24 Amazing DIY Bookshelf Ideas with Plans You Can Make Easily

Last updated on May 10, 2024

Do you want to build a DIY bookshelf this weekend? Here are 24 ideas with plans and tutorials to guide you through.

A bookshelf is one of the most important pieces of furniture you can have in your living room. First of all, it solves your storage needs.

Secondly, it has a tremendous impact on your DIY home decor in the way of display features. There might be no better way to put your books or collectibles on the show!

So, as you already know, today we’re building a DIY bookshelf. And to do that we have to choose the right plans and instructions.

This has been our quest, and the result is this beautiful list of 25 DIY bookshelf ideas. We invite you to check it out and use them to build your bookshelf.

How to Build a Wooden Bookshelf

Rustic DIY Bookshelf
Tutorial #1: jenwoodhouse.com

This is one of the signature rustic DIY bookshelf ideas. Put an empty corner space to good use and purpose. This fantastic DIY bookshelf project is a great choice for anyone with carpeting skills, as well as anyone curious enough to give it a try.

The bookshelf sides have unique X-shaped decor, which is composed additionally. The shelves come in the end, secured well into the frame, and looking glorious and chic.

To make these small shelves, you will need laminated plywood, precise measuring and sewing skills, and a few other techniques to master, as well. Although a more ambitious project, a pro in the field would find it enjoyable and inspiring.

Boat Bookshelf
Tutorial #3: homehardware.ca

A unique and creative DIY bookshelf made form a real boat! This boat bookshelf idea is made with plywood, maple, and pine, as well as a set of skills that an experienced handyman would have no problem with.

Encouraging all craftsmen to take part as well, this bookshelf looks amazing once put up on display in your office or living room.

Pallet wood DIY Bookshelf
Tutorial #4: jenwoodhouse.com

This extraordinary bookshelf design made of reclaimed wood speaks of charm, rustic vibes, and a slice of fresh apple pie, to be honest. What you’ll need is a handful of two-dimension palettes, which are supposed to become bookshelf drawers.

Not the most challenging task to complete, this DIY bookshelf project will leave your guests in awe once completed. For extra effect, keep the shelves uneven, and the paint as rustic as it gets.

IKEA Hack DIY Bookshelf
Tutorial #5: erinspain.com

Why waste time on creating a bookshelf from scratch, when you can cut yourself hours of work and remodel this incredible and plain-looking IKEA bookshelf?

Easy to compose and polish, this bookshelf won’t cost you much, and it will still be a statement piece in your home. Make sure you choose lively prints and paint to create an instant fairytale-like vibe!

Old DIY Bookshelf
Tutorial #6: redouxinteriors.com

Are you into cheap, yet delightful DIY projects to give your living room some charisma? Then, find yourself an old two-level bookcase, and let’s get started.

This bookshelf is already assembled so what you’ll want to do is create the elegant top alone and then get to painting and bringing the elements together. Use two paints for the bookshelf’s top and insides and allow opposites to attract magnificently.

DIY Toscana bookshelf
Tutorial #7: jenwoodhouse.com

Some things you can buy but other things are so easily made that you can save by building them. And here’s a tutorial with plans that you can follow to create a beautiful rustic Toscana bookshelf for your home.

Can it get any easier than this? Probably not. You can build a beautiful rustic bookshelf from large wooden crates, and all you have to do is fix them together and paint them. You even get a tutorial to follow to make it even easier.

Do you like those IKEA Billy bookshelves? They’re so simple, and they’re perfect for a simple job of storage or display. Well, you can create such a simple bookshelf yourself, and it’s quite easy if you follow the tutorial.

DIY rustic bookshelf
Tutorial #10: www.diypete.com

Do you like rustic home decor accents? You can build such a tall narrow rustic bookshelf at home only for $60. It’s pretty straightforward, and there’s a tutorial for you to make it easy.

rolling bookshelf
Tutorial #11: cherishedbliss.com

This Restoration Hardware rolling bookshelf knock-off is a real treat for the eyes. If you like elements of farmhouse style in your home decor, you need this bookshelf. The tutorial will make it easy for you to build it yourself.

pallet bookshelf
Tutorial #12: thecraftcrib.com

Anything made from pallet wood looks warm rustic and exciting. If you like the look, you can easily make such a bookshelf yourself for your home. Check out the tutorial for more information on how to do it.

