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10 DIY Bookshelves

There are lots of ways to update your shelves so that you can put your books or cherished items on display. Here are some excellent DIY bookshelf ideas that will take minimal effort, included with resources to quickly get the supplies you need. They are simple to make, affordable, and will certainly add the unmistakable charm to your home that only DIY projects can.

1. Wooden Crate DIY Bookshelf

This simple wooden crate shelf is a great way to update your room on a budget. It has a beautiful design that will go great with rustic-looking bedrooms and homes. In spite of its aspect, though, it’s incredibly sturdy and can support several heavy books, so it’s not just for the thin paperbacks.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 10 minutes (with a 24-hour dry time)
Materials Needed:

2. Invisible Bookshelf

This invisible floating bookshelf is a magical way to impress your friends! It looks as if your books are floating on the wall, and it’s one of the better bookshelf ideas for small rooms. Luckily, it’s not only easy to make, but it’s also rather cheap, so it’s perfect if you’re on a tight budget.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 20 minutes
Materials Needed:

3. Honeycomb Popsicle Bookshelf

This fashionable honeycomb bookshelf is a clever idea to store smaller books and decor. It is worth the time to give your wall an updated look! This one will take some patience. While it’s not a challenging project, it’s certainly one that will require some careful maneuvering.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 3-4 hours
Materials Needed:

4. Cloud Bookshelf

It’s an idea that will blow you out of the sky! This is a wonderful DIY bookshelf from cardboard, but that doesn’t mean its structure is flimsy and feeble. It will look great in rooms with an industrial design or those who will be complimented by the natural dark beige color of the material. If not, you are always free to paint and decorate the shape to your liking.

Level of Difficulty: Medium
Duration: 16 hours
Materials Needed:

  • three 4’x 6′ cardboard pieces
  • cloud design
  • scissors
  • craft knife
  • gorilla glue
  • mounting hardware

5. Hanging Rope Shelves

If you want to learn how to make a bookshelf at home, it couldn’t get easier. All you need is some bit of creativity. This DIY bookshelf idea is a simple and straightforward way to use some old rope and plywood that you might have around. It’s a classic and fast method to provide yourself some more room. A major perk is that you are free to add your touch and personal style to the design. Watch this simple tutorial for more info!

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 15 minutes
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6. Ladder Bookshelf

The ladder bookshelf is all over the internet for a good reason! It’s perhaps not the easiest to make, but it can be an excellent addition to any room. Its coloring depends strictly on you, so you can decide how and where you wish to place it so it can have the most impact. With a little bit of effort, though, you can make this beautiful ladder shelf!

Level of Difficulty: Medium
Time needed: 4 hours
Materials needed:

  • two 1x6x8 wood pieces
  • one 1x6x6 wood piece
  • two 1x4x8 wood pieces
  • four 2x4x8 wood pieces
  • two sawhorse brackets
  • one 1/4″ brad nails
  • one 1/4″ wood screws
  • wood glue
  • wood stain
  • miter saw or have a local hardware store cut the wood for you
  • drill
  • nail gun or a hammer and some nails

6. Book Sling DIY Bookshelf

Fabric book slings are a great way to corral all the books, and it’s a perfect DIY kids bookshelf. There is no risk of the little ones hurting themselves should they reach for their favorite story and accidentally knock it down. It’s safe, on a budget, but it takes a bit of handiwork. Check out this easy no-sew tutorial if you want to create this excellent DIY bookshelf!

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Needed: 1 hour
Materials Needed:

7. LED Pipe Bookshelf

This innovative DIY bookshelf idea is a great way to upgrade a man cave! The supplies listed below are exactly what was used for the specific design in the video tutorial. Please keep in mind that your supply needs may change if you make a different pattern, but the concept remains the same. It will work wonderfully with modern and industrial-looking homes. The key aspect is clean and simple.

Level of Difficulty: Medium
Duration: 4 hours
Materials Needed:

  • 6 long metal pre-cut pipes
  • 4 short metal pre-cut pipes
  • 7 gaskets
  • 9 curved pipe connectors
  • 4 T-shaped pipe connectors
  • LED adhesive lights
  • wall mount materials

8. Cinder Block Bookshelf

Update this basic shelving concept with some paint and potted plants! It takes a classic DIY bookshelf idea and gives it a brand new look. The greatest advantages that you can pick and choose among the many bookshelf decorating ideas to personalize it to your own taste. You don’t need nails or hammering to find a new home for your books. All you need is time and patience, and you can use potted plants or flower beds that never truly found their place in y

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 6 hours
Materials Needed:

  • ten 8″ x 8″ x 16″ cinderblocks
  • five 1″ x 8″ 6′ long boards
  • 1 gallon primer
  • 1 gallon paint
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • wood stain
  • potted plants and flowers for decor

9. Magazine Rack Shelves

For a quick and easy way to get corner shelves on a budget, you can always hang some magazine racks on their sides. It’s an excellent way to fill those empty spaces. The good thing is that magazine racks already have a built in bookshelf themselves, so you can use the gap for extra storage. In addition, you are free to decorate and paint to your heart’s desire. If you also like to nicely decorate your books in a useful way, you can look at these 10 DIY bookmarks.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 20 minutes – 6 hours depending on whether or not you decide to paint
Materials Needed:

  • wooden magazine holders
  • measuring tape
  • drill
  • level
  • wall mounting materials
  • screwdriver
  • paint (optional)
  • paintbrush (optional)
  • mod podge (optional)

10. Floating Bookshelf

A classic way to get books on the wall is also one of the most simple designs. A DIY floating bookshelf offers utility and minimal design providing exactly what any avid reader needs. It’s not going to blow the minds of your guests with its intricate design, but it will serve as the perfect storage space for open display.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 20 minutes
Materials Needed:

There are so many innovative designs and options for you to choose from, and you don’t have to be a wizard at crafts. All it takes is patience and the right kind of supplies. For even more storage space, you can always check out some DIY cheap nightstands that will work wonderfully in every home. Are you ready to tackle one of these great DIY bookshelf ideas? Let us know what project you chose and how it turned out in the comments below!

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