Bookshelves have a multitude of uses. They are great for placing special items, pictures, collections, storage baskets, and books. People living in small spaces particularly enjoy bookshelves. Along with saving space, a great bookshelf could be your favorite and most stylish piece of home decor. The best part is, a stylish bookshelf doesn't have to break the bank.

Why Do Need a Bookshelves?

Why Do Need a Bookshelves?
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Foremost, a bookshelf is an essential piece of furniture for anyone with many books or trinkets. Bookshelves are great at keeping things up high and safe from accidents. It's also one of the few functional pieces of furniture that can enhance the taste and style of any room. It creates space stylishly and inexpensively. Someone can use bookshelves in any room for any reason.


Crates

Crates
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Using wine or vegetable crates to create your own bookshelves is simple. You can create any size and shape of bookshelves you want. Crates can be simple and rustic, or classy and creative. Depending on the style you want, you can keep the crates exactly as they are (minus any dirt or dust), and arrange and hang them how you please. You can even paint and decorate them. You can also stack them in any shape you please and use as many or as few as you'd like.

How To Do It

Your first step is to gather any wine or vegetable crates you can find that have a sturdy condition. They shouldn't be too dirty or have broken slates in them as this will make them harder and less sturdy to use. You want to make sure that putting a nail through it will not splinter the boards.

You might be able to find them brand new online or in specialty stores as they're pretty trendy right now.


Supplies

  • Wooden crates
  • Hammer and nails
  • Wood glue (only if not hanging the shelf)
  • Paints or wallpaper

Kentwood

A Kentwood bookshelf is a rustic wood bookshelf you can build yourself or DIY with an existing bookshelf. These bookshelves fit into just about any home decor. Kentwood bookshelves are easy to do on a small budget. These bookshelves are the ultimate custom piece for any home.


How To Do It

The first thing you need for this project is a bookshelf on the small side. You'll also want to work on this project in a well-ventilated area, as you're going to be doing sanding and priming or wood conditioner.


Supplies

  • A drop cloth for debris
  • Sandpaper or an electric sander
  • Wood primer

Floating Brackets

Floating Brackets
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Floating bookshelves are a minimalist's book storage dream. One less piece of furniture to clutter their home or apartment. Just a simple metal bracket and their books and trinkets are safe from the floor.

How to Do It

One of the easier DIY bookshelves in this list. All it requires is two metal brackets and four screws per "bookshelf" you want to hang.

Supplies

  • Metal brackets (at least 2)
  • Screw driver or power drill
  • Screws (at least 4)
  • A ruler
  • A ruler

Mounted Industrial Piping

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A mounted industrial piping bookshelf is a great way to modernize any space. It's also simple and not at all time consuming to do. You can also get creative with these types of bookshelves.

How To Do It

It's simple. You must gather your piping and pick how you want it placed on the wall first. You can find the piping at any hardware or home improvement store along with the hard wear to hang it. It's really up to you how you want to structure your bookshelves. Though keep in mind, you need to have a space between your pipes and the wall for your book to have room to sit.

Supplies

  • Industrial piping (any hardware store)
  • Industrial pipe mounts
  • Screw driver or power drill
  • A stud finder

Rustic Recycled Palet

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A recycled palet has hundreds of uses, and a lot of those are bookshelves. With just a few pallets, which are easy to get for free if you know where to look, you can create bookshelves that are simple, with a farm house feel.

How To Do It

This one is a little more involved than the other bookshelves. You will need four to five recycled wooden pallets for this project as well an electric saw, and an afternoon. But by the evening you'll have a cute, rustic, eco-friendly bookshelf you can be proud of.

Supplies

  • 4-5 recycled wood pallets
  • A hammer and nails
  • Hand sander or sand paper
  • An electric saw

Ladder Shelves

Ladder Shelves
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Ladder bookshelves are great for any space and can be done in hundreds of ways. Most of the time taking an old ladder, adding some 2x4 planks in varying sizes through the steps, and stacking even weight on each side gives you a beautifully simple and stylish book shelf. You can also build your own with just a few 2x4s for a more rustic feel.

How To Do It

You have a couple of options here: You can use an old ladder either from your home or pick one up at a garage sale, or you can make your own. Both are simple and have a variety of options to match your style.

Supplies

If you are upgrading a ladder:

  • A ladder
  • several 2x4s
  • paint (optional)

If you are building one:

  • 5-6 2x4 planks
  • A hammer and nails
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper or electric sander
  • Paint (optional)

Leather Harness

Using just a couple of long, thick pieces of wood and two leather straps (or up-cycled leather belts), you can create a modern, sleek, and simple bookshelf. The leather harness bookshelf is one that fits into any space, regardless of square footage or style. This one works great in small spaces as well because it's not too bulky to go over other pieces of furniture, like the back of a couch or over a bed or the tv.

How To Do It

This simple and stylish bookshelf only requires a few materials and some minimal time. Within just a few short minutes you can have bookshelves all over your home.

Supplies

  • Industrial piping (any hardware store)
  • A stud finder
  • Two leather straps
  • A set of hooks
  • A ruler or tape measurer

Contemporary

A contemporary bookshelf is perfect for more modern or industrial spaces. With all the compartments and shelves, it's perfect for any minimalist who needs a space to put things but doesn't want a lot of furniture around. One of the other great things about bookshelves like these is that it is almost like its own piece of art.

How To Do It

This one is a little more complicated than most, so you will want to find a detailed, but simple to follow the guide online. You will be creating various sized boxes and then attaching them together. This one will also take you the better part of an afternoon to two days, depending on how big you make it.

Supplies

  • Several planks of wood in various lengths
  • Hammer and nails
  • Paints (optional)

Boat

Bookshelves made from half a boat are great for a home near the lake, or ocean, or home with a Cape Cod theme. An old canoe or even a single person rowboat is easy to recycle into a beautiful and clever bookshelf. People will admire your handy work and ingenuity. Bookshelves like this are great conversational pieces.

How To Do It

Have an old rowboat that can't be repaired? Recycle it. Don't already have one? You can find many online for sale or free from an owner who doesn't have the time, energy, or ability to repair it. All it takes is a saw and some sandpaper, or some paint and additional planks of wood, and you've got yourself a great, themed bookshelf for your home.

Supplies

  • A boat
  • A saw (optional)
  • Some sandpaper
  • Paint (optional)

Dollhouse

Creating bookshelves from a classic, wooden, dollhouse is perfect for kids bedrooms or playrooms. It would be simple and sturdy, so kids won't be able to take it apart. It fits into the decor of any play space. It will hold everything from their books to their favorite toys. A great space for them to display their collections. It's also already built for you. All it requires of you is sanding and some paints to freshen it up for its new job as a bookshelf.

Hot To Do It

For this one, the hard work of putting the bookshelf together is done for you. All you have to do is liven it up if you want to.

Supplies

  • A dollhouse
  • Sandpaper
  • Paints

Conclusion

Creating your own set of bookshelves is simple to do, inexpensive, and it's something you can be proud of. When trying to use every inch of a small space, it can be well worth creating your own custom piece that fits with your style and budget. With just a little time and effort, you can have bookshelves that not only hold your valuables but are also valuable to you because you made them.

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