Are you running out of room for all those kids books? I was, but I had tons of unused space for them. You might too!
This 1-day storage hack works on cabinets and furniture. It’s a great way to avoid putting more storage on the floor, when you’re running out of space. This DIY Kids Book Storage Idea doubles the space on cabinets, dressers, desks, etc.
And the build is so simple. You can use lumber, MDF, or plywood for this build. If you have enough scraps already, like I did, bonus!! You can adjust the length and depth on this build to fit your space perfectly. Just be sure to run a support under long shelves to prevent sag. I used a 1×3 for mine.
You could also add trim and dress this hack up, if you’d like. I just went for quick and simple. This is the kind of build that I probably won’t need in 2 or 3 years. So, no need to go over the top on design. Especially when I’m knee deep in my boy’s bedroom makeover and all the builds I’m doing in there. 🙂
But I am on my yearly organization kick too. So, I had to fit this in. You can also check out my DIY Lazy Susan storage box. It made my spice storage cabinet so much easier to use and access.
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Materials for this DIY Kids Book Storage Idea
Note: You can adjust the width and depth of this shelf for your space. This is just what I used for mine. 🙂
- 3/4″ plywood, MDF or lumber
- 1″x2″ or 1″x3″ pine or similar – this will be used as the shelf support to prevent sag
- Wood Glue, 150-grit Sandpaper, and Brad Nails
- Brad Nailer OR Drill for assembly
- Circular Saw and optional Cutting Guide (see photo below for example)
- Power Sander (optional), Clamps, Paint Brushes or Paint Sponges
- Wood Filler & Putty Knife
- Whichever spray, latex or chalk paint works for you. I used the trim paint I use in my house so that this simple shelf blends into the room.
- Polyurethane, like Minwax Polycrylic in Clear Matte
DIY Kids Book Storage Idea Tutorial Steps
Design Note: I used glue and brad nails for assembly. BUT, if you don’t have a brad nailer, you could glue, clamp, then screw the boards together using something like these brackets. Just hide the brackets under the shelf. You can prime and paint them too.
- Decide on the best size for your space. I went for: 1 – 48″ long 10″ deep shelf, 2 – 20″ high 10″ deep sides, and 1 – 48″ long 1″x3″ board.
- Cut your pieces to size.
- Sand all sides and edges of the boards and lumber.
- Glue and clamp the lumber shelf support to the shelf. You want the 3/4″ length of the board glued to the shelf. This is the strong side of the board that will prevent sag. If you glued the flat 2″ or 3″ side here, it would still sag, since boards can bend a bit naturally there.
- Nail the pieces together every 6″ or so.
- Wipe away any excess glue with a clean, damp cloth.
- For the sides, line up the front of the sides with the front of the shelf before gluing and nailing in place. If you don’t want to worry about perfection, you can make your sides 1″ wider than the shelf, then just center that shelf on the wider sides.
- Wipe away excess glue on each side again.
- Once dry, fill cracks and rough edges of plywood with wood filler and allow to dry.
- Sand all areas with wood filler smooth.
- Prime then paint the shelf. Apply a polyurethane to protect the finish.
Or add extra storage and organization with this big DIY Wooden Toy Crate.
Looking for a more advanced build? This DIY Chunky Leg Farmhouse Bench is one of my favorites. And it works as a coffee table if you go for a full wood top. My DIY L-Shaped Backyard Bench is also a great build.
Feeling inspired? Get out there and make your own DIY Kids Book Storage Idea. Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.