11 Clever Ways To Turn An Old Bookshelf Into A Chic And Practical Home Decor Additon

When you're in need of something particular around the house, the easiest option is usually to head to the store and buy what you want. Sometimes, though, the easiest option is not the best. Whether you want to save some money or save the environment, upcycling what you already have at home just might be the way to go. Transforming common household items, like ordinary plastic bottles for instance, is a simple task; however, figuring out what to do with a larger item like bookshelves can take some heavy lifting, both physically and creatively. Luckily, we’ve got some great ideas to get your started.

1. Keep kids organized.

Little Bit of Paint

When Therena from Little Bit of Paint found this armoire on Craigslist for a mere $30, she knew it would be the perfect space for her boys' books, toys and more. The addition of chalk and cork boards make it great for kids.

2. Turn it into a coffee table.

Beneath My Heart

A simple three-shelf bookcase inspired Beneath My Heart's Traci to create a unique storage solution in the form of a coffee table. Casters on the four corners of the back of the bookshelf and plywood on top of the front, attached with the hinge, completed the simple DIY. 

3. Make a small and simple sandbox.

The Homes I Have Made

Megan from The Homes I Have Made became a pro at DIY home projects due to the frequent moves her family made because of her husband's military career. Turning the simple and basic into the functional and chic is her specialty, as clearly shown by this sweet sandbox project.

4. For those with a green thumb, grow a little something.

Helpful Gardener

Helpful Gardener user rhoderider came up with this clever upcycle as an alternative to traditional planter boxes. What used to house food for the mind now holds food for the stomach, including fledgling tomatoes and cucumbers.


5. Create extra space by rolling one under the bed.

DIY Fun Ideas

By attaching casters and door handles to a bookshelf, Jenise at DIY Fun Ideas was able to add some much needed storage. Under the bed and out of the way, the bookshelf hold necessities and adds a pop of surprise color, too.

6. Step up your hostess game with a one-of-a-kind cart.

The Sweetest Digs

It might only have two shelves, but this small bookshelf is big on style after Gemma of The Sweetest Digs finished with it. Having guests over is always easier when refreshments are readily available and this cute serving cart provides that with ease.

7. Increase your counter space with a DIY kitchen island.

Golden Boys and Me

IKEA hacks can be the perfect creative solutions for space and design issues. That's definitely true of this BILLY bookcase kitchen island. Golden Boys & Me's Courtney found a great kitchen solution that provides extra counter area and storage to boot.

8. Bring back happy school memories with cute lockers for the home.

My Creative Days

This bookshelf was the lone straggler from a yard sale at Lindsay's house, so she turned it into a great post for her blog, My Creative Days. By changing the perspective and flipping it on its side, she was able to fashion some clever and cute storage.


9. No closets? No problem ... if you've got a bookshelf handy!

Darling Stuff

Lack of closet space can be a huge issue, especially in older homes that were built before built-in closets became popular. A simple bookshelf can be the perfect space for hanging clothes, especially for children, while avoiding heavy or expensive armoires.

10. Use a slim bookshelf to add to tight spaces.

My Clever Nest

Forget pricey sofa tables. Instead, use an old book to create some behind-the-couch surface area like Alyssa from Clever Nest.

Finally, a linen closet doesn't have to be an actual closet, as Thalia Poulos of Organized Beautiful shows in this video.

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