When I installed these floating bookshelves in my family room years ago, they were white. In fact, they are just simple shelves from IKEA. I have since given them a makeover with some reclaimed wood. Regardless of what the shelves look like, the problem remains the same. How could I keep the books on each end from falling over? I didn't want the bookends to show. I needed to come up with a way to have invisible bookends. My solution is inexpensive and doesn't require you to glue, use power tools, or make any mess at all!
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Floating shelves are beautiful! But the downside is, that unlike a bookshelf, there are no end caps or sides so the books will have a hard time from toppling over. So how do you keep your book collection from falling? This tip is a great way to prevent that!
I bought these simple metal bookends from Amazon. They come in a pair and are nice and heavy duty. They work for every book depth and have rounded edges so they don't damage your book.
Now even though they were simple and white, I didn't want to see the bookends so for every book that is the last book on the end of the shelf, I open the book and slide it onto the bookend. So the bookend is inside of my book like a bookmark.
The have a grippy material on the bottom to keep them from slipping which is great if your shelves have a smooth surface. It works best with having a hardback book on the end, but I have used this trick for paperback as well. After you slide the book on, place books next to it (on top of the bottom part of the bookend) and you are good to go! The l-shaped design makes them strong enough to keep heavy books upright. Wasn't that easy? And no books were harmed in the process.
I think learning this book stopper trick is a great excuse for you to go and buy more books :)
If you do want to use traditional bookends, that is awesome too. I have made some DIY projects where I made decorative bookends (wooden bookends, and even a concrete bookend). Making creative bookends would have been fun, but with this many shelves, I worried it would look too busy with decorative ones. I like the hidden bookends much better in this case.
Now I am curious always curious how other book lovers organize their books. In the past when my family room was more colorful, I organized them like a rainbow. My kids thought it was so much fun! I admit I had to buy a few random books at the thrift store so I could have more purple and orange. Would you ever sort your books by color or would that drive you crazy? Do you categorize them by title? By author? By category and then by author?
They system we have now, it there is a kid side and an adult side. Then I organize them by category. Since we don't have THAT many books on these particular shelves, I felt like going beyond that would be overkill. It is pretty easy to scan the books and find what you want.
These simple bookends are inexpensive, easy to use, and hold the weight of the books so they don't topple over. They work for all book dimensions and fit nicely inside the end book. They would also make the perfect gift for the book lover in your life!
What are your favorite books? I'd love to know what you are reading right now too! I'm always looking for new novels to read :)
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