The amount of bookshelf inspo I have saved is ridiculous. I love my bookshelf, but seeing these Pinterest worthy insanely amazing bookshelves have me jealous. And so, I wondered how I could have a beautiful aesthetic bookshelf and spend little-to-no money on it.
Here’s what I came up with:
Tips and Reminders
Before I begin, I’d like to say that I think the best bookshelves are unique to each person. And, the most important factor is that you are happy with it and that it functions.
A lot of these “Insta-worthy” bookshelves look beautiful because they never get used. But, if you’re like me and like looking through your books to find the perfect read for a Saturday night, you want to actually be able to use your books without worrying about messing up the aesthetic.
So please keep that in mind when designing your aesthetic bookshelf.
Create an Organization Method for Books
There are many methods you can use to organize your books, but it’s important to find one that works for you.
If you’re simply looking at what will be the most aesthetically pleasing, here are some ideas:
If you’re looking for a practical way to organize books, here are some options:
- by genre
- by author
- by favorites
Personally, how I organize my bookshelf probably doesn’t make sense to most people, but I know where certain books live and it makes it easy for me to find and put away books.
I like to keep my favorite series together, and I also have a section for my all-time favorite books. Then, I put educational books together, and I have a section for all my past bullet journals.
Add Trinkets and Decor To Your Aesthetic Bookshelf
To add more visual appeal to your bookshelf, you can add trinkets or decor. There are countless decor pieces you can add, but this is a perfect opportunity to incorporate some of your personality. Add some artwork you enjoy, or some other items you love to look at.
Here are some ideas:
- beautiful journals and notebooks
- collectible trinkets
- succulents and other low-light plants
Find Nice, Inexpensive Bookshelves
If you are on the lookout for a new bookshelf but don’t want to spend too much money, the best place to look is thrift stores and yard sales.
However, it can take a long time to find exactly what you’re looking for, so I’d recommend looking at Ikea or Amazon.
I am currently using the Ikea Kallax shelf for mine, and it was less than $150! Of course, you’re going to have to put it together, but I actually enjoy that process (is that weird?). Anyway, Ikea furniture isn’t the most high-quality, but I have found the pieces I’ve bought to hold up well. (I still have Ikea furniture from nearly a decade ago that I’m still using.) So, if you’re looking for an inexpensive option, Ikea is a good start.
Find Cheap Copies of Your Favorite Books
I love keeping my favorite books, no matter how long ago I’ve read them. I kind of want my bookshelf to be a collection of my favorite reads.
If you’re looking for copies of books you’ve read, or are just wanting to get some new reads, I recommend ThriftBooks. I absolutely adore ThriftBooks (no this is not sponsored, I literally just love them). Since I started using ThriftBooks, 90% of the books I buy are from them.
If you don’t know, ThriftBooks is basically an online thrift store just for books! You can find second-hand copies of pretty much any and every book and they are marked down accordingly. They also tell you the condition of the book, so you won’t be getting a super used book, thinking it was in good condition.
I have a whole post about ThriftBooks if you want to learn more. But, if you’re looking to purchase books, I’d most definitely recommend them. You could probably fill an entire bookcase for $50!
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