Do it Yourself Project: Rain Gutter Bookshelves

Not very long ago my daughter made the big transition from a crib to a twin bed and “big girl bedroom.” I had so much fun decorating and looking for ideas to make her bedroom feel as comfortable and warm as possible. One thing that was certain was that I wanted her to have bookshelves. She enjoyed books and I only wanted to continue to encourage her to read! I began looking into different styles of bookshelves and I came to the decision that shelving for the wall was a must (in order to save space and I really liked the look). However, I was not too thrilled to discover that these bookshelves were going to cost us an arm and a leg! So, in an attempt to both save money as well as find something that would look great in a kids room, I began utilizing the internet to find a do-it-yourself project. I FOUND ONE and it’s pretty ingenious! Rain gutter bookshelves! The best part is that they are actuallly encourage children to read since they are able to see the front covers of the books instead of just the binding. The theory behind the rain gutter bookshelves

Items needed:

*Note: we purchased our supplies at Home Depot but you should be able to get them at pretty much any home imporovement store

  • Vinyl rain gutters (we purchased one 10 ft. white vinyl rain gutter to make the 3 shelves!)
  • Brackets for the rain gutters
  • End caps for the rain gutters. Be sure to get the appropriate number of right and left end caps.
  • Screws that will fit through the hole in the brackets (the type of screw you use depends on the kind of wall you have so you will want to check with an expert – possibly someone who works at a home improvement store like Home Depot)
  • Hack saw (for cutting the rain gutter to the size shelves you want – we made 3 shelves measuring about 3 ft. each)
  • Sand paper
  • Sharpie marker
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Level
  • Marking pencil
  • Stud finder (unless you either don’t need to worry about screwing into studs or you know what you are doing)

For the original supply list and step-by-step directions with pictures Click here!

The result: A kid-friendly book display that my daughter loves! (Hint: since the top two shelves are a bit out of Caroline’s reach, my husband and I will periodically rotate the books so she can have the variety while maintaining the independence to choose the books she wants to read from the lower shelf!)

20 thoughts on “Do it Yourself Project: Rain Gutter Bookshelves

  1. I love this!! I have been wanting to do this for my in home daycare, and in my daughters room. Thank you for the steps and detail on how you did it 🙂 I have a question for you, how many board books do you think fits easily on each shelf? I have a ton of books and am just trying to decide how many shelves and how long I want them to be. Thanks again!

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  4. Really really cute! I’ve also seen something similar made out of Ikea spice racks but like these better. Sarah, I had no idea. Will be rethinking book storage in our new house. Thanks to you both for the tips.

  5. WOW! I looooove this idea!! I really do! I really love bookshelves that allow young children to see the covers of books not just the spines. I actually learned about the benefits of this at a professional development day for educators. It’s hard to find affordable ones that accomplish this goal. We have some from Target but they’re not sturdy at all, and the educational supply company ones are super pricey. Thanks for this idea!!!

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