How To Build A Book Nook

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3 Hours

Oh my goodness, I’m so in love with our new book nook in our homeschool room! This empty little space went from being super awkward, to warm and inviting. But books do that don’t they? Instantly add a level of cozy to any spot. And friends, these children’s book shelves were so easy to make! I’ll share the simple instructions below!

Kids are so visual I wanted to make these children’s book shelves partly for decor and to soften that wall and corner, and also to make it very easy for the kids to have eyes on their favorite books. I plan to rotate them out each season, keeping this area fresh and relevant.

What the spot looked like before:

Such a difference right? Okay let’s get to it!


These shelves are super easy to assemble! Just cut to the correct length, glue and clamp, and then nail together.

We will be using the 1×6 as the back, the 1×4 as the bottom, and the 1×3 as the front.

Decide where you want your shelving and then what length will work best visually and book storage wise. Using the chop saw, cut all boards to the desired length of the shelfs.

Using glue and wood clamps attatch the boards together. We went with laying the back board down, then placing glue on the bottom edge, securing the bottom board over that, adding glue to the other edge, and applying the front board. Clamp together and wipe away excess glue quickly.

While glue is still wet use your air nailer to secure the boards, ensuring a good fit.

We dicided to make these corner shelves. If you also want to do that, you will need to cut the matching ends at a 90 degree angle, or the angle of the wall you’ll be placing it on.

How to secure to wall:

To secure these shelves to walls, you’ll need a stud finder.

After you find the studs, mark your shelves and drill pre-drill holes with a drill bit. Then, using a level, secure them to the wall. Placing the shelves into a wall stud insures the best holding power.

If you have to, you can use studless wall mounts, but be caution with how much weight you palce on those.

And that’s it!

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  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on Sep 29, 2021

    I absolutely love this idea. It not only gives a child a place to sit and read, but also teaches them to put their favorite books away after reading. Add a child's table and chair or a nice big soft pillow to curl up in while reading. I am sure this would really get little ones into reading. LOVE THIS.