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

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$10
3 Hours
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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!
This is the video that I created of the entire build.

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  • Beth Beth on Jun 05, 2019

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

  • Judith Judith on Jun 06, 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 !

  • Brittany Brittany on Jun 08, 2021

    Since gutters are usually aluminum do you think this would hold up to large chapter books? Love the idea, but I'm the real book reader in the family and I am absolutely asking for myself! 😄

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