Make A Library Nook In a Small Home (& Organize It!)

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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.blank630x20


Organizing Books By Category

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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.blank630x20

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How It All Looks

The dining room was off the living room.

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As it’s just Roy and I we have a small table in the kitchen. You can see the doorway.library nook-4

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My divider wall of bookshelves.

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Behind this nook area is my larger crafting area which also has bookshelves back to back.library nook-7

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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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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

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BLANK 800 x 75So 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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  1. What a great idea. I’m always looking to find ways to store books, and I never seem to have enough space. Thank you. Your website is full of inspirational ideas!

  2. This looks really great. I wonder if I can’t hire you to come and organise my books? I have books everywhere. In every room and on every open surface. It is totally out of control. I love your system. It looks like something I need to do during the holidays.
    Stopping by from LouLou Girls.

    1. Nancy Author

      lol! Yeah there’s been plenty of times I wish I could have hired someone! Takes a bit of work but it sure feels good when its done! Thanks for visiting!

  3. Rae

    Ooh; I *really* need to organise my books and I have been hankering to move my furniture around lately… you have certainly given me food for thought 🙂

  4. What a BEAUTIFUL library!!!! I love having a library and I love how you did yours… I have more room… and LOTS more books, and I feel that a library is very important to our home… glad to see it being done so beautifully. 🙂

  5. Kathleen

    OH MY Goodness, what a delightful room. It is something that I have been kicking around in my mind too. Especially since it is down to one, the children grown and move away years ago and my dear sweet husband is now an angle watching over me. When you walk into my home the the door opens into a large living-room. There is door to the right opens to a former small bedroom 11-1/2 by 8-1/2 feet and a small closet. My plans are to remove the door and have an archway [like the entrance to you NEW room.
    For now, my plans are to make the room into a sewing/craft room. Eventually I am placing a small kitchen in that room. The larger archway will give it a bright country home look and feel. OH MY, I just love your blog and the similar ones that I subscribe to they have such wonderful ideas. As soon as I complete this job I will send pictures. Thanks again for making a bright spot in my day. ~ Kathleen

    1. Nancy Author

      Thanks so much Kathleen! It wounds like you and your husband have some wonderful plans in the works! I love making my “home” unique and mine… so to speak. I so appreciate your comment. Good luck on your projects!


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