Book-obsessed? Love being surrounded by the classics? Ditch the idea that books are only for the bookcase in the living room. Organizing and displaying books can be fun and functional with unique do-it-yourself creations to hold beloved tall tales and display the kids' favorites.

By Jenna Burger

1. Basket Book Holder

Sometimes the most unusual item can instantly become a book holder. Rain on a Tin Roof took a vintage galvanized metal basket, turned it on its sides, and bolted it to the wall -- it instantly became the perfect spot to hold colorful cookbooks. What a creative way to add a splash of color to the kitchen!

2. Pallet Book Holders

Creations using the distressed, worn wood of shipping crates is a favorite of many. Upon dismantling a pallet and staining it in a dark espresso hue, multiple pallet book holders were hung on the wall to store and organize children's books. The pallets not only bring height to the space, but they also add color and depth.

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3. Thrift Store Book Caddy

When space is limited, keeping kid books easy to reach (and clean up) is best for staying organized. How to Nest for Less took a wood caddy -- a thrift store find -- and revamped it with a colorful blue hue using spray paint. A pretty ribbon detail was added, and now this caddy is ready to grab and go.

4. Bright and Bold Bookcase

What about a whole reading loft? This comfy reading spot features a lay-down reading area, plus a bright yellow book display. Bigger Than the Three of Us created a unique and eye-catching book holder using bright yellow paint for the frame and adding an acrylic face so the book covers could be easily seen.

5. Upcycled Bookcase

Instead of books piling high on the coffee table, keep them neat and tidy. Dancing Dog Cabin created organization by upcycling inexpensive bookcases. To create a grander look, three inexpensive bookcases were set side-by-side, feet were added to the base to give height, and a faux finish was applied to all the surfaces. Not only were the customized bookcases easy to create, the cost was minimal for a big-impact look.



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