⚒ DIY SHELF IDEAS 📚 | DIY Kids Bookshelf From Rain Gutters | Lane

7 Materials
$10
3 Hours
Easy

My wife saw this DIY shelf idea on Pinterest, so we decided to build it because our kids need a bookshelf to put their books and this looked like the perfect kids bookshelf, and I thought it was cool that it was made from rain gutters!

Our kids have a playroom where they have a lot of their books, but they didn't have a dedicated spot for their books. We decided to go to the hardware store and try to build these DIY shelves for our kids.
We got 2 long rain gutters and I cut them up to make the bookshelves. It is a very easy DIY shelf to put together. Believe me, if I can do it, you can do it! 
Step 1: Cut them to the length that you want to shelf to be.



(Another cool thing about this rain gutter bookshelf is that they look like floating shelves.)
Step 2: Find the studs in the wall with a stud finder. Books are heavy, I recommend screwing it into a stud.

Step 3: Measure your kids. Make sure that your smallest child has room to reach books on his or her level. It's smart to work from the bottom up, instead of the bottom down.
Step 4: Pre drill your holes in the gutters.
Step 5: Drill your screws through the pre-drilled holes into the wall studs. Use a level to make sure that there is no slope.
Step 6: Enjoy your new bookshelf!
Entire Build Video
This is the video that I created of the entire build.

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3 of 19 questions
  • Linda Stith
    on Jun 5, 2019

    Are the gutters made from vinly

    • Jennifer
      on Jun 5, 2019

      I would be afraid they would bend just by being leans on or pulled in. Cute idea but I would rather do it with reclaimed pallets.

  • Beth
    on Jun 5, 2019

    Are you going to put the end caps on the gutters to prevent cuts?

    • Van
      on Jul 10, 2019

      I want to make these

      For my grandson

      You always have such good for children

  • Judith
    on Jun 6, 2019

    I just wanted to compliment your choice of "After" picture...the one with the floppy kid on the floor ! Great idea for kid shelves ! Thanks for sharing !

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  • Maria Delgado
    on Jun 5, 2019

    wooow wonderful ideas and so inexpensive. You got it made and looks are great. Enjoy little ones

  • Rocky
    on Jun 6, 2019

    I suggest putting caps on the end of the gutter. They can be extremely sharp. Yes, even the vinyl gutters. Got to protect our children. Does look super cool

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