I've seen some great ladder-shaped bookshelves in various magazines and on the infamous Pinterest. But when I tried to purchase one online, they were too big to fit between the two doors and VERY expensive.
So with a little ambition, I set out to build my own. And there’s two of the many reasons I love to DIY, you can save money and fit it exactly to your space. No compromises.
Before I went to the home center, I measured the wall where I wanted my bookshelf to live. The maximum width was 19 ¾ inches. With that in mind, I figured the shelves should be 18 inches wide. So when you add ¾ times 2 for the width of the vertical frame, it’d be right under the 19 ¾.
It's good to know the exact measurements you want before you go since most home centers will cut your lumber in the store. (Up to 2 cuts are free. Most charge 25 cents for additional cuts). However, the material I bought was sold by the foot. So they had to cut it regardless. Here's what I had cut:
- (5) 1x2x6 poplar
- (2) 12 x 18 poplar
- (1) 8 x 18 poplar
- (1) 6 x 18 poplar
Once home I laid out one of the 1x2s and marked where I wanted the bottom of each shelf to rest.
Then I was able to determine the angle I needed the second 1x2 to be. (It needed to be enough of an angle so I could attach the bottom shelf to it, but not so much that the shelf was sticking way out).
Then I double-checked all of the measurements before marking where I needed to cut the angled 1x2 with a speed square.