MINIALLEY Medieval Assembled and Painted Booknook, Bookshelf Insert, Bookshelf Alley, Book Nook, Wooden Diorama, Dollhouse

(6 customer reviews)


Product details

Material Wood
Mounting Type Insert
Room Type Study Room Bedroom
Shelf Type Wood
Product Dimensions 9″D x 4″W x 10″H
Shape Rectangular
SKU: B09LTRQ56D Category:


Product Description

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The MINIALLEY is a family of diorama bookshelf inserts (also called booknook) that is handcrafted in Philadelphia, USA. These bookshelf inserts will tuck neatly between books on your bookshelf. Our MINIALLEY booknooks are fully assembled high quality, custom handmade bookshelf inserts that capture various cozy alleyways themes. One can imagine themselves strolling through this very alley during a breezy summer night, checking out different restaurants for dinner, playing with a little sleepy cat on the street, or enjoying the scent of blooming flowers. We aim to create a lifelike diorama with each order, painstakingly and lovingly built by each of our expert craftsmen. Utilizing high-grade laser cutting and 3D printing technologies, we have successfully developed a process in which every component is created with exacting accuracy, all the while burnished with an artisan’s touch. Each miniAlley requires extensive fabrication, hand painting, expert assembly, and several layers of polishing to create high-quality products for our clients. Treat yourself, your friends, and your family with this special gift.


Medieval flower


Stunning Realistic Artwork

You will be amazed at how realistic this diorama is. We paid attention to every little details to make this MiniAlley as lifelike as possible. Countless time was spent to perfect the design of every objects, from the flower box to the lantern, the door, the balcony and everything else.

High Quality Artwork

MiniAlley is not just a lifelong lasting artwork but also a masterpiece of craftsmanship. It is made it out of high quality wood with beautiful finishes. Our expert craftsmen spent many hours to painstakingly build each unit with their hands. This is not a typical mass produced plastic product. It is a handmade artwork that is made with love and sweat.

Handcrafted in USA

MiniAlley is proudly made in USA. We take pride in the high quality of the products we create.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the alley look so deep?

It is an optical illusion that was created by placing a mirror at an angle. It is very magical. Customers has described it as a portal effect.

What powers the miniAlley?

It use four AA batteries. Simply put the batteries in and turn on the switch. Batteries are not included with the purchase.


  • Size: 9.5″H x 3.5″W x 8″D .
  • Weight: 2lb
  • Uses 4 AA batteries. Batteries are not included.
  • Material: Wood

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 4 × 10 in


Mounting Type


Room Type

Study Room Bedroom

Shelf Type






Assembly Required


Model Name


Product Dimensions

9 x 4 x 10 inches, 9D x 4W x 10H

Item Weight

2 Pounds



Country of Origin


Item model number


Date First Available

November 17 2021



6 reviews for MINIALLEY Medieval Assembled and Painted Booknook, Bookshelf Insert, Bookshelf Alley, Book Nook, Wooden Diorama, Dollhouse

  1. nancy

    Absolutely wonderful!!!I bought a bunch of these for gifts (will have to return one because I got a bit carried away). Very well made. Don’t be fooled by the cheap knock offs, these are the original bookcase alley and are well worth it!

  2. Maya

    Expensive, but beautiful, handmade, and definitely a highlight on any bookshelfI’ve seen these booknooks on social media and have always wanted one – thankfully, a few months ago, I was able to try one! The japanese alley, from the company that produces this medieval model. The booknooks are handmade and the company is small; they mainly sell only minialleys. The japanese was one of the first they offered on Amazon, from what I remember when I ordered it. I was nervous that maybe this model might feel shoddier or more manufactured now that it’s been several months since they started selling more and more on Amazon – but I shouldn’t have worried! MiniAlley continues to make fabulous pieces!As for this piece; the layout is similar to many of their other alleys, but it still feels distinctly different. It has a lovely hanging sign, the décor is reminiscent of medieval times, and it has a wonderful light that is orange and warm. The light is not overly bright but still feels comforting in a dimly lit room. I love turning it on at night or early in the morning when the sun is setting/rising. It’s easy to place the batteries inside and get this piece going!One thing to note – there are a few small pieces included in a small bag. I think they probably had these on the side due to the risk of them getting knocked loose during shipping, because the small pieces on my japanese alley had arrived glued. You can either place the pieces loose inside the nook or glue where you want them. Personally, I kind of like this – it makes it easier to add a personal touch.The only negative is that this nook is expensive at over $200 at time of review. However, for a niche and beautiful handmade item like this, the price is reasonable.I highly recommend this!

  3. LWT50

    Such a fun book nookThis looks fantastic. There are a few spare parts you can apply so there is a little assembly. It runs on batteries for the light. Slide this between a few hard bound fantasy books and it looks like a little medieval alley.

  4. STG

    Clever 3-D Art with Depth and DetailI will admit at the start that I was a bit skeptical regarding the ability of this diorama to suspend disbelief enough to be effective, but I was very wrong.Once it is installed in a typical bookshelf at eye level and the built-in LED lighting is illuminated, people who walk by are immediately captivated and stop and stare at it, drinking in the details.A very clever concept, the scene is brought to life by finely detailed woodwork and accented by a number of included accessory objects. The illusion is completed by the use of an angled mirror at the end of the “walkway” that lends considerable depth to the diorama and enhances the scene to great effect.Unfortunately, due to some obvious mishandling during shipping, the mirror in my sample was scratched in a number of places and diminished the illusion. I contacted the company through their website and received an immediate reply stating that a replacement mirror was on its way and giving detailed instructions for replacing it.It arrived a few days later and replacing it was a simple matter. Between the original build quality and detail and the company’s superior response to a problem that wasn’t caused by them in the first place, I have to rate this experience with five stars to be sure.This diorama is a clever idea, made and assembled with care and with excellent customer service. I’m very pleased with the whole experience.

  5. OutlawPoet

    So much love!!!Okay, I know it says it in the description, but if you’re like me and have been wanting one for a bit, I want to repeat. This comes FULLY assembled. You only need to put batteries in and it comes with a few mini accessories to set your scene. But NO ASSEMBLY is required.This is well made and looks completely gorgeous and impressive on your bookcase. Especially when it’s lit up, it gives such an air of mystery and wonder.The first thing you’ll notice when you unpack this is the wonderful smell of wood. While that scent will fade over time, it’s an immediate reminder that this isn’t shoddily or cheaply put together. And once you put the batteries in the top and flip the switch? Pure magic!I absolutely love this and would love a few more to round out my bookcases.Perfect!

  6. Osprey

    Very very coolThis is a very cool bookshelf decoration. Quality is excellent and it creates a really magical look to a bookshelf. The mirrored back makes it look like it extends far further than it does.

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