A mini brick-built world in your bookshelf. A new way to discreetly display LEGO at home.
Opens quickly into a wide background for play.

Folding Book Nook

A book nook is a mini-world that sits in between books on your bookshelf. And who doesn’t love a miniature world?

I built this because I was looking for a way to display LEGO discreetly in my home. I love modulars but they take up way too much space. Space is always a problem for us LEGO fans, isn’t it?

The book nook is compact — and it’s a fun surprise for people to see in a bookshelf.

It’s a LEGO set that won’t get banished to the basement because it blends in rather than stands out.

The book nook is great for display, but also for play: open it up wide to use as scenery for dramatic play or in brickfilms and photography.

My book nook is based on a famous food alley in Tokyo: Omoide Yokocho. The charming lantern-filled and cherry blossom-lined alley is full of tiny yakitori stalls and other counter-serve restaurants.

It’s 8 studs wide, about 20 bricks tall, and 24 bricks long. It opens to 48 bricks wide.

It’s held together by a removable top that spans the book nook’s width and length. And a 1×2 door rail plate holds the base together.

Converting it from a book nook into a wide background as simple as removing it from the base and attaching it to the top.

I think every LEGO fan would love to have a portal into another world sitting on their bookshelf. After all, that’s what books do: transport us somewhere else!

Project Updates

Support beams

Added support beams to prevent the sides from bowing in when the top is removed.

Cherry blossoms

Changed the green leaves to pink and white to make them look like cherry blossoms.

Beer keg

This beer keg is attached via a 2×2 jumper plate so it can be easily removed.

‘Teru teru bozu’

It's a kind of charm to bring good weather. I wanted some decoration in the window but didn't want it to be food (like a pie). Still not convinced about this idea though. Maybe a cat would be better.

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