I thought it would be fun to repost this popular DIY project we did last year. These rain gutter bookshelves, have served us well. This wall in our homeschool room has changed quite a big and I will show you in a future post how our school room functions now. We still use these bookshelves every day, and I love the flexibility of them. Enjoy!
Homeschool Room Rain Gutter Bookshelves
Homeschool Project #1: Rain Gutter Bookshelves.
I have been seeing rain gutter bookshelves online for several years, and couldn’t wait to try this inexpensive way to display books and make reading much more interactive for my kids. I love the way the rain gutter shelves encourage reading, but also become the art on the wall. The array of color is very stimulating. You feel like you are in a candy store!
Here is how we did the project.
Supplies We used for Project:
- 3- 10 foot lengths of PVC rain gutters
- 9 gutter braces (we used 3 per 8 foot length)
- 6 gutter end caps (2 per shelf)
- hack saw
- stud finder (if you need one)
- cordless screw driver
- Total cost of project under $50.00
- The gutters were only $5.88 each. The braces and end caps added the additional cost.
- Total time for project: 45 minutes.
Mark and cut rain gutters to desired length with hack saw. – we cut ours to 8 foot lengths, you can choose whatever works for you.
Locate studs and mark them on wall.
Have one person hold the gutter and the level, and the other person can screw in the braces. If you are using shorter lengths you can adjust the amount of braces needed.
We spaced our rain gutters 16 inches apart from each other. I have seen all kinds of ways that people do these, varying the distance between shelves. I wanted mine to work with most book sizes, and we grabbed a variety of our books to check for adequate height ahead of time.
Slide on end caps.
Here is a good photo to show how the braces were spaced to hold the weight of the gutter and the books.
Here is the Before/After photo to see what this wall looked like before we started the room redo. We had bookshelves that were always hard to keep neat. We took them out and love this solution so much more.
My report: Within minutes of putting up the first rain gutter bookshelf, our kids ran to get their books and started filling them up as fast as they could. That was then followed by lots of reading! Just what we wanted.
I think next we are going to put some of these in our boy’s bedroom.
Maybe you would like to try rain gutter bookshelves? This is a simple and fun project that yields big results.
**For those of you looking for the Life In Bloom link up. I have decided to let it go at this time. Thank you for participating!