Turn Rain Gutters Into Bookshelves

Here's an easy and inexpensive way to create bookshelves that are ideal for kids: rain gutters. The Raising Olives blog features a tutorial for this popular project, which can encourage children to read more.

Rain gutters are sturdy and take only a couple of hours to install, plus the total cost for a few shelves is probably under $50. With the book fronts facing out, kids are more likely to read more — and they can get and put away the books themselves.

You can see the step-by-step instructions in the blog post below. (An even cheaper idea which requires no sawing is to use IKEA spice racks, but the gutters give you a more custom wall-to-wall look.)

Rain Gutter Book Shelves: Tutorial [Raising Olives via Rob O'Daniel]


    they have sharp edges that you can easily cut yourself on, and they are not easy to install, buy a floating shelf from ikea for less than $20

      I think we have another case of a hack that only works due to house design trends that exist in the US, but not in Australia, as a reply to a comment mentions that the gutters are vinyl, which many stores in Australia probably don't stock due to them being unsuitable in the warmer areas of the country.

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