Life Love Larson: DIY Rain Gutter Bookshelves


Thursday, February 28, 2013

DIY Rain Gutter Bookshelves

I posted about these DIY rain gutter bookshelves when I first started blogging, over 2 year ago.  I thought I would revisit this post, since they are still one of my favorite things about Drew’s space.  These shelves have also been hung in three different homes, so you know they hold up well!
rain gutter bookshelves 1
In Drew’s previous rooms, I used 3 shelves, each 3 feet long.  In this house I chose to just use two of them.  I found out about this idea way back in 2009 when I read this post from LGN.  There, you can find different links and tutorials if you wish to tackle this project.  It’s simply three pieces of plastic rain gutter you can purchase at any home improvement store.  These are durable, inexpensive, and easy to clean!
rain gutter bookshelf 2
I love the industrial look these gutters provide for a little boy’s room, or a toy room, or really any room in which you need storage (these would hold things other than books).  I love the color the front facing books add to a space, and the best thing is, Drew has books at his fingertips!
rain gutter bookshelves 3
The large D above the shelves was a thrift store find for .99.  I painted it the same red I used for this project.  You can also find these large letters at Joann Fabric, which is where I bought Kate’s “K” to use for this project.  The storage unit underneath is IKEA.  Wall paint color is SW Big Chill.  How are you storing your books?


  1. Such a great way to display books! Better than just seeing the spine. The books work as decor when they're facing forward. Thanks so much for sharing! I also love your organized shelf below the bookshelves! Have a great day!

  2. What a cool idea! I may have to do this soon!
    Selene @

  3. Love these, they look so cute and functional too! Would love to have you link up to my party this week.

  4. Hello, I'd love to have you come share your post at Show and Tell Saturday #6 at Sassy Little Lady!


  5. This is a great idea! I love the red "D". It is the perfect pop of color.

  6. This is a great idea! I love the red "D". It is the perfect pop of color.

  7. Hi! This is a great idea. We have so many books and need storage ideas :) I would love to invite you to link up at our Share It Saturday linky party. We have lots of creative ideas submitted each week and you would fit right in!

    Hope to see you there!

    Colleen at Sugar Aunts

  8. I could totally use some shelves like that! BTW - I have an iPad KIC Mount giveaway going on right now if you would like to come enter.

  9. Super duper idea you have here...passing it on to my daughter.


  10. Love your bookshelves! What a great quick and easy idea!

  11. They look great! We opted not to use the supporting brackets with our rain gutter bookshelves and only did one screw per 2' section, 2 screws in the corner piece. So far it's holding up alright but there is a little twisting away from the wall in some areas. Well done and thank you for the post!