Copey loves to read every day! He has his favorite books and loves to go through to pick which ones we read each day. It’s one of my favorite moments of the day to sit in his room and read stories with him before bedtime. I love having his books on display for him to select from each day, this helps to give him options to look at instead of picking the same book every day [which he totally would do]. So we decided to build these DIY book ledges!
These book ledges are similar to a picture ledge, but instead they display children’s books! These are a great way to add book storage in a room that you are looking to conserve space. You can customize the length to match the size of your room and can add as many rows high as you would prefer. I really wanted ours to fill out the wall space and almost feel like an art display in his room. While Copey can’t reach all of the books he can still see them all and we shuffle them around to bring the ones he likes more to the bottom shelves where he can reach!
- (2) 1 x 4 x 8′
- (1) 1 x 2 x 8′
- 2 1/2″ wood screws
- 2″ 18ga Nails
- Drywall Anchors (optional)
- 3/8″ Drill Bit
- Tape Measure
- Nail Gun
- Miter Saw
How To Build:
Step 1 :
Determine the length of the DIY Book Ledge. Cut both of the 1 x 4’s and 1 x 2 to the desired length of the ledge.
Using one of the 1×4’s, Place a line across the entire long side of the board 1/2 inch down from the edge. Using the 3/8″ drill bit, pre-drill pilot holes ever 8-12″ .
Using 2 1/2d” wood screws, attach one 1 x 4 to the bottom of the other 1 x 4, screwing throughs the pilot holes created in the last step.
Using a stud finder, measure placement of wall studs or install drywall anchors for mounting the ledge to. Use a level or laser level to ensure drywall anchors are installed level.
Attach the two 1 x4 ‘s to the wall by screwing it to the stud or screwing to the drywall anchor.
Using a nail gun, attach the from 1 x 2 to the front of the 1 x 4. This will help keep be books from sliding off the ledge
It’s a super simple DIY project and could easily be added to any kids room! You can leave the shelves wood or paint them to match the theme of the room. I love the versatility and customizability of these shelves, they make a great addition to any kid’s bedroom! In Cope’s reading corner we have some throw beds, pillows, and blankets to cozy up as we read stories together. The ABC banner is a find from Tweed. If you are interested, I linked some of our favorite children’s books on the blog here. Thank you for stopping by the blog, if you try out this DIY don’t forget to tag me so I can see!