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8 Simple DIY Bookshelf Ideas

You don’t have to be a passionate bookworm to appreciate a good bookshelf. Though if you are, all the more reason why it shouldn’t be just a boring piece of furniture, but rather something that has its own spirit and style. You can totally opt for a giant classic bookcase, if that fits you, but more often than not we find ourselves with many books we have nowhere to place, because the classic bookcases either don’t fit into our house décor or they’re just not affordable.

Here are some ideas for fun, creative and very stylish DIY bookshelves of all sorts. Whether you need a bookshelf for your office, living room or your child’s room, we’ve got you covered!

1. Wood Pallet Bookshelf

It takes so little to transform a simple pallet into a very practical bookshelf. Me and Madeline provides you with a quick tutorial on how to make it. It’s so simple you can make it while your children are at school and by the time they come home in the afternoon, they’ll be incredibly surprised by their new bookshelf and your superpowers when you tell them you made it yourself!

VIEW IN GALLERYWood Pallet Bookshelf DIY

2. A-Frame Bookshelf

Ever wondered how to put an old ladder to a good use? Now you know! The only thing better than having an awesome bookshelf is knowing that you upcycled an old tool that was just collecting dust in your grandfather’s shed. The Wife in Training tells you how to make a traditionally-looking bookshelf that still brings dynamic into your home and leaves all your guests in awe.


3. Industrial Pipes

If you’re known for thinking outside of the box, this option is perfect for you. Why have a normal bookshelf when you can just make one out of pipes? Having a pipe bookshelf is not a pipe dream! Don’t let your creativity go down the drain! Magnolia Market has all the instructions you’ll need.

VIEW IN GALLERYBookshelf with Industrial pipes and wooden planks

4. Crate Bookshelf

Let’s create with a crate! If you don’t have much time to be very crafty, or maybe you just have a lot of crates you don’t know what to do with, you’ve finally found your solution! The hardest part about this one is probably deciding which colors you’ll use to paint it! Crazy Little Projects gets you.

VIEW IN GALLERYColorful Crate Bookshelf DIY

5. Invisible Bookshelves

Bring some magic into your living space by making it seem like your books are just floating up against the wall! Your friends will wonder if maybe you’re actually Mary Poppins?! Lucky for you, these bookshelves are achievable within minutes! May December shares the secret.

VIEW IN GALLERYInvisible wall-mounted bookshelves

6. Rain Gutter Bookshelves

Sometimes we don’t want to overcrowd a room by putting a big bookcase in it, so we have to find another way. Restoration Beauty came up with a great idea! It’s simple and practical; especially fitting for a child’s room, where they can see all of their favorite storybooks on display.

VIEW IN GALLERYRain Gutter Bookshelves

7. Wine Crate Bookshelves

Oh look, another reason to buy wine! We can put the crates to a good use! Make your living and reading space look lively by decorating some wine crates and putting them on your walls as bookshelves. It gives the room a dynamic vibe and you’ll have plenty of room to be creative and have fun with how you place the crates. See how Design Sponge made it happen.

VIEW IN GALLERYHomemade Wine Crate Bookshelves

8. Hanging Bookshelf

Who doesn’t love a hammock? We all do. And we also love books. It is only appropriate to bring our two loves together and give our favorite books their own little personalized hammock. Penny Carnival gives you the inspiration and instructions.

VIEW IN GALLERYHanging Bookshelf

You’re all set to build a perfect bookshelf now! Once it’s done you can sit back, make some coffee and admire what you have created, while – of course – reading your favorite book!