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How to Find Pretty Books for Home Decor – Dollar Tree Hack

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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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How to Find Pretty Books for Home Decor - Dollar Tree Hack

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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. 

Books like Homebody, Abode, and Sunday Suppers are beautiful as home decor and also have useful content inside of them. But they also cost a lot of money – like $30 each! 

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. 

three hardcover books with plain covers in black blue and white on a table

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!

shelves of hardcover books at the dollar tree
shelves of hardcover books at the dollar tree

All of the books have dust jackets, but if you remove the jacket you’ll reveal some pretty covers! Perfect to use for decorating. 

a hardcover book on the shelf at dollar tree with a dust jacket
a hardcover book on the shelf at dollar tree with the dust jacket removed

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. 

a single book at the dollar tree with a dust jacket still on
black hardcover book from the dollar tree that can be used as a budget home decor book

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. 

four neutral hardcover books on a white table stacked together

Look at all these beautiful books!

three neutral hardcover pretty books for home decor stacked together

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. 

neutral decorative books on gray shelves with other home decor interspersed

And, like I mentioned before, stacking books allows you to add height and elevate other decor pieces. 

two home decor books stacked with a decorative box on top

You can position books with the spines facing out showing the book title. 

neutral home decor books stacked with a decorative pumpkin on top

Or if you flip them around, you can position them with the pages facing out. This creates a more neutral, streamlined look. 

two neutral books for home decor underneath a vase giving it height

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. 

three neutral hardcover pretty books for home decor stacked together

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. 

home decor books stacked on nightstand with gold decorative object
gray shelves with home decor throughout and lots of decorative books
home decor books with vase and ceramic house on top
books inside of a woven basket tray on a living room ottoman with home decor
floating shelves decorated in living room with home decor books on the shelf elevating a vase
neutral home decor books stack on media center

Now go out to your Dollar Tree and grab some pretty books for your home! 

shelves of hardcover books at the dollar tree
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3 Comments

  1. Cristina Uptmore says:

    Fantastic idea! And the examples you provided show how well this works! I am an avid Dollar Tree shopper and I always pass the books unless I’m getting a gift for someone. LOVE this and will be doing it for my new home!

    1. Hey Cristina! Thanks so much, I’m so glad it was helpful. Yes!! I always passed them up before too and then I realized they were nice hardcover books in there. Yay for a new home! Have a great week!

      >> Christene

  2. Emma sivewright says:

    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.

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