The WeeOne has A LOT of books and I was looking for a way to keep some of them in his nursery (or I guess since I left this so long it is now just his ‘bedroom’). I went to the hardware store looking for the materials to create a longer Ikea spice rack knock-off, but while I was there I saw the eaves-trough section and figured it would work perfect. I was quite proud of myself for coming up with such a clever idea…. until I finished the project, photographed it and sat down to share with you. Then, with a quick google image search, I realized I am not the only one who thought this was the perfect solution. So just  in case you missed the other hundred of examples out there, here is my version of the raingutter bookshelf :) It really is the perfect solution for a baby’s room. raingutter bookshelf in nurseryThere are a lot of different profiles to pick from, and I decided to go with three shelves in a real simple silhouette. The beauty of the raingutter is there are multiple ways to hang them that have already been manufactured, so just pick the fasteners that work best for your wall and look (there are brackets, clips, screws, etc.). Since they are meant to be cut to length you can easily cut them with a small handsaw. The last step is finding the studs in the wall and hiding some screws under the inside lip.

d.i.y. raingutter bookshelf And even if the noisy viewer was to really search and look down inside they would barely see the screws (plus the books normally lean up against them )

how to create a raingutter bookshelf They sell endcaps to finish the troughs off, but I kinda liked the look of them being left open….

baby's room bookshelf

nursery bookshelves

And that’s all there is to it. I find it holds far more books than the spice rack alternative I was going to go with. Plus it is flexible and soft for stumbling new walkers.

d.i.y. eavestrough bookshelf in baby's room

hang raingutter to hold books

using eaves-trough as a bookshelf