All of us know that true book lovers love to be surrounded by books. But sometimes, when money is tight and you can’t buy more books, or you’ve run out of shelf-space, or your apartment is small, or your roommates are seriously weird and don’t let you keep books anywhere but in your room… well, if any of that is true, you still need to figure out a way to have books around you in some form or another. So here at Read It Forward, we’ve gathered some of the best DIY or buy decor for your enthusiastically bookish personal space:
Ever read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath? So a. this is what a bell jar is (don’t worry, we didn’t know exactly what it meant either) and b. this is a bell jar full of books. Oh, and c. this is one of the best things we’ve ever seen and it’s a great place to keep your TBR pile safe. (Source: domythicbliss)
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If you’ve got a green thumb (or any other finger, for that matter, because why are thumbs the only ones allowed to be green?) this is definitely for you. Yes, it requires some book slaughter, BUT, you can either use a book you hate (it does happen), OR a book you have two copies of because a well-meaning friend or relative bought you something you already had for your birthday. (Source: makezine)
These pillows of classic books are almost (almost) as good as having the books themselves in your room. And they’re not too expensive, either! Super cozy for any bookworm worth her salt. (Source: Gadget Flow)
This is taking the coffee-table book to a whole new level, and we like it. Slab of glass, a bunch of sturdy books, and you’ve got yourself one smashing table (see what we did there? No, but actually, don’t smash the glass, that’d be bad). It might be tricky to get all the legs to be the same height, but aren’t you up for a challenge? (Source: bookriot)
You may have seen this lightswitch floating around the internet, and there’s good reason for that: we’re all obsessed by how cool it is and we’re all just a little too lazy to make it for ourselves. But that doesn’t mean we can’t! We should! We’re going to do it right now. How about you? (Source: homedit)
This is one of the most beautiful lamps we’ve ever seen, and if you decide to make it and then don’t actually want to use it, let’s just say we’d be happy to take it off your hands… Check out the instructions on how to make this amazing lamp for yourself here.
The only clock that really matters. It’s also always accurate. Remember how you had to change the clocks back an hour at the beginning of this month? Yeah. You’ll never ever have to do that with this one. (Source: Cafe Press)
This is ambitious, but it’s the kind of project that’s so worth the effort. Basically, you get a dictionary, you rip it apart, and you turn it into wallpaper. Sure, there may be a few more steps than that (did you know there was such a thing wallpaper adhesive and wallpaper lining?) but that’s the general idea, and the point is, it’ll enhance any room. (Source: apartment therapy)
Another DIY project, this lamp is another one that we worship because it’s just so incredibly beautiful. A little easier to make (glue and paper, no screws or nails needed!) and also pretty cheap, switch out your lampshade for this baby right here, and you’ll have our undying admiration. (Source: themarimakes)
“Hi there, it’s the most awesome telephone in the world speaking.”
“I was hoping you would call! Where can I find you?”
“I’m not quite sure where I am, honestly…”
We don’t know where we can find this or buy this or how to make this, but we do know that it’s incredible, and that if any of you know how or where this is available, you should totally leave us a comment below. (Source: Book Riot)
The perfect wallpaper for anyone who loves the classics, and specifically those amazingly comfy Penguin paperback editions. There’s something so classic and cozy about them, that it just makes sense to want those titles looking down on you. (Source: Osborne and Little)
A pencil and pen holder for the writers and readers among us. This is actually a really cool way that a woman who makes lampshades out of circles she cuts out of pages uses the leftover pages! Seriously good upcycling going on here. (Source: the 3 Rs blog)
What is this? It’s an iPhone charger. Yup. Plug straight into The Great Gatsby and Jay, Nick, and Daisy will make their drama turn into electrons that’ll turn into electricity that’ll charge that phone right up (that’s definitely how it works, right?). (Source: Etsy)
A lovely little pages mobile for your little one… Oh, who are we kidding, we want one for ourselves too, because we love children’s books and illustrated books and mobiles are just so pretty, especially in a room that doesn’t have enough books in it. (Source: Etsy)
Do you have any bookish decor in your home? Tell us about it below, or (even better!), take a picture and post it in the comments section!