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Danika Ellis

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Danika spends most of her time talking about queer women books at the Lesbrary. Blog: The Lesbrary Twitter: @DanikaEllis

I don’t think of myself as a very cutesy person, but then I started looking at fairy gardens — especially bookish fairy gardens — and was overwhelmed with delight. There’s something about seeing an object I love in miniature that is impossible for me to resist. While researching the bookish side of fairy gardens, I stumbled on delicate, moss-covered fairy bookcases that instantly made me feel about 4 years old. They’re magical.

Dollhouse aficionados take it very seriously. They create intricate works of art on a tiny scale, in perfect realism (or fantastical whimsy). They spend almost as much on a piece of furniture that rest on two fingers as the full-sized version. It’s an art and a passion — something I’ve never attempted. Still, even if you aren’t a dollhouse or miniatures person, I think these tiny bookshelves are worth perusing.

There are a few options for buying a whole tableau in one kit, so you can have your own library, bookstore, or bookish living room in miniature without having to source every piece yourself. On the other hand, why not design your own custom library on a small scale? It’s definitely less expensive than renovating and buying full size bookcases!

Miniature Bookstores and Other Bookish Dollhouse Dioramas

Bookstore diorama

Have you always wanted to own a bookstore? Now you can! At least, on a 1:24 scale. This diorama kit will be fun to put together and display. It even has teeny LED lights! $45

Dollhouse bookstore

This is another dollhouse bookstore DIY kit. Check out the listing for all the incredible details! $85

Dollhouse living room with bookshelves

Or you can construct your own cozy reading nook! $77

Felt bookstore with mouse

Another craft project, this is a design for how to make your own felt bookstore! $13

Fairy Bookcases

Fairy bookcases

Delicate pieces of art like this are what first got me interested in miniature libraries! These little bookcases are decorated with moss and other tiny natural accessories. $68

Fairy bookcase and chair

This fairy bookcase comes in a set with a beautiful tiny chair. $55

miniature bookshelf with crystals

Finally, this bookshelf not only has wisps of moss to add some fairy magic, but also has mini crystals as decoration. $28

Classic Wooden Dollhouse Bookcases

miniature bookcase with scrolls

Moving into the more classic bookcases, this one includes scrolls, which adds a bit of magic. $63

Dollhouse bookcase with ladder

I absolutely love bookcases with ladders, so I had to include this dollhouse bookcase and ladder set! $105

Dollhouse bookcase cabinet

Speaking of bookcase ladders, I think this bookcase cabinet gets added gravitas from coming with a three-step ladder! $54

Hinged miniature library

This miniature library is hinged and looks like a book when closed! It’s perfect to sit on full-sized bookshelves! $55

Modern Dollhouse Bookcases

modular dollhouse bookshelves

Dollhouse libraries don’t have to have antique shelves, though! There are some more modern-looking bookcases also available, like this modular design. $13 for the set

modern low bookcase for dollhouses

Here’s another modern style: an irregular hexagonal dollhouse bookcase $16

staircase dollhouse bookcase

This bookcase doubles as a staircase! $59

dollhouse miniature bookshelf

Anyone else starting to stare longingly at these? I want this branch bookshelf on my wall (in full size)! $11

Miniature Stepladder Bookcase

I love how eye-catching this ladder bookcase is — and it comes with the little items on the shelves! $41

mid century deco dollhouse bookcase

There are almost as many options for furniture in miniature as in full size. This is a mid century deco dollhouse bookcase. $35

Nursery Dollhouse Bookcases

dollhouse bookcase

Here are a few dollhouses bookcases perfect for a miniature nursery. This one is a little meta for me: it’s a bookcase for a dollhouse that also is a dollhouse…for a dollhouse. $20 for the kit or $50 painted and assembled

picture book bookcase for dollhouse

These shelves are perfect for displaying miniature picture books. $10

miniature sheep bookcase

A miniature sheep bookshelf! $20–28

Accessories for Dollhouse Libraries

boat bookshelf for dollhouse

In addition to the sheep bookcase, there are a couple other unique bookcases available in miniature! This boat bookcase is great fit for a tiny pirate library. $85

coffin bookcase for dollhouses

This coffin bookcase is just a print and assemble paper design, but it’s a must for the bookish vampire in miniature. $3 for the download

dollhouse book table

A library is not made of bookcases alone. This book table will round out any dollhouse library. $123

dollhouse bookends

These tiny bookends are such a great detail to add a lived-in feel to a dollhouse library. $30