Book Furniture

Due to the glue that binds books along their spine, most paper recyclers will not take books for recycling unless the cover and glue is removed.

bed made of books
Bed of Books.

chair made from books
Bench of Thought (Banco del Pensamiento)
By Alvaro Tamarit,

chair made from books
Bench made of books in Berlin.
An indoor bench would probably hold up better.
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chair made of books
Book chairs by Jacqueline le Blue.
Recycled books and plywood.

table made of books
Book table (recycled books and plywood) €1150.
By Jacquline le Blue, also custom orders.

table made of books
Book bench by Jacqueline le Blue, €695.
Cut out most of the inside pages of the books and attach the bindings to plywood to make this a functional piece of furniture. Leave an inch of paper on the edges that will show.

chair made from books
Book chair by Jacqueline le Blue.

book chair
The Portrait Chair (recycled books, wood, steel) at Freeman Centennial School is made from classic and popular books. The seat of the chair is cut to expose a variety of print surface. The most avid readers from the library are celebrated by having their photograph taken in ‘The Chair’. By Mags Harries.

chair made of books
Book Chair at the Olive B. Day Elementary School is made from children’s books sandwiched together with the titles are visible. The most avid readers from the school are celebrated by having their photograph taken in the Chair. By Mags Harries.

book chair
Book chair by Richard Hutten.
Plexiglass covers the seat bottom.

book furniture
Rug made of Books.
Bibliophilism was created from discarded books, rescued from library dumpsters, estate sales and donations. These books had seemingly lost the purpose for which they were originally intended. By

book partition
Book Room Partition – Sweden
Hit Oktavilla – 2 videos show build process.

desk made from books
Desk made from books.
There are many such desks in libraries accross the world.

chair made from books
The Book Chair.
Artist unknown.

lamp made from books
Chandelier made from unwanted books.
Each page is folded in half, center is trimmed.

book art
Booklight by Ng Sek San.
Paint the books a unified color, or leave them au natural.

reuse of books
Book Stool.
This is a cardboard stool, printed to appear to be a stack of books.
It can hold up to 200kg. Or make one out of real books.

books as furniture
Old book spines glued to a box becomes hidden bookshelf storage.

clock made from books
Book Clock, $24.

Written by Keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. Keiren originally founded Inspiration Green in 2007, which merged with Insteading in 2016.


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  1. As a person who covets literature, it’s tragic to see books used to create furniture. If you’re done with your books, donate them to hospitals, senior citizen residential living libraries, or thrift shops.

  2. Hilary. I totally disagree. Many books have outdated information (non-fiction) and others may be missing pages, torn spines and other damage that renders them useless for reading but this shows that books still have value even beyond reading.

  3. not all books are timeless literature. accounting books whose methods are no longer in use, building codes out of date, textbooks whose graphics or lack of them make them so boring no one will open them, law books whose laws are extinct. these are just a ‘few good books’ which have outlived their time. another category are very useful titles, but they have been mishandled — rain, coffee, crayolas, highlighters, tears, gum, car tires, etc.

    I love this recycled use of books!

  4. We re-purpose books in this manner as well. Textbooks are quickly outdated and would end up as shred or in a landfill. Making something useful from them is not only logical, but the opposite of tragic. Of course, we don’t use First Editions or Rarities…

    Anyway, disregard those who don’t know any better…..these are AWESOME!

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