47 In Dimes/ DIY/ Projects

DIY Book Ledges | One Room Challenge: Week 4

Hi! Patrick here for Week 4 of our One Room Challenge nursery project hosted by Calling It Home and House Beautiful.  This week we highlight DIY Book Ledges placed beside the glider in Baby Girl’s nursery.  I really enjoyed this project for two reasons.  One: it was really easy and quickly came together (can’t say that about every project Diana and I have found ourselves in).  Two: I absolutely love how the book ledges turned out in this space!

If you missed weeks 1-3 you can check them out here:

Nursery Mood Board and Plans

IKEA Algot Closet Makeover

Modern Shiplap Wall DIY

I must say there are good vibes in this room, especially when with my wife and daughter.

(Some links are affiliated for your ease of shopping.)



We have 4 ledges at 4ft in length on the wall.  To make the ledges, we purchased  2 1X2 boards and 4 1X4 boards at 8ft segments. Each 8ft board was cut in half and utilized, leaving no scraps! As a cost engineer, I was stoked about the efficiency of material used.

Using a Kreg Jig pocket hole kit, we pre-drill holes to fasten the ledge front and back to the bottom.  This allows the screws to be hid from sight and also provides great strength to the ledge.  Clamps are a must for this step.

We wanted the ledges to have a vibrant yet natural look.  So, Diana used 2 coats of  Miniwax Golden Oak wood stain and 1 coat of Miniwax satin polyurethane to achieve this.

We measured and marked the wall with the studs where the shelves would go. I pre-drilled holes aligning with the studs on the back of each book ledge using a countersink bit.  This gave a nice finished look and made the mounting process much easier.

Our ledges highlight brilliant illustrations that are imaginative and original; like immediate art displayed on your wall in a casual way. They are accessible and easy to switch the look around to keep the wall fresh. So I ask, ‘Why hide such beauty tucked away in a book shelf, when you can easily make a book ledge?’ 

For in-depth instruction on creating the ledges, refer to this post by Ana White. It’s the one we used as inspiration for our ledges. She lays out excellent step-by-step instructions, but you can easily customize the ledges, like we did, to make them your own.

I have read a few books to Baby Girl already and look forward to exploring new worlds within those pages with her when she arrives . 

I’m interested… What children’s book holds a special place in your heart? Let me know in the comments below.


You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    April 26, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Love the book ledges!

  • Reply
    April 26, 2017 at 10:25 am

    These turned out so great! I love how simple they are but they let you make a big impact!

  • Reply
    Tee @ Beauteeful Living
    April 26, 2017 at 11:56 am

    These ledges came out so nice! Better than store bought!

    • Reply
      April 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks! And much more affordable too 😉

  • Reply
    April 26, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Aww, the space is really coming together! Great little project too.

    • Reply
      April 26, 2017 at 7:10 pm
        Thanks Ariel!
  • Reply
    April 26, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    I love the little side table beside the glider. Where did you find it?

    • Reply
      April 26, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      I found it at Ross, actually.

  • Reply
    April 26, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    This room is so sweet and such a great little project too! 🙂

    • Reply
      April 26, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks Kim!! 🙂

  • Reply
    April 26, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    These are adorable for the nursery! love it! and seems very easy to do too!

  • Reply
    Indya | TheSmallAdventurer
    April 27, 2017 at 6:08 am

    I love this way of displaying books! Just having their spine showing saves a lot of room, but you miss out on seeing all the beautiful covers that books can have!

    I have far too many books to display them all this way, but when I have my own house (one day!) I might choose the ones with the prettiest covers and display them on a ledge shelf, it really is a lovely thing to look at. Looks like this room is really coming together ☺️


  • Reply
    April 27, 2017 at 8:40 am

    The book ledges are so pretty! Love the stain color!

  • Reply
    April 27, 2017 at 11:30 am

    these look great! and my favorite part was reading about the good vibes…. such a cute happy family!

    • Reply
      April 27, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks Cassie! 🙂 We’re certainly excited for our new edition!

  • Reply
    April 27, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    They look great! I’m about halfway done with the book ledges I’m building for our nursery, and I just picked up the exact same stain color on Tuesday! I can’t wait to see the finished room!

    • Reply
      April 27, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      That’s great!! I love the look of the natural wood.

  • Reply
    April 28, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Love the idea of making them on my own! I was planning on buying as I want to add book shelves to my work room, but now you got me thinking…

    • Reply
      April 28, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      To make shelves as long as we did, it definitely saved us tons of money by doing it ourselves. As long as you have the tools, it’s a fairly simple DIY. Best of luck!

  • Reply
    Jamie Lott
    April 28, 2017 at 10:54 am

    You guys are adorable! And I love those shelves. I’ve always wanted to try those myself. Maybe in out playroom? When I finally get to the room that is. 😉

    • Reply
      April 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      I think they would be great in a playroom! I totally understand that it takes time to get to all of our rooms. People expect to move in and get everything done right away. It definitely takes a lot of time…and money! The journey is fun though.

  • Reply
    April 28, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Love the stain finish on those! I just hung up this exact style of bookshelves for my cousin, and I love how they look with all the books. Can’t wait to see how the room turns out!

