CSS Styling textarea to give a notebook/notepad look

Posted on Wednesday, December 14th 2011 / by Eric Potvin

Textarea are use in many sites for multiple purposes. Depending on what type of information your form has, here's a little trick to make them more attractive!

First, you will have find an image you like, or you can use this one:

Next, simply add this CSS code:

textarea {
 background: url(/download/notebook.png) repeat-y;
 width: 600px;
 height: 300px;
 font: normal 14px verdana;
 line-height: 25px;
 padding: 2px 10px;
 border: solid 1px #ddd;

The end result should look like this:


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posted annonymously
Eric Sunday, October 07th 2012

Nathan, I am sure there's a way to update the code to match what you need. I would recommend first to look at the CSS3 pattern @ http://lea.verou.me/css3patterns/#lined-paper first.

posted annonymously
Will Sunday, October 07th 2012

This looks great, thanks!

posted annonymously
Daniel Friday, March 23rd 2012

Thanks, great work!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 Wednesday, December 28th 2011

hey, this is great..thanks alot