DIY book shelf ledges – Easy, inexpensive and AWESOME!

DIY book ledges
I have admired little ledges to hold books for little kids’ rooms for quite some time now. I’ve seen that a few of my friends have made some of these little ledges and I think they are just perfect. I decided to tackle them on my own and I was BLOWN AWAY over how easy (and inexpensive) they were!
Seriously, if you can hammer a nail into a piece of wood, you can make these!
This was the typical storing place for bedtime books. They usually just ended up under the beds or scattered all over the floor. Not cool.
For each ledge you will need:
1 – 1×2 piece of wood cut to your desired length. Mine was 24″ (this is your front piece)
2 – 1×4 wood boards also cut to your desired length.
Hammer & nails
2 drywall anchors and screws to mount them into place OR screws if you can find two studs to hang them on

**I made two 24″ ledges so my materials list was doubled**

BIG FAT HUGE TIP: Check your home improvement store (Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc) for “cull” wood. This is wood that someone has cut and was either a mistake or extra. I got ALL of my wood for this project from that bin and the Home Depot guys cut the boards to the right length for me and I paid a grand total of $1.01 for two ledges!! Cha-ching!!!

Once you gather all of your materials, lay out your ledges like so.. (see photo). Then, use at least 1″ nails and a hammer to secure them together.

I’m pretty sure I have the cutest little helper around. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then, PAINT and HANG those babies up!   I used trim paint in white gloss that I had lying around.

Then, let your little ones put their books on their new shelves!
DIY book ledges
              …Then rearrange them to accomodate your OCD tendencies. Or is that just me? My boys love it and that makes Mommy happy!
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    Layn @ reignalayn.blogspot.com
    December 4, 2011 at 5:13 am

    AWESOME job!! Love projects that keep things tidy ๐Ÿ™‚

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    December 4, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Sounds simple enough…though I’m not a handy woman! ๐Ÿ˜€ But at that price, I’d love to try it. Did you just screw them into the wall? BTW, I found this post at Iheartnaptime’s blog linky party.

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    Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters
    January 1, 2012 at 1:24 am

    AWESOME! I would definitely love to try that! We are your newest followers.

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    Amy @ TheMombot.com
    January 3, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! I am planning on doing this in my nursery and have been gathering different tutorials on how. You win for the cheapest version! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    January 4, 2012 at 3:01 am

    great great job on this!!!

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    January 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Love this! The design shows say to go vertical. Excellent job. I hope I can make it as well as you.

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    January 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I have wanted some of these too! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5! I will be featuring on Saturday!

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    busy little bee
    January 6, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Very Cute! I’ll have to start checking our home depot for cull wood.

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    January 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

    these are great just what we need in our house and at 1.01 how can we say no

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    Lindsi B
    January 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    This is fabulous!!! Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-5.html

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    The Southern Product Queen
    January 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm

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    Jenn Lifford
    January 30, 2012 at 6:24 am

    I am just starting work on my son’s reading nook and have been looking at all of the different book shelves out there! I think yours definitely comes in at the cheapest (and one of the easiest!)and still looks fabulous! Pinning!
    Jenn ๐Ÿ™‚

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    January 30, 2012 at 2:31 am

    This project is perfect! My daughter just finish gutting and re-doing her upstairs (cape cod home) and her boys now have a new bedroom. Something like this would not just look cute but be so practical and useful!

    Kindly, Lorraine

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    February 6, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Great job! I may just try to make some!

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    February 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Great idea! I had this idea about a month ago but I used the picture ledges from Ikea. It would have saved 90% to do this. What are those drawers set into the wall. Did you build those? I would like to see how that works.

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    Donna Peterson Neff
    April 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    These are great for the kids rooms! But I bet these could easily find other uses in other rooms of the house, too!

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    August 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I just put this tutorial to use and it came out perfectly! My 3 year old and I are so excited about them. SHe has so many books I think I will need to make 2 more. I’m gonna find a bean bag chair to nestle nearby for a little story time nook. I havent painted them yet I was in too much of a hurry to get them on a wall to wait for paint to dry. I will take them down later and paint them. Thanks for a great idea and tutorial!

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    September 17, 2012 at 2:00 am

    I love these! As a librarian, my two year old already has a pile of books, lol! Now I need a cute way to store them =)

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    Polly @ Helping Little Hands
    September 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    We made several shelves just like these a couple years ago and they are still our favorites. You did a great job with yours.

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    Pamela R
    October 13, 2012 at 2:56 am

    I love this! I’m so going to have to create these for my daughter’s room!

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    Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted
    December 30, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Perfect! Love the price and simplicity of the project. Pinning for future reference cause I already have a place in mind in the house where I want to do this. I am hosting a Best of 2012 Showcase Party if you’d like to swing by and share your favorite posts/projects of the year. No need to brush your hair or even put on a party dress;)http://delightfullynoted.blogspot.com/2012/12/showcase-partybest-of-2012-share-your.html

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    Bright and Fun Playroom Reveal
    November 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

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    January 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Love the Book f Mormon Stories reader!

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    Angela Schneider
    May 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I love how your books are like mine, “beat up” or some might say “well loved”.

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    June 19, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I am really digging these shelves! In fact, went out the next day and got the supplies to make them, and now they are assembled and waiting to be painted and hung. I have a question, though – did you have to prime your shelves or did you just paint them? Raw wood tends to be porous, I think, and I am wondering if one coat will be enough or if it needs more. Also, did you have to let your shelves and paint cure before putting books on them or did you use them right away? Thanks for any help! Not particularly handy, unfortunately, though I wish I were!

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      Mallory & Savannah
      June 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Yay! So glad you made them! You may need a few coats of paint! I use paint + primer a lot of times so it does the job at once but still usually need 2 coats for great coverage. Make sure to let each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next coat. I would also wait overnight to put the books on just in case. Hope that helps!

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    June 19, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    How did you mount them as I’m looking to make these and am not sure how they are mounted

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      Mallory & Savannah
      June 19, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Hi Pat,

      I just drilled screws through the front into the wall. The books cover the screws/holes.


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    Ariel Noelle
    October 22, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Love this DIY! Me and my son are going to love having these in his room! Thanks so much for sharing! Also, approx. $5 vs $30-40? Yes please! So great!

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