DIY Book Shelf


diy book shelf

Read on to see how I made these Playroom Book Shelves for under $10!!

In our last playroom, I had the husband put together these Rain Gutter Book Shelfs for the kids.


I really loved them for a few years but after a while they had taken a beating and they are always so overstuffed with books that they are busting at the seams! So we decided to leave them behind. Besides, it gave me an excuse to create my own DIY Book Shelf!

We have a Pottery Barn Picture Ledge (that I wish I hadn’t blown my money on years ago) that I’ve heard you can knockoff for $10. Now that we make a lot of wood projects, I can’t believe how ridiculous it is that we spent money on something like this. Sigh.

diy book shelf

I decided something similiar would be perfect! So here’s what I did.

What you’ll need:

TWO 1 x 4 x 8 boards

ONE 1 x 3 x 8 board

1 & 1/4 in screws



*See pic below*

1. Cut all the wood in half (4 ft pieces)…then SAND.

2. Separate 2 wide pieces with 1 narrow piece so you have the parts for each shelf together

3.Lay the 2 wide pieces of wood together by overlapping one piece. This piece will now stick out further than the other and this will become the bottom of your shelf. Clamp them together.

4. Drill holes in place so you don’t split your wood when you put the screws in. Then I used 1 1/4 inch screws to secure them together. You will be drilling through the “back piece”.




Now it’s time to add the small wood piece to the front. You can use the same method as above and screw the front to the bottom piece but the screw will show in the front. So we used a Kreg Jig underneath the bottom piece so that we could hide the screws.

*See pic below*

5.Using a Kreg Jig, make 3 holes across the bottom piece. They will be going in facing where your front piece will attach. You are basically just making a hole in the bottom piece so that the screw will go into the front piece without shoing in the front. I hope that makes sense.

6.Clamp the small front piece of wood to the bottom piece and use a small amount of wood glue.

7.Put them together, drill holes and screw tight.


When you’re done, you will have a small front piece, the back will be a little taller and the widest piece will be the bottom piece.

 diy book shelf

Next, I gave it a gorgeous staining with Minwax Dark Walnut stain  (the only stain I ever use) and hung the beauties up! We love them!

diy book shelf

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