I’m working on a Nursery design at the moment, and something I always consider for a kid’s space is a library display wall. As in any room, books can give a space a sense of the people who inhabit it. So I think of walls like this as rotating gallery installations that can reflect whatever a kid is into for years to come. They are a sure-fire way to make a design feel personal.
Library display walls are practical – a way for little ones to easily survey and access the books that appeal to them in their height range.
Because the shelves don’t require much depth, they are a great way to make use of a throwaway space, such as a wall behind a door.
Ledges like these can be store-bought, or custom-made to fit a space by someone with moderate skills and basic tools.
Below is the “Before” picture of the little anteroom entrance to my kids’ bedroom (off to the left). There is a closet door to the right, so all I could do here was put something inviting on the wall.Books it is! Four shelves up the length of the wall, spaced about 18″ apart, each just 2.5″ depth from the wall. My husband did this project in a few hours, including shopping for the wood and painting it white. (You can email me if you want the exact specs.)
If there hadn’t been a closet door-swing in the way, I would have installed one of these swing-arm sconces above the books – in a white powder-coat finish.
Rejuvenation’s Reed Sconce
I would love to do a library wall like this in my studio one day. I will surround myself with some of my most inspiring and beautiful coffee table books and vintage magazines.
The uncredited images in this post can be sourced via my PInterest page.