How to Build a Ladder Bookcase
This sleek DIY bookcase leans against the wall like a ladder and can be customized to fit nearly any small space. In just a few hours, you can turn stock lumber into a functional piece of furniture. Here's how to make it happen.
This slim, modern bookcase leans against a wall like a ladder and provides vertical storage for books, baskets, and home decor. While the bookcase has a beautiful handcrafted look, it is fairly simple to construct. While you're at it, consider building more than one bookcase to make a storage-packed statement wall.
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We built our bookcase from pine, however, most in-stock wood available at your local hardware store will also work. If you want to stain the bookcase, maple and poplar are ideal since they take stain evenly. If you'd like, you can finish the shelf with a few coats of polyurethane to allow the natural beauty of the wood to shine through.
You'll need an afternoon or evening to build the bookcase, plus an hour or so to finish with stain or paint. Make sure you're comfortable sawing, gluing, and clamping, as all three skills are needed for this project.