Pallet wood is perfect for a simple bookcase, and you can build one at home. Such a bookcase made of pallets is very functional with lots of storage space, and it has a lot of decor appeal with its rustic look. Check out this tutorial to see how you can build it.

X tall bookshelf
Tutorial #14: www.ana-white.com

The Rustic X design is one of the most popular woodworking plans, and we can’t argue with its popularity – it does look appealing. The good news is that you can quickly build it yourself by using the plans from Ana White. Check out the plans and the tutorial on how to create this fantastic rustic X tall bookshelf at home.

DIY Pipe Bookshelf

Wood and Pipe Bookshelf
Tutorial #15: the-brick-house.com

This easy-to-do bookshelf is extended from top to bottom of the wall but still allows plenty of background decor to come into play. If you have a bunch of old water pipes to spare, repurposing them as the bookshelf would be brilliant.

Play around with pipe sizes to create a wall frame and choose the right positioning for your shelves, so the wall still oozes dynamics.

industrial rustic piping bookshelf
Tutorial #16: www.hgtv.com

Piping gives a bookshelf frame this rustic industrial look that makes your home decor much more interesting. Working pipes into the design of this bookshelf take some effort, but you have a tutorial to follow which makes it so much easier.

industrial rustic shelves
Tutorial #17: akeenlife.com

Build a frame from piping with rustic shelves for an attractive piece of furniture for your home. The style is striking, and you can build it quite quickly. Just follow the tutorial and you’ll love it.

Ladder Bookshelf

Ladder DIY Bookshelf
Tutorial #18: apairandasparediy.com

A spectacular approach to modern-day bookshelves as an alternative, with a unique ladder-inspired structure that covers all bases and purposes, but still delivers the desired retro effect.

You will need a ladder for the shelves, just one you never use around the house, or an affordable pre-purchased one. You will also require shelves that can be found in all the shades you like.

DIY Bookcase

Wallpapered DIY Bookshelf
Tutorial #19: blog.homedepot.com

This DIY bookshelf design is more than exuberant in color and concept. Practical and useful, it can brighten up space in any room of the house.

The materials needed for the piece include a wallpaper of your choice (the brighter, the better), headboards, shelves, and a handful of other supplies you can find in any department store. Completing the project might require some skills regarding precision and an eye for detail.

Office DIY Bookshelf
Tutorial #20: ohohblog.com

This is one of the easiest DY bookshelf projects even for beginners. The design itself takes a much-sophisticated shape, which is easy to achieve with wood paint. But, you’ll also need a few other elements, such as boards for shelves, glue and of course, a love for what you do.

Play around with shelf sizes and depths and keep the palette contrast alive through the entire piece. With aligning and assembling all bits right, you’d get a reasonably cheap bookcase that exudes confidence and style in your living room.

Ironbound DIY Bookshelf
Tutorial #21: homemade-modern.com

What better way to show some sass and class at the same time, if not with this fancy and narrow bookcase? This DIY piece is a true eye-grabber, and it is not as difficult to execute, as one might think.

The materials that this design is made of are a set of iron and wooden shelf-shaped boards. Sawing and drilling are involved so keep these skills in mind. However, the project is relatively simple to carry out, and honestly, who doesn’t need a glamorous bookcase in their living room?

Dollhouse Bookshelf

Dollhouse Bookshelf
Tutorial #22: simpleasthatblog.com

Coming straight out of a Disney movie, this small bookshelf look is made of old bookshelves divided into sections with extra wood partitions as shelves. A few other elements are needed as well including a custom-made ‘roof’ and a bunch of pastel shades to give the piece some mellowness.

Wall Bookshelves

The built-in design of the shelves is the cornerstone of modern interior decor style. Not only that, but built-in shelves also save a lot of space by providing space for storage. And while it may not be as simple to make such shelves, this tutorial shows you the easy way.

Unique Hexagon Shelves

Source #24: homenish.com

The unique design of these little display shelves makes a great wall decor accent. The shape is visually interesting and makes a great small surface for houseplants or collectibles. You can even stack up some books on these.

Can you make these yourself? Sure enough. If you’ve followed any of the previous tutorials you will see that putting 6 boards together to make a hexagon isn’t a difficult task. Just cut the ends at the correct angle and use wood glue to put them together.


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