Easy DIY Barnwood Bookshelves

Easy DIY Barnwood Bookshelves
Easy DIY Barnwood Bookshelves
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It's always nice to have a space to display pictures, keepsakes, or family heirlooms; and what better place than some homey DIY shelves? This Easy DIY Barnwood Bookshelves project will show you every step to installing your own rustic shelves for all your home decor crafts. These homemade bookshelves are so simple to install, just get some quality wood, L brackets, and screws to get started! Look to the DIY tutorial for full step-by-step instructions on how to install your own rustic DIY shelves. 

Note from the designer: "I wanted some very clean barnwood shelves for in my office so I got to work coming up with a plan to find hardware that I could easily hide. It turned out to be an easy project that provide ample room for all of my books!"

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueWood Crafts



Materials List

  • Barnwood - I used 2x6s for this project.
  • Steel L brackets
  • 1 1/2" drywall screws
  • 3" deck screws
  • Level, pencil and measuring tape
  • Stud finder


  1. Start by locating your studs - depending on how long your shelves will be, I screwed my shelves to two.

  2. Determine how much space you want between the shelves - I put my at 17 inches a part, looking back at them now I wish I had put them at 14 inches instead.

  3. Using your level draw your lines where you want each shelf to be.

  4. Screw in your L brackets to your studs using the 3" screws.

  5. Place barnwood on top of the brackets - I pulled mine out from the wall a good 2" inches because a gap between the wall and the selves was no big deal to me and it increased the depth of the shelves for larger book storage. Screw up through the brackets into your shelf using the 1 1/2" screws. (Depending on the L brackets and screws you use you may need washers)

  6. You're done!

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this is exactly what i need. A simple yet elegantly classy bookshelf. my collection is nearly rotting away in my boxes in the atic and i have some pieces i would love to display. the technique is so simple anybody can do it.

I really love this. They look so clean and modern but they also have this old world charm. Very simple and stylish!

I really like the look of these shelves, but as the author said that they wish they would have put the L brackets closer together, I agree with that! Barnwood can be heavy on its own and loading the shelves with books would make these very heavy and likely to pull away from the wall unless they are extremely secure. I would be careful with this idea, especially if you have kids (or cats) in the home! All that being said, I do really like this idea and have been trying to figure out a way to get more book storage, and this might be the ticket! Will confer with the hubby about doing something like this soon. Thanks for the great idea!

I am now starting to get into the floating shelves craze (after living in the smallest of spaces for like... EVER). These look easy enough for me to do. Also, they're very minimalist which is just my style!

These shelves look great, and there's so much more room than my little book case. I might have to try this!

Oh I love floating shelves. What a pretty look.


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