Wednesday, June 07, 2006

rain gutter shelves

We have a lot of books in our home. When we started having lots of children's books, I was always on the lookout for organizational ideas. I saw this idea on Jim Trelease's website when N was about a year old.

We started with a 10 foot piece of white plastic gutter and 9 brackets from our local Home Depot. B cut the gutter into two 4' pieces and one 2' piece. The 4' pieces just fit best on the wall we wanted to use. We had C stand against the wall to determine the best placement, and then put the remaining 2' in our bathroom.

We spent about $20 for materials, and it took B about 30 minutes to complete the project -- including cutting and attaching to the wall.

This picture is 3 years old, but I've talked about these shelves no less than 5 times this week -- so I thought I'd post here as well! Hopefully it will help more people. While we don't have many board books out any more, these shelves still work well for books the boys are interested in now.


  1. I love this! I wish I could convince dh to do it somewhere (WHERE might be a good question here too, lol). Looks great!

  2. Anonymous8:56 PM

    OMG what a cute clever!
    Erin (


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