Storing Children’s Books


I had set up a little reading station for Master O’s in our front room.  You can read about it here.

Our Reading Station

It was well-loved and used – probably too much.  You see, very rarely were the books neatly packed in the bookcase like you see in the picture.  As my son is only 3, he lacks the dexterity to put the books as they are meant to go.  Some go back as they are meant to, others are shoved back every which way, waiting for the opportunity to come toppling out.  So when we decided to do a shuffle of furniture this weekend, I took the opportunity to address this situation.

We decided to remove this small bookcase and replace it with some Ikea Expedit units to give us some more storage.  Initially I was just going to use some of  the shelves in these units  just like a bookcase but as I started to put the books in place I cringed, thinking of the mess they would be in by day’s end.

Taking a break and brainstorming ideas over a coffee, I recalled how my library stores kids’ books.  They have them in partitioned wooden boxes on legs, similar to this one I found on the net.

Super cute, right?  Practical too.  A kid could easily flip through the books and replace them when they were finished.

While I loved this idea and wanted it, I instead had an Ikea Expedit unit.  Adapting the idea, I took some of the Lekman boxes we had purchased to go in the Expedit unit.  I sorted through our books and broke them into categories and stood them up in the boxes.  I made sure that I didn’t overfill the boxes so there was plenty of room to flip through the books.

Easy Flipping

Seasonal Books

All done!

I also used this idea in Master O’s room.

Toy Storage

Reading seat to go here

I had moved these Trofast units filled with his toys into his bedroom a little while ago.  His little brother had been raiding, sucking on and trying to swallow his toys when these units sat in the playroom.  I had been wanting to make the middle section into a seat with a chair pad and cushions.  I had pictured him reading here and had used the sections below it as bookcases for his favourite bedtime books.  They too got messy.  Pulling out the Trofast boxes I had in storage, I packed the books away neatly with the hope that my kids’ bookcase cleaning days were over.

Master O’s favourite books in easy reach

I’m giving this system a few weeks trial to see if it works.  I will let you know how it goes.  In the mean time, I  would love to hear how you store your kid’s books.

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11 responses »

  1. Great collection of ideas. There are several other book storage ideas on our blog. did you see them? search for ‘kids furniture as well as for ‘book shelves’ . There is also a bed skirt idea posted which I personally love, which has pockets. You can store a book or two besides your bed this way.

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