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DIY Toddler Bookshelf – Your Child Will Fall in Love with This Reading Nook

I am the first to admit, I am not a DIY type of Momma. Don’t get me wrong, I try. I am known for going overboard on the purchase of materials, only for it to end up disastrous. Oh, and the surplus of products I bought? Those end up being donated. Every. Single. Time.

But, my husband on the other hand – he is quite creative and handy. When he gets an idea in his head, there is no turning back. The difference is that he can create a near masterpiece out of nothing! He made my son his own magnetic chalkboard when the one he envisioned in his head was not found in the stores. The same can be said with his amazing toddler bookshelf he made a few years back.



This was Pinterest inspired, that much I remember. When he told me he wanted to make my baby a bookshelf out of rain gutters, I am near certain I shot him a glare. Even the photos online looked a bit harsh and industrial – super cool, but would not flow with the rest of our decor. Nonetheless, he had a vision, and by golly, it was going to work. With the help of my father, who was happy to insert himself into a project for the “grandbaby”, off to Lowes they went. For plastic rain gutters.

He brought home an off-white, 10 feet long beam, and I was feeling a tad concerned. He was not! After sawing the gutter into thirds, he then capped the ends. These caps were sold right next to the plastic gutters at the department store. I personally wanted to share that, because I know nothing about the exterior of our house, or that maintenance (these are my confessions).

After finding the studs in the wall, the rest is history. They hold a lot of books, and this is a recent picture, but we have been rocking these for over 3 years now. It is interesting to see how my pictures over the years have evolved from baby board books to those of particular interest. We rounded out the space with an oversized chair and a monkey pillow for the youngest so they would feel inclined to hang out and read more! Do you have a reading nook in your house?

Amy Douglas is a Certified Sleep Consultant at Baby Sleep Central. Recently named as one of the Best Sleep Consultants in the United States, Douglas works with parents of children from Birth – Age 6. Help your baby, toddler, or child sleep more independently, starting tonight.


6 thoughts on “DIY Toddler Bookshelf – Your Child Will Fall in Love with This Reading Nook”

  1. Oh this is just SO sweet! We have had to replace our toddler shelves with actual bookcases now as the kiddies are that bit older (4 and 5) and get a book each week instead of pocket money for doing their chores. Consequently we have a mini library on the go, but reading is such an important habit to get the kiddies into, and starting them so young is great. Keep up the good work mama!

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