Bookshelves have been a common fixture in classical homes. As new generations came, it became clear that their role was almost extinct. Books gathered dust, and spaces, where books should have been, are replaced with useless stuff. In recent years, however, we have seen the rise of bookshelves again, with the advancement of interior design. The organization of your bookshelf is key in cultivating a reading culture once more.

Here are a few tried and tested tips to arrange your booksh


Place the heavier volumes on the bottom shelves. This reduces the weight that pulls the shelf down thus elongating its shelf life.

Bookshelves should not be too busy in one area and not in another. Balance out your items. Don’t have tomes and volumes on the right and small novels on the left; it is a good arrangement but then dissuades readers from looking at the right, or the left. Avoid profiling bookshelves.

Set your beloved books near the sitting area, or close to eye level. This way, reaching out for your favorite will not be such a piece of work.


Take some time to completely empty your bookshelf then rearrange it. You might notice that your tastes have changed since the last time you arranged it, and the likelihood of reading some of those books again is minimal. You could donate those that you don’t need.

You might also find a book that would interest you, but got forgotten in the recesses of time and space. Declutter every three to six months if you are an average reader.

Order and Group

While this strategy may not work for all bookshelf owners, it does for others. Whether ordered alphabetically or grouped by genre, regular readers will find that it’s easier to reach for their next book on the list than if they were displayed haphazardly. Only, do not arrange by size; just let the bigger books stay on the bottom shelves.

Organization by color also brings an aesthetic value to your bookshelf. However, most readers will not even care which color their favorite book is. Visit for more inspiring ideas