Creative DIY Bookshelves

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If you are like me, you are always looking for a way to give your decor a little twist… Nothing crazy, but making DIY projects that are just a little unique creates a home with personality and style. These creative DIY bookshelves do double duty – they offer you much needed storage and display space, and add a touch of whimsical style. Oh, and most of them are easy beginner projects! Which one is your fav?




Creative DIY Bookshelves

DIY Bookshelves – Wall

From ‘Fresh Mommy Blog‘, learn how they made this charming ladder DIY bookshelves project, with step by step photos and a before and after of them using it in their home… This is cool!

DIY ladder booshelf


This recycled leather and wood shelf from ‘Design Sponge‘ is amazing and sophisticated . Step by step instructions and plenty of photos!



DIY Bookshelves – Cabinet

Get free plans and materials list for these 6 cube DIY bookshelves from ‘Ana White‘. This book case is designed to fit standard fabric storage cubes.


DIY Bookshelves – Kids Spaces

Wonderful Joy Ahead‘ created these easy spice rack DIY bookshelves from Ikea wood spice racks. They have complete instructions on how to hang them as well. What a great way to take advantage of wasted space in a small home, such as behind doors!



Honey and Fitz brought us a great idea from a new store in Raleigh called Furbish Studio… we love this  rope DIY bookshelf idea… simply drill holes, measure equal distances between shelves and knot the rope just below the hole! Love this!



This DIY book sling tutorial for kids rooms is wonderful, soft, easy for them to get things in and out of, and charming… ‘Penny Carnival’ has a complete tutorial as well as links to other bloggers book slings, including this one below from Melanie at OhDeeDoe.



On the Banks of Squaw Creek‘ took the Ikea spice racks idea a step farther, and this is such a space saver! She took a second hand dresser, and attached the bookshelves (formerly the spice racks!) to the sides of the dresser, then painted the whole dresser to match. Find out how she made this children’s bookshelf / storage dresser!



Home Stories A to Z‘ brings us this great idea of making a rain gutter DIY bookshelf out of inexpensive plastic gutter material from the home improvement store. If you have a kids room that just doesn’t have any more floor space, this is a great idea! And wow! So cute over the beadboard (wallpaper!)!



More DIY Bookshelf Ideas

Designer ‘Amy Hunting‘ came up with Blockshelf, this eco friendly design created from wood scraps and rope… This seems like it would be easier DIY bookshelves than the last rope project to me, because it would be easier to create an equal distance between shelves with the static wood blocks. Again, stack all the blocks between shelves until you have the arrangement that works, then remove and drill holes through all the blocks. (Be sure to keep track of which pile of blocks goes where if they are different widths. String through rope, then tie a Fisherman knot below the bottom board.



I found these wine bottle shelves on Pinterest, and fell in LOVE with them, mostly because of the color of the bottle, but try as I might, found no instructions for them! Luckily, I happened across another site, ‘Zero Waste Designs‘  had created a similar shelving system called Ten Green Modular Shelving with all the instructions. So, this first pic is my inspiration, the second one is their creation!




Build your own corner DIY bookshelves with ‘Remodelaholic”s step by step plans and tutorial! What a great piece of furniture for your home!



Taylor Hamilton is an artist who created this …and while he doesn’t give step by steps fro this bookshelf, you may find out enough from his blog to be able to put it together. I especially like how he used wheels as bookends!



And in case you needed a little more inspiration, this is from Pinterest! You can store books in almost anything!

diy creative bookshelves

We LOVE books, so these creative DIY Bookshelves were just up our alley! We think you will want to check out our post on DIY Floating Shelves, and Clever Ways to Decorate Your Hallway! (Hint, books are involved!)

Image Credits: Fresh Mommy, Design Sponge, Ana White, Wonderful Joy Ahead, Honey and Fitz, Apartment Therapy, On the Banks of Squaw Creek, Home Stories A to Z, Amy Hunting, Zero Waste, Remodelaholic, Taylor Hamilton, Pinterest


  1. September 26, 2015 / 10:33 am

    Love the wine bottle shelving! That’s a cool project. Have you ever considered original wooden wine crate shelving? It’s old-world and Chateau-Chic. Feel free to visit Winepine to take a look at the different options available.

  2. Cynthia House
    May 9, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    Is there any site where I can get instructions such as what materials are used for the book case that is listed first. “READ” on the wall to store books. Thank you.

    • Kathy Woodard
      May 20, 2014 / 4:23 pm

      Unfortunately we couldn’t find a source for this photo. If anyone knows, please let us know so we can give proper credit.

  3. Patrice
    May 8, 2014 / 11:56 am

    Once again-love the post.

  4. ursula cecile
    March 6, 2014 / 11:59 am

    Love your super creative ideas–.Most so simple but such wonderful imagination. Thank you.

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