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Making a Display Bookshelf for The Boy

February 14, 2012

The Boy already had a rail bookshelf on the wall above his bed for his Tintin collection, but when we changed his bed over to bunk-beds (for all the sleepovers he has) I decided to make a second rail bookshelf to put on the wall along the top bunk too. I like these bookshelves, as you can display collections of oversize books, and it’s easy for children to see which book is which.

I made these bookshelves quite easily using two strips of wood, one a bit narrower and thicker than the other. I glued them together with wood glue and then used little panel pins hammered in along regular intervals as well. I then attached the shelf to the wall using little brackets. It was very easy to contsruct. I haven’t painted the newest addition as I quite like the wood and The Boy’s room needs painting anyway so I might just paint it all in one go one day…

PS Don’t you just love Calvin and Hobbes?

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  1. February 14, 2012 9:31 pm

    Im totally doing something like this for my little boy’s new room! I perfer yours in comparison to the fabric versions out there because you can see the whole of the book!
    Question: Do you find they fall off?

    • February 15, 2012 9:21 am

      Sarah, the newest bookshelf I made for the top bunk that you can see in the photo is quite wide, so even with the big books like the Tintin books they don’t fall off as the ledge is wide enough for the books to lean back sufficiently. The botton bookshelf, which is slightly narrower, has a wire cord above it that helps hold the books in place to stop them falling if they topple forward.

      Books shouldn’t fall off provided you make them wide enough. It’s worth experimenting a bit and looking at what kind of books your son will be putting no them.

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