Pinterest Is Obsessed with This Way to Store Cookbooks

published Feb 23, 2018
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It’s not the old sort-by-color trick. (Image credit: Carolyn Purnell)

Any time you have a lot of something, storage becomes difficult. And if these are things you probably use and/or want to put on display, it gets even tougher. Cookbooks are a perfect example. It’s not like you can stack them up in the corner of your dining room and call it a day. I mean, I guess you could, but doing so would make it incredibly annoying to access the book you want, which will almost inevitably always be the one all the way at the bottom. What if you don’t have a massive shelving unit or a beautiful, dedicated cookbook library like Ina?

We spent some time, recently, looking through Pinterest to see how people like to store their cookbooks. Aside from the old sort-by-color trick, there’s one dreamy way that appeared again and again.

(Image credit: Michelle Drewes)

The idea? Store your cookbooks, face-out, on picture ledges to create a cookbook wall gallery of sorts. Not only does this put your favorite books on display, but it also makes it easy to find what you need when you need it, and you can store quite a few books this way if you’re willing to double up your rows a bit.

This image above comes from a very store-like pantry, complete with a cookbook display, coffee station, and cubbies for wine bottles. Doesn’t it look just like you’re in a fancy kitchen boutique or cozy bookstore?

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(Image credit: Cheryl Sternman Rule)

And this one comes from Cheryl Sternman Rule, who rotates what’s on display based on what books she’s currently cooking out of (see all those sticky notes and tabs in the pages?). Sure makes it easy to find what you’re looking for!

All you need to pull off a library like this is a little bit of wall space (work floor-to-ceiling if you have to), which makes this a smart idea for small-space kitchens as well.

What do you think? Would you do this in your own kitchen?