Do You Want the Best Book Storage Solution Ever?

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Pin for later! The easiest book or gallery wall solution for under $25 and so easy a kid could build them!

We kind of have a bit of a book problem in our house.  We have so many children’s books that we could probably start our own library.  This is all thanks to my sweet mother-in-law who lovingly shared somewhere in the realm of eight Rubbermaid bins full of books.  The peanuts adore them so we need a place to put them all.

Here is a little taste of where one bin of books currently is placed just to prove I’m not being overly-dramatic…

Books in a rubbermaid bin

That is the carnage of a  freshly rifled through bin from the hunt for the exact Fancy Nancy book that was smashed unceremoniously at the bottom.

I’m going to give you a book storage solution that literally, a child can build and it cost us around $25.  Can’t beat that.

Book ledges folks.  Book ledges.  Then when peanut gets older she can turn it into a chic gallery wall.  Raise it up for Mom thinking ahead.

Here is the dead space behind the bedroom door that is screaming to be filled…with books.

blank wall

 We made 5 ledges at 35″ long using Ana White’s plan.

Supply List:

  • 5- 1″ x 4″ x 6″ pine boards
  • 3- 1″ x 2″ x 6′ pine boards
  • 1 1/4″ Kreg Screws
  • Kreg Jig
  • Wood Glue
  • brad nailer with 1 1/4″ brad nails
  • wood filler (stainable is staining)
  • paint or stain

Step 1:

Cut all of your boards the exact same length.  You will need 2- 1″ x 4″ and 1- 1″ x 2″ board for each ledge.  Therefore, I cut 10- 1″ x 4″ x 35″ and 5- 1″ x 2″ x 35″

Step 2:

Allow your assistant to drill pocket holes into 5 of the 1″ x 4″ boards.

Little girl using a Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes with a Dewalt Drill

Step 3:

Add wood glue to the joining edges of 1 pocket hole board and one non-pocket hole board to make an “L” shape.  The pocket holes will be on the bottom of the ledge.

Wood glue on joining ends of boards


Step 4:

Screw Kreg screws into pocket holes.

Little girl putting Kreg Screws into pocket holes.

Little girl using Dewalt drill to screw Kreg screws into pocket holes.

Step 5:

Add wood glue to the joining edges of the “L” shape ledge and the remaining 1″ x 2″ board.

adding wood glue to joining edges of boards

Step 6:

Brad nail to bottom piece of the ledge.  This is your face board so the books will not fall off.  That would not be helpful at all.  No picture of this one because apparently my assistant has not been trained with a brad nailer.  It’s so hard to find good people these days.

Step 7:

Fill in all the nail holes with wood filler, wipe excess off with a wet sock.

Step 8:

Paint or stain until your hearts content.

Step 9:

To install- I just drew a level line and used 3″ screws to attach to the wall studs.  Easy Peasy.

Little girl standing in front of DIY book ledges


Wasted space turned into instant awesome.

Little girl holding a Dewalt Drill

Just like Mom. *wink.




  • ToolBox Divas

    OMG your daughter is absolutely adorable!!! I love it! give her a drill and give her the world. :)

    • Erica

      LOL, I know, I’m thinking she just may need a new planer for Christmas…. 😉