Looking for pretty books that you can decorate with? Save a ton of money with this Dollar Tree Hack! This is the best way to get a bunch of beautiful hardcover books for your home decor on a budget.
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Are you an avid book reader? Or are you more of a TikTok swiper?
True confessions – I’m more of a TikTok person. I’ve never really been into reading as a hobby. While I do enjoy reading some non-fiction books that help me learn something, I don’t have a library full of books. To be honest, most of the books I read are digital on my Kindle.
But, when it comes to decorating my home, I love books! Especially pretty, neutral hardcover books.
Books For Home Decor
Books can add a ton of interest to your home decor. I use them just about everywhere.
Not only do the pretty hardcovers add color and texture to your decor, but books also can be used to add height to vignettes and displays throughout your home. They are so useful to have as part of your home decor collection.
I’m sure you’ve seen books that are specifically made to be beautiful as home decor.
So while it’s nice to have a few of these here and there, it’s also good to have some other “filler books” to use as decor.
What Are Filler Books
Filler books is a term I like to use for hardcover books that you don’t really care about the contents of. Instead, you just use them for their looks.
Filler books are a much more budget-friendly way to decorate your home with books.
You can use books that you already have for decorating. But what if you don’t already have a collection of books to use? Maybe you don’t have very many pretty hardcover books. Or maybe you just don’t want to use your favorite book as a prop to add height to your decor.
If you are looking for cheap books to use just as decor, I’ve got a great budget-friendly solution.
How to Find Pretty Books for Home Decor – Dollar Tree Hack
The best place to buy cheap filler books is actually the Dollar Tree. My local Dollar Tree store has a whole section of hardcover books. And every single one is only $1!
All of the books have dust jackets, but if you remove the jacket you’ll reveal some pretty covers! Perfect to use for decorating.
I grabbed a cart and spent some time digging through the shelves of books and lifting the dust jackets to see what color covers were underneath. I tried to find books that were either black, gray, white, blue, or neutral tan.
I ended up finding about 20 books that I liked. And it only cost me $20 total! Once I got them home, I removed and got rid of all the dust jackets.
Look at all these beautiful books!
How to Decorate With Books
You can use books as decor in so many different areas of your home. Line them up next to one another or stack them on top of each other. Having some books vertical and others horizontal adds interest to your decor.
And, like I mentioned before, stacking books allows you to add height and elevate other decor pieces.
You can position books with the spines facing out showing the book title.
Or if you flip them around, you can position them with the pages facing out. This creates a more neutral, streamlined look.
I mostly prefer flipping the books so the pages are facing out when I’m styling filler books. It allows me to show the neutral pages and the subtle color of the hardcover without any distracting titles.
Especially if the title is something random. For example, I have a book called “Al Roker’s Big Bad Book of Barbeque” and it’s such an odd book to have, but the cover color is pretty!
Here are a few different ways that I’ve styled books throughout my home.
Now go out to your Dollar Tree and grab some pretty books for your home!