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Bookshelves for kids: 5 children’s book storage ideas

November 16, 2020

Looking for the best bookshelves for kids?

Or searching for children’s book storage ideas?

Do you have a lot of children’s books? Children’s books are something we have many of – like Lego sets – but that’s a whole different post! – so we’re always on the lookout for the best bookshelves for kids and original children’s book storage ideas.

Childrens bookshelf ideas - book storage ideas for kids

We are lucky to have inherited a lot of books, been given them as presents and buy a lot of books too (charity shops are great places to look for nearly pristine copies, especially when you have an avid reader who goes through a lot of books).

Of course, there’s also the library.

IKEA picture ledges used as childrens bookcases

So we have a lot of children’s books all over the house (sound familiar?)

Kids books storage ideas - childrens bookshelves

I’ve always found the challenge with children’s books is storing lots of them, in a way that’s accessible so children can reach them, and in a way that also looks good. The dream.

Here Are Our Favourite Kids Bookshelves and Children’s Book Storage Ideas:

IKEA Book Shelves For Kids

As you’d expect, IKEA have a lot of different children’s bookshelves. There are also lots of IKEA hack products you can use as bookshelves.

IKEA hack spice rack bookshelves for kids, and how to make an easy felt ball garland

Our favourites are our IKEA Spice Rack bookshelves. These are the IKEA Bekvan spice racks we painted, fixed to the wall and use to display books.

We’ve had these for about seven years now, and they are still going strong.

Bookshelves for kids - the best IKEA book shelves for children

We use the IKEA Flisat dolls house as book storage. You can see this in my post on storage hacks with the IKEA Flisat and IKEA Lustigt.

The Flisat dolls house is a really fun, multi-use product. It can be wall-mounted and used as a shelf, or used as stand-alone book case / dolls house.

IKEA picture ledges are also good for storing books on display. Displaying books with the cover out makes them more likely to be read. And they look lovely, too.

IKEA picture ledges used as children's bookcases

Kid’s Wall Bookshelves From Great Little Trading Company

We also love wall bookshelves for kids. These keep books off the floor and means you can store them where children can easily reach them.

Childrens bookcases from Great Little Trading Company
Childrens book storage - Greenaway kids bookcases from Great Little Trading Company

We use the Great Little Trading Company Greenaway bookcase (which we were sent as a gift) on the wall by E’s IKEA midsleeper. It’s a great way of keeping books off the bed and storing them in a easy-to-read place.

Storing Children’s Books In Unusual Places

Do you have any nooks / crannies / odd spaces where you can add bookshelves for your children?

We turned the the fireplace in E’s bedroom into book storage, which you can read about in our fireplace to bookshelf makeover post.

Fireplace bookshelf makover with Great Little Trading Company - kids bookshelf ideas

We used a cheap bookshelf from Argos – along with gifted Great Little Trading Company Townhouse shelves.

Rainbow Bookshelves – Make A Colourful Display

People seem to have a lot of opinions about storing books in colour order but personally I love it. I think it looks really colourful and fun.

IKEA school run hacks - rainbow books and colourful book shelves
Rainbow bookshelves for kids - childrens book storage ideas

Or Make A DIY Book Bin

If you can’t attach things to wall, or don’t have much space, there are lots of ideas for making book bins over on Pinterest .

You don’t need anything particularly special to make one. You can just put books in a storage cube or bag, and leave them dotted around the house.

Children's storage baskets from Vertbaudet and stickers - children's book storage

Happy reading!

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