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Baby Bookshelves

6.13.2011

The nursery is entering the home stretch…which is good because the baby is due in about 4 weeks.  But could come at any time…but probably won’t…but could.  Which is really messing with my whole “I want to plan and write things on a calendar” personality.

Anyway there is a whole lot of DIYing to go in the space (while the sewing machine is whirring in the background.)

I knew I wanted lots of books in the nursery because you know the whole reading to your child is a good thing.  Not to mention they could be used as a decor item as evidenced in this inspiration picture.  But of course cognitive and language development trumps decor….unless you can have both of course.

Elizabeth Sullivan design

Elizabeth Sullivan

I love that entire nursery but those floor to ceiling shelves made me swoon.

Unfortunately, I knew we were not going to have the space to replicate that, but loved the forward facing idea.  And those skinny shelves would be super easy to DIY.

Rumor has it that IKEA has similar shelves that would not require you to make them yourselves.  I would not know as I have lamented mentioned before, the nearest one is 8 hours away…and not worth driving for some shelves.

Here is what we came up with-

shelf DIY

My participation in the project?  Showing Derek the picture, telling him where I wanted them and placing books.  I even let go of control enough to let him try to my favorite self-leveling paint on his own (after a quick tutorial of course).  Here is what he did:

1. Cut a 1x2, 1x3 and piece of quarter round each to 36”.


2.  Put it together.  The vertical 1x2 in attached to the horizontal 1x3.  The vertical 1x2 is nailed or screwed into the ¾” side of the 1x3.  This should leave ¾” of vertical 1x2 exposed above the 1x3.  The
exposed ¾” of the 1x2 will be used to screw the bookshelf to the wall.  The quarter round is attached to the top edge of the 1x3 to create an edge for the books to lean against.  Use finishing nails.

shelf DIY
3. To attach to the wall screw through the exposed ¾” of the 1x2 into  studs in the wall.  By making the shelf 36” long you should have at least 2 studs to screw into.


4. Prime and paint.

shelf DIY

Super easy ( I am told) and super cheap.  And I love the fact that we screwed the wood directly into the studs so that junior will be OK if he decides to use them as rock climbing wall at a later time.  Plus the fact that we can rotate books and hopefully since you can see all the covers, even more reading will happen.  At least that is what I am hoping…

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17 comments on "Baby Bookshelves"
  1. Very cute! They are incredibly similar to the picture ledge that I made for my living room this winter. So easy!

    ~ Heather from at home with H

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  2. These turned out great! I need to add this to the list of maybes' for the playroom when we get around to it.

    That elephant fabric is adorable!

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  3. 4 weeks! Goodness that went fast! I love the shelves, and I super love that elephant curtain by the closet...but I may be a little partial to the elephant fabric :)

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  4. Very cute! I l-o-v-e to read and hope to instill the same in our unborn child.

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  5. The shelves are a great idea, including the possibility of their becoming a rock wall... not an impossibility given little boys! But where is Goodnight Moon? If you don't have it, I need to send you a copy. It's my favorite!

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  6. Love it! As a teacher, I love seeing kids rooms filled with books (and color!). Ikea does have shelves like those but they aren't as wide or deep so you wouldn't be able to layer them as well.

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  7. As a retired teacher, I applaud your literacy focus. My husband used to tease me when I read aloud to our newborns. Both have turned out to be excellent students and wonderful young women.

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  8. This looks awesome! YOur husband is a handy guy! I love bookshelves and I love that you can see everything easily. Great job!

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  9. Adorable, and I must go through your posts to see more of this fab nursery!!! OMG!

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  10. So so cute! They turned out wonderfully! Your nursery is super-cool... can't wait to see what else you have in store for the room!

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  11. Gorgeous. Our kids climb on everything in their room (when we're not watching them like an hour after bedtime), so we also have to do heavy securing. :)

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  12. Love these!! I can't wait to see the nursery in all it's glory!!

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  13. Looks so cute!! Yes, book ledges are a MUST in nursies - I also love the curtains! :)

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  14. Love it! The strips and shelves are so cute!

    -Sarah
    @DearSarah

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  15. Thanks for posting that close up and what you/hubby used to construct!! I've been wanting to make shelves (for matchbox cars though) and couldn't think of what to use for the front so you could actually see the cars. I love how your nursery is coming together- great job mama!

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  16. Thanks for posting my nursery! I think yours turned out great and I am obsessed with the elephant curtain! The dimensions I used for the shelves are the same as the Holman art ledges from Pottery Barn if anyone wanted to buy ready made ledges for books...
    Elizabeth Sullivan (modern24seven.blogspot.com)

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  17. like the kid room..and the book shelves...beautifully done.

    Roman shades concord, ca

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