    • Reply
      April 28, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Andi!! 😉

  • Reply
    Diane Rath
    April 29, 2017 at 8:37 am

    These are awesome! And I agree, book covers are art and should be displayed as such! Over here, we are partial to “The Pout Pout Fish,” “Little Blue Truck,” and “Llama Llama Red Pajama!”

  • Reply
    May 1, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    LOVE love these ledges! So perfect for a nursery 🙂 Can’t wait to see the rest of the space!

  • Reply
    May 3, 2017 at 2:55 am

    The shelves turned out beautifully! Love them!

  • Reply
    December 24, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    fantastic issues altogether, you simply received
    a brand new reader. What may you suggest in regards to your submit that you
    simply made a few days in the past? Any positive?

  • Reply
    Organic Scientific CBD Oil Reviews
    December 26, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Hi there, all the time i used to check website posts here in the early hours in the dawn, for the reason that i enjoy to find out more and more.

    Feel free to surf to my web page: Organic Scientific CBD Oil Reviews

  • Reply
    DivaTrim Keto
    December 26, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    I am sure this paragraph has touched all the internet users, its really really nice paragraph on building up new webpage.

    my site … DivaTrim Keto

  • Reply
    LumoStat Skin Cream Review
    December 26, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your site.
    Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues?
    A couple of my blog audience have complained about my website not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox.

    Do you have any solutions to help fix this problem?

    Feel free to visit my web site; LumoStat Skin Cream Review

  • Reply
    Green Leaf Healing CBD Tincture
    December 26, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Loving the information on this website, you have done great job
    on the articles.

    my web-site Green Leaf Healing CBD Tincture

  • Reply
    December 27, 2020 at 1:05 am

    Hi there, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and
    i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam comments?
    If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any assistance is very
    much appreciated.

  • Reply
    magic mushrooms chocolate
    December 27, 2020 at 9:06 am

    I really like your blog.. very nice colors &
    theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it
    for you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to construct
    my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from.

  • Reply
    Keto Slim Cuts Pills
    December 27, 2020 at 9:16 am

    hey there and thank you for your information – I’ve certainly picked up anything new from right here.
    I did however expertise some technical issues using this web site, as I experienced to reload the
    site a lot of times previous to I could get it to load properly.
    I had been wondering if your web host is OK?
    Not that I am complaining, but slow loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and can damage your high quality score if
    advertising and marketing with Adwords. Well I’m adding this RSS to my email and could look out for a lot more of your respective interesting content.
    Make sure you update this again very soon..

    Also visit my website: Keto Slim Cuts Pills

  • Reply
    Maxtane Pills
    December 27, 2020 at 11:18 am

    This site really has all of the information and
    facts I needed concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

    Here is my web-site … Maxtane Pills

  • Reply
    Vita Grow XL Pills
    December 27, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was
    curious what all is required to get set up?
    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very internet savvy so I’m not 100% certain. Any recommendations or advice
    would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    Here is my homepage :: Vita Grow XL Pills

  • Reply
    la maroquinerie
    December 27, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    This is a topic that is near to my heart… Many thanks!
    Exactly where are your contact details though?

  • Reply
    Full Releaf CBD
    December 27, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you a lot for providing individuals with an extraordinarily breathtaking possiblity to check tips from this web site.
    It really is so awesome and as well , packed with amusement
    for me and my office fellow workers to visit your web site not less than thrice in a week to learn the fresh tips you have.
    And of course, I am just always pleased for the very good
    points served by you. Selected 2 points in this post are unquestionably the most beneficial I have ever had.

    Feel free to visit my blog: Full Releaf CBD

  • Reply
    December 28, 2020 at 12:15 am

    Amazing things here. I’m very happy to see your post.
    Thanks a lot and I’m having a look ahead to touch you.
    Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

  • Reply
    judi slot online
    December 28, 2020 at 3:44 am

    Ahaa, its fastidious dialogue regarding this post at this place at this blog,
    I have read all that, so now me also commenting here.

    my blog post; judi slot online

  • Reply
    layarkaca21 indoxx1
    December 28, 2020 at 7:04 am

    Hello there, I discovered your web site via Google while looking for a related
    matter, your website got here up, it seems good.
    I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hello there, simply was alert to your weblog via Google, and located that it is really informative.
    I am gonna be careful for brussels. I’ll appreciate should you continue this in future.
    Lots of folks will probably be benefited from your writing.

  • Reply
    agen slot joker123
    December 28, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Article writing is also a excitement, if you know then you
    can write or else it is complex to write.

    Review my website agen slot joker123

  • Reply
    December 28, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a
    few of the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure
    why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

    Feel free to visit my web page: https://slotpulsa77.xyz

  • Reply
    sabung ayam s128
    December 30, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    First of all I would like to say great blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like
    to ask if you do not mind. I was interested
    to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing.
    I have had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there.
    I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the
    first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints?
    Many thanks!

    Also visit my page :: sabung ayam s128

  • Reply
    livechat slot
    January 1, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    My spouse and I stumbled over here different page and thought
    I might as well check things out. I like what I see so now i’m
    following you. Look forward to exploring your web page again.

    Feel free to surf to my blog post :: livechat slot

  • Leave a Reply

    Scroll Up