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Rain Gutter Bookshelves

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I have been on the hunt for some bookshelves for our girls’ room that are wall-mounted and display the fronts of their books. Thanks to this blog (that graciously awarded me some prizes recently), I discovered that you can use rain gutters to make front-facing bookshelves! The tutorial is here.

I looked into it a little further and it looks like the cost is about $3 per 10 linear feet! Can’t beat that. I think this project is perfect for a play room or nursery. Check out a few of the google images results:



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36 thoughts on “Rain Gutter Bookshelves

  1. How clever! I've been looking into some of those plate-display racks to use as a wall-mounted bookshelf for my daughter's room, but this would be equally charming, and probably much cheaper! Will have to check out my Brazilian gutter options!!

  2. Love this idea… I've been looking for ones from Pottery Barn/Land of Nod but haven't been able to justify the price… this is perfect! So glad you shared!!

  3. Very clever idea!
    Martha Stewart has a tutorial on her Crafts website as well-the Pottery Barn style bookshelf, very neat!

  4. Can't wait to see how it turns out! Such a creative way to use books as artwork as well. Much better than hiding them away in bookshelves!

  5. I love the front facing bookshelves and there's research to back them up. I did this for many years in my classroom because it actually encourages students to pick up more books to read. I wrote about it here:
    The gutters tend to be a little expensive when you factor in the brackets and end caps. They are almost as expensive as the gutters themselves. As a result, we ended up using IKEA wall shelves that basically do the same thing, but end up being cheaper:
    Hope this helps someone!

  6. I love that you posted this. I have the orange wall picture saved on my desktop, because I've been dying to make these book shelves for my kids- our problem, rain gutters are NOWHERE to be found in this desert cuz it never rains (less than 7 days/ year).
    I am jealous, but John came up with a plan b for book storage and we're plugging away trying to get that done and the rooms in order before Christmas.

    you ready for #3?

  7. Ooo, very cute. I hope they are stable though. Something looks a little wabbly, but then again, how heavy are children's books?

    Great solution!

  8. Oh Oh Oh OH !!!! You have just solved the HUGE dead space of wall between my DD room and the main bath !!!! Now to convince DH!!! THANK YOU !!!!

  9. I had seen these and thought them clever and cute, but I guess I'm in the minority in that I'd rather store books more efficiently. I guess having five kids housed in two smallish bedrooms will do that to you. In fact I've even been known to stack paperbacks on their sides all the way to the top of a shelf, or to double-stack narrow books. Anything to fit 'em all in there.

    Fortunately my kids DO get books off the shelf even without being able to see the fronts.

    I do think it's a fun idea if you have the space. Bethany's Ikea ones look very nice, too.

  10. once you get started with gutters the possiblities are endless…i have used copper gutters for everything from ribbon storage to a planters…charming!

  11. Wow, love it! I might need to do this. I have been THINKING and THINKING about how to store books in my kiddo's room. Right now, they are in bins on the floor. Yuck!

  12. Funny that you posted this. We're putting rain gutter shelves in our nursery. We randomly had a new rain gutter in the basement and I saw the same pictures floating around the internet recently and thought it was a perfect, and FREE idea for us!

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