’s a few of my favourites:
IN THE CORNER
For small bedrooms maximising space with some corner shelves can really save room and double your storage. If you don’t want to go this low down you can always place them above a chest of drawers and make them a feature. These corner shelves are actually made from rain guttering!
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Those book tables that are often in the children’s part of the library are ideal as they can hold so many books. Used like this you can also place little baskets of more book or even toys underneath, or if you lay the books flat you could place a padded seat on top to keep them out of sight and create additional seating.
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SPICE IT UP
As I mentioned above the Ikea spice racks are also a great way to store little books – and the front bars ensure they don’t tumble out when selecting one. The best part is they come untreated so you can paint or decorate them to suit your kids room.
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These metal mesh baskets are ideal for holding books – and can easily be attached to the wall if floor space is lacking. They could also be attached to the back of the door to hold lightweight fashion and hair accessories too.
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** For more inspiration why not visit my kids bookshelf board on Pinterest?