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DIY Rain Gutter Book Shelves

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The minute I saw these, I knew I had to have them!  We have got a TON of books because I have a hard time not buying books for the kids because I want them to love to read. You should see my Amazon.com Wishlist!  I've always liked the cloth book holders where the books face forward.  The idea behind shelving that allows books to face forward is that if kids can see the covers of books, they are more likely to read it.  But those book holders can be pricey! Rain gutter book shelves work just as well and are really cheap!

The only material we used for our shelves was a 10 foot vinyl gutter that cost $5.37 (well, and and a few screws). We did not use brackets or end caps as suggested in the directions. Two end caps were the same price as the gutter! I would've needed 3 sets and I just didn't feel like spending the money. Instead, we sanded down the ends after we cut them up.  If someone pokes an eye out, then I'll go get the end caps (promise!). My husband tried to use clips to put up the shelves, but ended up just drilling straight through the gutter into the wall and it worked just fine.

Total cost: $5.37

Ella got a 5 foot shelf next to her bed (the bottom bunk).

Miles got two,  2.5 foot shelves next to his bed.

Both kids are thrilled with their new shelves and I think they look great!  Now I need to think of more places to hang more shelves!

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4 Comments
  • Ricki Potter
    May 17, 2014

    II have seen a lot of these as well, and I am dying to try it for my toddler. I have only found style K for the gutters and they seem to be shaped funny. Are these the ones you used? Thanks for the input on this!!!

    • Camille
      May 18, 2014

      Hi Ricki! I’m not sure which gutters we used. I just found ones I liked at the hardware store.

  • Camille
    August 2, 2011

    Thanks for stopping by, BresBaubles! BresBaubles has a Shutterfly giveaway on her blog if anyone wants to click that link and enter! 🙂

  • BresBaubles
    August 2, 2011

    Wow! That is super creative and fun. I love it! I am stopping by from the Blogelina Community and am going to follow your blog! You had me at hello! lol. Check me out if you have time: http://bresbaubles.blogspot.com