What Scale Are Book Nooks And What Exactly Are They?

What scale are book nooks typically designed for? Well, most book nooks cater to miniature accessories in scales of 1:12 or 1:24. However, it’s important to note that this isn’t a strict rule. You have the freedom to alter elements to craft a wholly imaginative scene or construct a book nook that mirrors reality.

I bet you wonder: what is she talking about again now: a ‘ book nook diorama ‘? What kind of animal is that?

Well, it is not an animal, but it has also everything to do with miniatures πŸ™‚

Let’s explain what it is and if you can eat it or not. A little tip: you can’t haha. But if you are a book-lover, I know that you like to make your reading nook as cozy as you can because it makes the reading experience even more fun, right?

Now you don’t have to worry anymore about where to put your miniatures, because they are specially made for your bookshelf! So they are even functional because this is a fun way to organize your books, per theme.

( In the meantime, I have written several reviews on this fantastic new trend) :

updated 03.03.24

What Is A Book Nook Dollhouse shelf insert?

A Book Nook diorama is basically a miniature version of something you can place on your bookshelf.

It creates a cozy atmosphere in your bookcase and it makes your collection of books look just that little bit different.

Now, you could buy a miniature Kit like the one from Robotime called ‘Sams’ Study’, which I wrote about here, or you could try to make one yourself, from scratch, or buy fantastic ones on Etsy or even Amazon.

In the second case, you can find ideas on Facebook (groups mainly), Youtube, and Pinterest, or you can just Google them.

If you want to support miniature artists, however, there are so many great artists on Etsy. And I will dive deeper into those soon and show you my favorite book nook artists on there!


Wich Kind Of Themes Do Book Nook Makers Use?

Very typical for book nooks diorama’s are fantasy scenes, from Harry Potter to ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ scenes, hobbit holes, or any other ‘magical’ scenes.

Of course, there are all kinds of alleys, which are my favorite honestly. I mean, look at this one for example, isn’t that like WOW?  Also, look at this fantastic video on Youtube:

Then there are wine cellars, Dracula, medieval scenes, lots of (fairy) gardens, and tatatataaa: libraries, of course πŸ˜‰

Just imagine passing a bookshelf full of these, you couldn’t stop yourself from watching now, would you?

It looks like the pioneer of book nooks was the Japanese artist Monde, who started to make them in 2018 and now still makes about 2 works per year. He has become an inspiration to book nook artists worldwide.

What scale are book nooks?


Book nooks exist on any kind of scale, but most of the book nook kits are on a scale of 1:24, like my Sakura Densya book nook.

The measurements are roughly the height and width of one or two books. The concept became very popular on Reddit, with the Book Nooks subreddit going from zero to 7,900 members in just two days.

sakura densya book nook kit rolife

My Top 12 Favorite book nook dioramas

Let me take you away on this path of amazing book nooks and my all-time favorites!

1. I believe this one is from a laser-cut book nook -kit.

book nook diorama

2. A Harry Potter scene between the books of Harry Potter stories ;-).

Harry Potter scene

The next one also has the Harry Potter theme and it is created by “Junesbooknooks“.

3. A Chinese alley.

book nook alley

4. I believe this one is from the same maker as number 3, but I can not find the artist’s name, no one mentions him or her.

my favorite book nook

5. A French and older alley. Lovely!

6. A pretty little terrace scene, stuck between books on the right and the side of the bookshelf.

7. Look what comes out of the walls! (maybe not get this when you have kids haha)

8. This reminds me of little fairy gardens, but then made for the size of books nooks.

9. A Sherlock Holmes scene, nice!

10. A little crime scene.


11. I made one myself from a book nook kit and here’s the video on my Youtube channel!

My book nook

12. Amongst the Magic Book Nooks is this laboratory.

Wow, this is fantastic, have a look at this laboratory from the mad scientist Dr Frankenstein!

More FAQs on Book nooks

In this section, I have answered some more FAQs on book nooks for you:

Why are book nooks so expensive?

Book nooks are handcrafted by artisans, so you pay for their time and expertise as well.

On the other hand, book nook kits can be a tad more expensive as well, because small businesses use a laser cutting machine and thus have their expenses to cover for their materials.

How to make your own book nook and can I make them to?

I am pretty convinced that you can also make your own book nook, you can follow the instructions and a walkthrough on how to make your own book nooks here.

What kind of glue is used for a book nook?

You can use regular wood glue for the book nook itself (fast drying), but my favorite glue of all time to work with miniatures, in general, has been grab-fast Tacky glue.

My Final Conclusion

So, of course, you can create your own book nooks diorama, but if you would like to cheer up your bookshelf a little bit faster, then keep an eye on my site, because I will write a separate article soon about my favorite book nook artists on Etsy!

Do you have any questions about this topic or would you like to give your opinion about it, just leave a comment below this article or join my newest Facebook group!

I wish you happy crafting and/or collecting!

Kind regards,


UPDATE: I now have some reviews ready from artists from Etsy on book nooks here!

AND I made one myself and LOOOOVE it!

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7 thoughts on “What Scale Are Book Nooks And What Exactly Are They?”

  1. I thought it was just called a model I never knew they were technically called book nook dioramas. My husband loves Harry Potter and now I think I know what his next few gifts will be! Also I love the idea of having on a fairy garden. How adorable! Oh my gosh, and the little crime scenes would be absolutely perfect around Halloween time! 

  2. These are adorable pieces of arts. They will make a big difference by adding colour and a lift to a collection of books on the shelf. The bookshelf can become transformed from redundancy into a corner that will be visited more frequently. It will be fun to create own “book nooks diorama” as this will make room for expressing one’s unique concepts and inspirations. Though creating owns arts may be time-consuming, the joy and satisfaction that comes with it justify the investment of time and resources. Debbie.

  3. Hello dear, wow what wonderful content you have here, thanks for sharing such amazing concise information with us all, I was actually doing some research online when I saw your post,  I really fancy your post about Nook Diorama, I believe after going through your review I’ve been enlightened, thanks for the info, I’ll surely do some recommendations

  4. Hi, I love your diorama photos; so many creative ideas! I am making a book nook based on Diagonal Alley. I’m using 1:24 scale (also called half scale). It means that 1/2” equals 1 foot. (There are 24 half inches in 1 foot). I believe that is what many book nooks are using.

    If you were using 1:12 scale, then 1” equals 1 foot. (There are 12 inches in a foot). However, that would mean a 6 foot door would be 6” tall in a model. The entire 9” book nook would be only one story tall.

    Scale is confusing and sellers of miniature goods sometimes mix up 1:12 and 1:24 scale, which is easy to do, and name them by various labels. I have learned to read carefully to get the size I need. Here’s hoping this helps, Sara

  5. Thank you very much for this information, in particular the youtube video. I went looking on etsy for one of these to liven up my book shelves and was amazed by how much they cost. Seems cheap considering the time and skill involved now though.
    They have made me want to try and make something very small for the first time so although I dare not try anything to detailed this has given me some ideas about where to start.

    • Hi Charlotte,
      Oh yes totally, people are amazed about how much things in the miniature world cost,but tend to forget the hours that one puts in them, I’m happy that you realize this now thanks πŸ™‚
      I wish you much luck with your miniature journey, you will be addicted in no time for sure haha !
      Kind regards,


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