Picture a fun lineup of children’s fiction with the cover art front and centre, instead of a row of uninspired spines.

When children’s books are wedged together in bookcases or scattered all over the floor, their decorative potential is wasted. But placed on narrow shelves with their covers on display, the books are instantly ordered in a gallery of delight.

What you will need

  • Shelving and brackets (a great example is the Ekby Östen unit from Ikea)
  • Nails or screws
  • A hammer or drill


Keep shelves equidistant for uniformity and a clean decorative line.

Measure, locate & mark

Measure out your shelving carefully and ensure that it is accessible and will accommodate tall or bulky books if necessary. Locate the wall studs and mark fixing locations.

Srew or nail

Screw or nail the support brackets at the marked stud points, then position the shelves.

Arrange books

Encourage your child to participate in the book arrangement.


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