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25 Awesome DIY Ideas For Bookshelves

These easy and clever bookshelves look so much cooler than anything you can buy from a store. Finding creative ways to display books can be just as alluring as any kind of art.

1. Floating Bracket Bookshelves

2. Box Shelves from Ikea, Connected with Ordinary Office Binder Clips / Via

Click here for further instructions.

3. The Wall Bookmark Shelf

You could use a bracket, or buy the one pictured here for $32.

4. Ladder + Wood Bookshelves

Made with 2 ladders and planks of wood.

Or just one ladder will do for a smaller bookshelf.

5. Wallpapered Bookshelves

Click here for more details on how to make this yourself.

6. Leather Harness Hanging Bookshelf

Available for £89.00 from Rockett St. George. But you could probably also make this with some leather belts.

7. Hollowed-Out TV Bookcase

8. Another Ladder Bookshelf

Take a ladder apart and hang one side of it on the wall.

9. The Bookend Bookshelf

You can also buy this one in particular here from for $15.

10. Wooden Pallet Bookshelves

11. Another Example of a Wooden Pallet Bookshelf

12. Bookshelf Made from an Old Drawer

Click here for the full tutorial.

13. Industrial Pipe Shelving

This one's available for $349 from Etsy, and the seller, Stella Blue Designs, has many variations available.

Pipe shelving can also be easily DIYed.

14. Pipe + Wood Bookshelf

Click here for the instructions.

15. Storage Bench

Made from pine wood, metal crates, and casters. Click here for instructions.

16. Rope Bookshelf

For more detailed instructions, click here.

This one uses drawer pulls. Click here for more instructions.

17. Larger, More Industrial Hanging Rope Bookshelves

View the full tutorial here.

18. Bookshelf from Wooden Cable Spool and Ikea Casters

Click here for more instructions.

19. Wine Crate Wall Shelves

Click here for more elaborate instructions.

20. Magazine Holder Bookshelf

You can get one of these from Ikea, $9.99 for a set of 2. Get the incredibly simple instructions here.

21. Pegboard Using Colored Pencils and String

Not exactly a bookshelf, but books can certainly be incorporated. Full tutorial here.

22. Hanging Fabric Shelves

You'll need 2 curtain rods, 2 double curtain rod brackets, and some fabric. See the full tutorial here.


Ikea spice racks nailed to the sides of a dresser makes instant display bookshelves. Click here for more details.

24. Stacked Antique Benches

25. Stained Plywood Book Display Case


Just glue some birch plywood together and stain. Click here for the tutorial.

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