Handbuilt Holiday week 5 and today we have a midcentury inspired modern bookshelf sized just right for kids. Ana White and I aim to provide a variety of gift build ideas for this series and today is a more practical plan with these bookshelves. We have a ton of fun projects that are geared more towards play (see them here) but we also like to mix in a few purposeful projects like these modern bookshelves.
Ana designed this bookshelf with kids in mind, it’s the perfect height for small humans with easy access to both shelves. The angled legs have plenty of support and add a modern design element.
Although not intentional these bookshelves fit perfectly under the eaves in our upstairs hallway. If you have eaves in your home and are looking for a furniture piece to fit that space definitely consider these bookshelves for a great storage solution.
I absolutely love the tilted bottom shelf that is able to store books both flat on display and also upright which increases the storage capacity.
And the top shelf is plenty deep enough to hold books, even large picture books and knick knacks too.
Ana has the plans here, be sure to read through entirely before beginning and scroll down for my tips and notes on the building process.
For the bottom shelf front apron ledge you want to make the pocket holes in the middle of that 1×4 piece. This will give you a solid connection when attaching the shelves to the legs.
Also I highly suggest painting the legs BEFORE attaching the shelves and supports. Silly me was in a rush to get this piece built so I wasn’t thinking about the finish process until after it was built.
Thank you for joining Ana and I for this Handbuilt Holiday series. We enjoy putting together gift plans we hope readers will find useful and fun to give as gifts for the holiday season. Be sure to share your builds on social media and tag us, we love seeing your projects!