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Thursday, January 13, 2011

{library bookshelves}



I've tried several different ways to store library books, but none of them ever worked like I wanted them to. Finally I decided to design bookshelves specifically for library books, and I'm so pleased with the end result.

They will hold books of all sizes--from my babies' small board books up to the very tall storybooks that can be so tricky to store. I also wanted to add the slats in the middle to make it easier for my little ones to get them in and out, and not have books falling over from weight. I have a place in my music room/library designated just for these shelves, and everyone will know exactly where they go!

It's made from MDF, with beadboard backing, and a pine face frame.

Dimensions:

Total height: 25.5 inches
Total width: 20.5 inches

Tall section width: 9 inches (including face frame), divided into 2 sections
2 shelf section: 12.5 inches (including face frame)
Top shelf: Divided into 2 sections, 5.5 inches for books (each)
Bottom shelf: Divided into 3 sections, 3.75 inches for books (each)

Of course I had to pull out my Silhouette and cut out some text out of vinyl for the top of the shelves. It's the perfect touch!



LOVE it!
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27 Comments:

Blogger WobiSobi said...

So Cute!!!

January 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

i LOVE this! I think I'll be bugging my hubby to figure out how to make us one! (or try it myself!)

January 13, 2011 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

CUTE!!! This an awesome idea!

January 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Kelli @ RTSM said...

Such a cute idea! I always have trouble storing those extra large picture books that we borrow from the library!

January 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Your bookshelf ROCKS!!! I want one!

January 13, 2011 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger TheOnesInColorado said...

I'd love to know the dimensions you used! It looks really nice!

January 13, 2011 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

How awesome! Love it!

January 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger sbodier_1 said...

AHHH! I love it! You are so creative!

January 13, 2011 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

GREAT idea! I've been looking for some book storage ideas and I love this! The dividing slats are genius!

January 13, 2011 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Shawna said...

Very cute! I have an antique shelf unit from an old roll top desk that is very similar to your shelf. I just haven't had the heart to paint it.

January 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Randi said...

That's brilliant!

January 13, 2011 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

That is awesome!

January 13, 2011 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger lynn said...

what an awesome project, kierste! love it:)

January 13, 2011 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Lei said...

What a perfect idea!

January 13, 2011 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Erin Eberhart said...

Love Love Love! Ironic that we both posted something about books today! I'll certainly have to get one of these for my classroom! Thanks for sharing :)
Erin
http://eberhartsexplorers.blogspot.com/

January 13, 2011 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger mrs. c said...

I need this in my pre-k classroom, I have rain gutters that I love but I think this is a great way to keep library books organized!

January 13, 2011 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I love this shelf! I would like it on my desk to hold my paper and supplies! Excellent job!

myhomeroad.blogspot.com

January 13, 2011 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Candice said...

Oh my goodness...what a great idea! And that you built it - then put directions for us to build it too. Fantastic!!

January 13, 2011 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

What a genius you are! I wish I would have had this--I tried many ideas but nothing worked real well. Your mind must never stop as many ideas you come up with. I'm :-) because I love your ideas!

January 14, 2011 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Corners of My Life said...

Did you design this and build it? I am very impressed.

January 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Wow! that is fantastic!! I love it! now I need one, too!

January 14, 2011 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Jenny! said...

very NICE!! great project love the vinyl letters that was a nice touch! :)

January 14, 2011 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger PhotoPuddle said...

Wow, what a fantastic idea!!

January 14, 2011 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Thoughts from my Page said...

Love it! One like that would be perfect for my grandson's room. Thanks.

January 14, 2011 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger Jaclyn said...

This is awesome! So much better than trying to find them under my daughter's bed/the couch/a table/etc.

January 14, 2011 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger EileenJ said...

Love it! So Smart!!

January 15, 2011 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger The Stump Clan said...

I love this- could you tell me what font you used for the lettering? Thanks-
Molly

February 8, 2011 at 2:35 PM  

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