Art Wall Alternative : How to Create a Book Wall

We have piles and piles of books at our house. Bookshelves are great, don’t get me wrong, but I have been itching for a new way to display our ever increasing book collection. And since I love the art wall idea so much, I decided a book wall would be an equally great solution. And the best part is, the books are still fully functional for reading. They can be taken down and put back up in just a few seconds.

If you already have the books and a few other very basic supplies, it won’t cost you a penny. *Book lovers: don’t worry. No books were harmed during the making of this project. So anyone can try it!

Materials: 1. Hardcover books 2. Velcro 3. Scissors 4. Level (optional)

How To: 1. Grab a handful of your favorite hardback books (yes- you’re going to want to use hardbacks. paperbacks don’t work as well). 2. Arrange them on the floor in various ways until you come up with a pattern that you like. 3. While keeping your books in their arrangement, individually cut and apply two strips of velcro to each book (use more if the book is especially heavy). One towards the top of the book and one towards the bottom, both horizontally. Each strip should be about one to two inches shorter than the width of your book. 4. Start at one end and move to the other, securing each book to the wall with the velcro strips, following the arrangement you created earlier on the floor. You can work from the middle out instead if you’d prefer. It doesn’t matter. A level might be a good tool to use as well if you have one. 5. Once everything is secure, you are done.

Now you can pull down a book and put it back up whenever you would like. And when you’re not reading, you have a colorful (and original) piece of wall art. Its a real conversation starter when you have company over.

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No problem. 🙂
-Brittni

papernstitch

Thank you very much Brittni

Dawn

Hey Dawn. I haven’t had any trouble with the covers staying closed at all (probably because of where I strategically placed the velcro). But if you do have trouble, I’d recommend just using a piece of double sided tape on the inside cover. That seems to work well. Good luck! 🙂
-Brittni

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I absolutely love this idea, but how does the cover stay closed when it is hung up?

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good question emily. i’m not sure if there is a way to get the books to adhere to the wall without using velcro. the books i used aren’t super light, so it was the only supply i could think of that would work.
-brittni

papernstitch

I love this! Is there any way to avoid “ruining” the back of a hardcover book with taped velcro? Thanks so much for the lovely idea.

Emily

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