3 Brilliant DIY Bookshelf Ideas

Are you a bit of a bookworm or just keen on DIY décor? We’ve compiled 5 brilliant DIY bookshelf ideas to help you get handy and look literary too! At Drain Doctor we love to see our clients getting hands-on around the home and learning some new DIY skills of their very own (unless you’ve got it so wrong you need to call out our emergency plumbers in Cambridge!), so to give you some inspiration for your next DIY project, we’ve sourced some quick, easy and all-round excellent bookshelving ideas from across the web. Toolbelts at the ready, if you please!

1. Floating Bookshelves

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Turn your library into a levitating wonder! This project could hardly be easier, simply screw in, stick on and stack up! You’ll need:

  • A large old book that you won’t read again (to use as the “shelf”)
  • An “L” bracket
  • A carpet knife
  • Small & large flat-headed wood screws
  • A ruler
  • Glue
  • Your favourite books for stacking!

The whole idea is pretty easy. Simply make a discreet space for the L bracket inside your “base” book, glue the back cover over the bracket, screw your L bracket and base into the desired place then stack ’em up! You can read the full, step-by-step Instructables guide here.

2. The Leaning Library

This is an amazing DIY project for beginners. It may seem daunting, but Lowe’s instructions are really clear and easy to follow, leaving you with a cool finished product you can customise to your heart’s content. You’ll need:

  • A table saw
  • Clamps
  • A drill & bits
  • Wood of your preferred measurements (in this picture Red Oak – 4 x 12 inch by 6 inch)
  • Flat head wood screws
  • Wood glue

The whole project should take no more than a day to complete, perfect for a rainy Sunday when you feel like being a bit handy around the home!

3. Drawer Shelves

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If you have an old chest of drawers in need of an upcycle, or love to hunt for charity shop bargains, these quirky DIY bookshelves are perfect for you. There’s not much too it, but these bookshelves can look really special.

We recommend taking a good look at the bottom (underside) of the drawers before you buy to make sure they will sit flat on your walls. With the right type of drawer you can comfortably screw them into the wall and hey presto! Kooky, pretty shelving! Why not line your new drawer shelves with some pretty, printed paper first for extra visual punch? You can read The Perfect Shade of Grey’s great tutorial here.

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