Posted by Karly from Bookieboo Box

My son Ellis is almost 9 months old, and has started to really show an interest in books lately. Thankfully (owning a book store) I have a lot of books – but it’s starting to show! We have books everywhere. In the bedroom, on the floor, in the lounge room. I have a stash in my drawers, and one in the nappy bag. I’ve found books in the car and even one next to the toilet… after that I realised I needed to create an area for Ellis to not only store his books, but also a nice little spot for him to enjoy them.

Just one problem… we’re selling our house in the next few months and don’t want to put any shelving up! So I decided to create a really simple book nook for Ellis without using any shelving. Bonus – he can access all his books independently! 

Step 1 : Finding a spot for the book nook

We have a pretty small house, so unfortunately aren’t lucky enough to have a separate playroom or play area, SO the book nook will definitely be in Ellis’ bedroom. We started by removing some toys that he has grown out of, and then rearranged a few pieces of furniture. Now we have an empty corner to work with!  

Step 2: Creating a foundation for the book nook

After quite a lot of Pinterest-ing, I initially decided to get some kind of hanging canopy to jazz up the empty corner. I’m always on the hunt for a bargain, and while I didn’t see any canopies, I ended up finding this white play tent second-hand on Facebook Marketplace for only $30 – #winning! I like the way this play tent fills the space, but I think down the track once we move to our new house, I’d still like to swap the play tent for a canopy hanging from the ceiling as I just love how magical those look.      

Step 3: Book storage

My ideal vision for a book nook would include lots of low, accessible shelving, so it was important that Ellis still be able to independently access and explore his books even without having any bookshelves. I also wanted the books to look neat and tidy, and easy to put away.  I decided that baskets were the way to go! I used two main baskets for books – a plant holder basket from Kmart, and a wooden crate from IKEA. I then also decided to add an extra small basket from Ikea to store buggy books and other soft books. 

Step 4: Putting it all together

Time to enjoy! We revealed the book nook to Ellis and he was so excited. We popped him down and he immediately grabbed a book out of the basket, crawled into his tent and started reading! Where did my baby go!?

Cue the waterworks from me when I walked in later to see Ellis and my husband sharing a beautiful story time moment. Our next step is to add some battery-operated fairy lights to the inside of the play tent for a little extra bedtime story magic.

Other options

So what if you don’t have space for a play tent, or are looking for a more portable solution? Try a rolling book nook! This trolley is from IKEA (I’ve seen similar at Kmart and Officeworks), and it’s perfect for a portable, accessible book nook! You can even add some toys or craft materials to create a portable entertainment station.  

I hope I’ve inspired you to create your very own book nook! I’d love to see what you create – head over to my Instagram account @bookieboobox to share! Check our www.bookieboo.com.au if you’re on the hunt for some great books.

xx Karly

About the author

Karly is a mother and book enthusiast from Brisbane, Australia. Through her business, Bookieboo, Karly shares her passion for children's books through customised book boxes and the most amazing only store full of beautifully curated children's books and resources! Visit Bookieboo Here!

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