|The Land of Nod's Book Ledges - $20 Each|
|The Book Ledges I Built for under $30|
The first step was to measure the space. I decided I wanted mine to be 38 inches long. The best part of making them myself was the fact that I could customize the length.
I went to Home Depot and had my wood cut. This is what I got to make my three shelves:
- 6 - 1 x 3 @ 38 inches long
- 3 - 1 x 2 @ 38 inches long
Now we don't own any fancy tools or gadgets. I found a few tutorials online but they all required special drill bits and other items I didn't have. To keep this easy and cheap, I knew I had to figure out a way to build the shelves with only my drill or screwdriver.
I found these brackets in one of the aisles at Home Depot and decided to use them to attach my pieces of wood together.
I laid one of the 1 x 3's flat on the ground and took the other 1 x 3 and lined it up to the back edge to make an L shape. I fastened them together using three corner brackets: left, middle, and right. The L brackets are on the back of the shelves so you won't see them.
For extra support and since I had extra, I added a flat bracket to the side of each shelf. You can't even see these after I painted the shelves.
I'm actually very pleased with the end result. They look very nice with all the books on them. The best part has been watching Connor just go up and start reading his books.
So with a few pieces of wood, a drill and some brackets you can build your own book ledges also!! And instead of paying $20 for each shelf, you can do it for less than $30.
That means it is time to order some fun, new books for Connor.
I hope this inspires you to build your own book ledges. Have a great week!!