How to Hide Book Shelves


Without a bookcase, our books would simply live on the floor, cluttering up the room. Unfortunately, the very item that saves us from that cluttered fate can also become cluttered, because bookshelves can turn into a receptacle for all the items we can't find a place for. If your bookshelves are becoming a jumble or you just can't stand the look of them anymore, you can hide them instead of getting rid of them.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Tacks or nails
  • Curtain rod (optional)
  • Doors or shutters
  • Paint or stain
  • Hinges
  • Screws
  • Drill


  • Purchase some fabric you like and turn it into a curtain for your bookcase. If you already have a flat sheet in a color or pattern you prefer, or even a set of curtains you aren't using, use them instead and save yourself some money.

  • Hem the fabric if it needs it to make the edges neat.

  • Measure the bookcase from the top edge to the floor and cut your fabric accordingly. At this time, you will need to decide if you want one curtain covering the bookcase or two or more, if the bookcase is very large, that you can part as needed.

  • Use heavy duty tacks or small finishing nails and pin the fabric to the top of the book case. This will keep you from having to install a curtain rod, which can look cumbersome on a bookcase. However, if you prefer the look or usefulness of a rod, go ahead and install one and place the curtain on it.


  • Find a set of cabinet doors, shutters or another item you could turn into a door.

  • Paint or stain the doors to match your bookcase or your decor.

  • Purchase hinges that are heavy duty enough to hold the doors to your bookcase.

  • Screw the hinges into the door using a drill or power screwdriver and then screw the other side of the hinge onto the bookcase so that it opens the way you want. Some people like them to open horizontally and others like them to open vertically.

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