“Book” Shelves

Filed under Be Creative Decorating Ideas on Apr 25 12 by

Book shelves
These “book” shelves are a super simple DIY project that makes use of large collections of books (such as encyclopedias) that look cool, but tend to go unused (thanks Google!). This white unit is a hutch that is supposed to sit atop my adorable white Pottery Barn desk. Unfortunately, I need all the desk space I can get, and this takes up almost half of that space. I wanted to find a way to use this as a sort of side table, but I couldn’t seem to find anything to set it on top of. That’s when I noticed our unused encyclopedia collection gathering dust in the corner of the basement.


I stacked the books to the height that I wanted, straightened them out, and then set the hutch on top. Viola! An easy, instant place to stash my books and writing materials next to my comfy chair. I hope this inspires you to find unique ways to use your books, hutches, or other furniture odds and ends around your room.

Book shelves

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Lauren D'Alessandro
As the founder of The You Are Project’s print magazine and blog, Lauren is passionate about developing publications that inspire creativity and action. Lauren is the Editor-in-Chief of You Are REAL and the creator and manager of our website. Her dream is to continue using writing and publications as tools for communicating God’s love to the world. Keep up with her latest endeavors at laurendalessandro.com.