Making use of an empty corner in my girls bedroom to add some much need storage. I built this DIY tower shelf using lots of scrap boards and plywood pieces I had on hand and then painted everything glossy white. And now we have beautifully organized shelving that allows my girls to see and store with ease.
A DIY tutorial to build an open tower shelf. Make use of vertical space and build this tower shelf to organize books, display photos and more.
We desperately needed some bookshelves for my girls schoolbooks. This tower shelf convienently solves a storage problem and lives in an otherwise unused corner of their bedroom.
- vertical storage space
- visible from all sides
- easily accessible
- makes use of corner
You can see I truly built these tower shelves from all sorts of scrap pieces. Some were previously painted so I had a mix of finishes and then used an oil based spray primer to give everything a fresh base. I put together plans down below so you can build this tower shelf too!
Teen Girls Bedroom Basics:
- nightstand with plenty of storage for secret journals and eye masks
- desk space with desktop organization
- pin board to hang momentos
- corner tower shelf bookshelves
Click here for printable PDF version of the tower shelf plans.
- 8 – 2x2x8
- 1 – ¾” plywood full sheet 4’ x 8’
- 1 ¼” pocket hole screws
- 2 ½” pocket hole screws
- 2” wood screws
- Wood glue
- miter saw
- pocket hole jig
- table saw or circular saw
- drill and drill bits
- socket wrench
- leveling feet
Begin by following the cut list in the plans and make all your pocket holes.
Then build the side panels. I highly suggest using a scrap wood spacer cut to size to ensure equal spacing when attaching the legs.
I decided to make two tower shelves, one for each of my girls, so I needed 10 shelves. You will attach the long side trim directly to the shelf pieces and then attach the whole piece to the side panels.
Lastly add the top to cap off the tower shelf.
I found a little bit of cove moulding in my stash so I decided to add to trim out the top edge for a little bit of fancy.
- One coat of Cover Stain oil based primer. Sand well.
- Two coats of White Gloss spray paint.
And to make it work in our wonky antique home where none of the floors are level I added leveling feet to the bottom of the legs.
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