40 Easy DIY Bookshelf Plans
Keeping your house clean and well-sorted is probably one of the trickiest tasks, especially if you are one of those people who have more books than clothes and shoes combined. Each of your books is priceless and you want to preserve them in the best condition possible. But it is not always so easy, especially if you do not have a proper bookshelf. Now bookshelves do not come cheap, be it a simple plywood one or an ornate wooden case. So, here are forty simple yet trendy DIY bookshelves for you and your books.
Now, this is a creative and flexible design for a modern bookshelf. You can keep the books lying sideways one on top of another in case you think keeping them as shown in the picture might be damaging to the binding.
Stylish and Easy to Make Bookshelf
This is the first handmade bookshelf in the list. You can try a two-color pattern instead of the all-white to make it even more interesting.
Practical DIY Headboard Bookshelf
It is indeed a practical idea to have a nice book rack near your headboard so you don’t have to be in a situation where you are cozily tucked into your blanket, but you forgot to take your book with you to bed.
Here is an interesting design for a small bookcase that you can keep anywhere, and it would hold your most favorite books.
How many old useless skateboards do you have is the garage? You need at least two to make this one work, but the more you have the better as it means more shelves for your books.
You may need a little longer than 60 minutes to finish this one, especially if you do not have much expertise in woodwork, but it is still the simplest DIY corner bookcase.
Just a few empty wine crates of varying sizes and you end up with the coolest bookshelf ever!
DIY Built-in Bookcase Tutorial
Make Your Own Upside-Down Bookshelves
How about making this crazy bookshelf for your next DIY woodcraft project? Don’t worry, you don’t have to change the laws of gravity to have the books hanging upside down from your shelf.
Built-In Bookshelves Instructions
DIY built-in bookshelves are no matter of joke, as they require considerable knowledge in woodworking, apart from a lot of time. But, in the end you always get a homemade library.
This is a pretty basic step-by-step instruction for a built-in shelving unit. Once the structure is done, you can use your creativity for the coloring and decorating part.
This is a small and simple bookcase that you can keep at any corner of your house, holding all your favorite books and magazines.
Tree shaped bookshelves are a big hit these days, so how about making one for your kids’ room? Although the purple color looks really nice, you can use any color depending on the theme of the room.
Yet another tree bookshelf for you; it looks the best when you place it against an open portion of the wall, where there are no other furniture and decorations.
Yet another pretty headboard bookcase, you can change the arrangement of the shelves according to your requirement once you get the basic instructions.
Bookshelves are no longer just bookshelves. Apart from being an important part of the interior décor, they are now a fun way to trick people and create optical illusions.
Easy Invisible Bookshelves DIY
This one is even simpler than the earlier invisible bookshelf DIY, as it does not even require you to sacrifice a book. You love each and every book you own; and with this one, you don’t have to be in a situation where you need to uproot a nice shelf if you want to read the book at the bottom.
Crdboard and some glue can work wonders – here is the proof.
Children’s Bookshelf Instructions
Basic bookcase plans are always the best ones for beginners. And expert woodworkers always have the option of getting creative with something simple.
Before you throw away that creaking old ladder in your attic, check out the DIY here. It’s one of the best recycle furniture projects, turning a useless wooden ladder into a prized addition to your home furnish.
Another ladder bookshelf DIY, this one used two folding ladders, placing them upside down side-by-side before adding wooden shelves to the structure.
Imagine if you had a secret room that could only be accessed through a hidden door disguised as a bookcase. Get to work then!
DIY Pipe Bookshelf Instructions
Even plumbing pipes can serve as the ideal material when it comes to building modern bookshelves. You will still need wooden planks for the shelves.
The plumbing pipes really look good as the frames, bringing a contemporary touch to the simple bookshelves. You can even make them as wall mount cases.
How to Build a Ladder Bookshelf
How to Build a Simple Bookshelf
DIY instructions for the most basic bookcase, you can increase the length and number of shelves if you need more space.
DIY Boat Bookshelf Instructions
It is a boat, with the addition of neat shelves to hold your beloved books; what’s not to like?
How to Build a Built-in Bookshelf
Easy Bookshelf DIY Instructions
One can never have enough of these small and useful shelves that are not just useful for holding books.
Cheap, Easy, Low-Waste Bookshelf Plan
Industrial Looking Hanging Bookshelves
One of the best things about DIY bookshelves is that they allow you to utilize any corner of your house. For example, this one shows how you can customize the size and shape of the shelves so they fit in the empty wall space under the stairs.
A simple mountable bookcase, you can try different colors and lighting to bring this one into the spotlight.
It’s amazing how easily you can make stylish bookshelves with professional finishing without having to spend the big bucks. All you will need are the raw materials, like wood, pipes, glue, colors and carpentry tools. Don’t waste any more time before you start working on your next wooden masterpiece.
Published on February 28th 2015 by Daphne Bennette
I love books and to keeping them organize. A simple bookshelf on wall is what I need and in this post I found few ideas…. unique and beautiful. love it………
I’m planning on making a half door at the top of the stairs for a baby gate. I want to use the bookshelf hidden door idea, I can create more storage and have an elegant baby gate.
I like this Upside-Down Bookshelves design, its very unique. Wanna try to make it someday. Keep up sharing….
I like the built-in bookshelf. It’s convenient and durable, and it ultimately has a great storage space. I love it.
To be honest, I loved almost all the 40 bookshelf ideas mentioned here. But I think some ideas like modular bookcases need some expertise, what do you say? Bookcases are something where we can really be creative. Loved the skateboard bookcase(I have never seen something like that, simple as well). You can also include DIY bookshelves with glassdoors(or like closed bookshelves). Triangle bookshelves, diamond bookshelves, U bookcases etc would be some additives to this list (very easy to build)
Thanks for your suggestions. Glad that you liked the plans.
I love your website very much. I have one question.
what part of the bookcase is the kick that is built onto the shelves?