Recycled Book Furniture
It’s a trend that is gaining popularity – building furniture out of old hardcover books. These unwanted books are in surplus and cant always be recycled because of the glues used to assemble them. It shouldn’t be difficult to track down lots of old books for just pennies each. Once you’ve collected enough books you can start imagining your own creative ways to make them into unique and functional furniture!
Some of Our Favorites
The Floating, Invisible Book-Shelf
This is truly a clever way to organize your books, cds and movies, or you can just use it as decorative shelving!
The Full Book-Shelf
Books can be stacked and fixed together in multiple different ways. Here, they are vertically braced to create a bookshelf.
Book Tables & Chairs
We love this idea. Books are stacked to create spiral shapes. I’m sure you can imagine some other ways to implement spiral stacking!
The possibilities are endless! Furniture such as tables, desks, shelves, chairs, stools, play-hutches for children, you name it! Whatever you can imagine can probably be constructed with old books by themselves, or in combination with other materials.
Some Tips to Get You Started
Most book furniture is sturdy enough using just glue alone. When a book’s pages have been completely glued together, it becomes very solid – a great building block!
The easiest way to use books is by simply gluing their pages together and stacking them short-ways to make legs or vertical structures. Stacking books this way will require a lot of books but little effort beyond gluing. You can also get creative and turn the books to make spiral shapes as you stack them!
Standing books upright will require a bit more work, but less books. You can fix books together by placing a small brace of wood or cardboard that goes through the center of each book before gluing the books together (IE: Glue the brace right between the center pages of each book). Remember, you can use a cutting knife to cut out a ‘space’ in the inner pages of each book, for the brace to slide into (so the books will still close flat).
You can also assemble books into a solid unit by layering them (inserting one book into the other by cutting out pages to allow them to close tightly and still interconnect). Again, glue will usually suffice to hold books together, but if you’re questioning the structural integrity, you can drill holes and screw the entire book (or books) together (just be sure to hold the pages down tightly as you screw, because they will try to pull up).
Some books have really fun titles. You could try creating a conversation piece just by choosing books with strange or unique text on the spine or cover.
For a modern twist, try painting all of the books a solid color (white, red, black…) Or, you could try alternating colors!