How to Build a Bookshelf with Two Ladders and Planks of Wood

Build a Bookshelf with Two Ladders

Bookshelves don’t always come in the style that you’re looking to find. That can be a real bummer when it comes to matching furniture. Fortunately, if you’re looking for a more rustic aesthetic, there are ways to make your own bookshelf from ladders and wood!

A Homemade Look for a Rustic Aesthetic

Finding the perfect bookshelf at a furniture store can take days, weeks, or even months, and even then you might end up getting stuck with something that doesn’t quite match the aesthetic for which you’re searching. Making your own bookshelf completely circumvents that difficulty.

Homemade Furniture

You’re going to need accurately measured planks of different lengths, drills, chalk, pencils, and of course safety equipment such as gloves and goggles. If you’re looking for information on how to build a ladder shelf, consider building this instead as it’s more secure and less likely to collapse.

First things first, set up the ladder (preferably a wooden ladder, as metal ladders can be more difficult to drill through) in a nice, open workspace. Begin by sanding off awkward or misshapen lumps, knots, and splinters. This will make for a smoother, more symmetrical bookshelf.

The next step is to attach the shelves. Make sure to use the smallest shelf at the top and work downward to the largest shelf, accounting for the distances between the steps on the ladder. Firmly attach the shelves with screws near each of the corners of the plank. Four screws should do.

This video should help if you have any additional questions or concerns going forward:


There you have it! Your own, hand-made bookshelf with a rustic, homey feel. This could fit anywhere a ladder can stand and can easily be disassembled to make moving easier. Enjoy!


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