30 Ladder Bookshelf DIYs and Bookcase Plans


5 Tier Bookshelf Ladder

Repurposing an old ladder into a bookshelf can instantly turn a room into a library and organize your cluttered corner into a modern storage space. Building a functional home décor by recycling distressed ladders is a trending style these days. You can make a new ladder from pine wood or pallets or use an old one and lean it against the wall for a cool display or your books. Learn how to transform old ladders into a new bookcase with step-by-step instructions in the tutorials to guide you.

You May Also Read: “DIY Pallet Bookshelf Plans

31 Ways to Build Unique Ladder Bookshelves and Ladder Bookcase Ideas

  1. Ladder Bookshelf DIY (Horizontal)

    If you want to add a rustic stunner to your living room, then this simple yet classic project is surely the answer. You can easily install this on the wall using L brackets and repurpose your old ladder. You can display showpieces and small plants to add more element to the interior space with this unique horizontal bookshelf.

    Ladder Bookshelf

    Ladder Bookshelf

     

  2. DIY Ladder Shelf (Vertical)

    This is a simple ladder shelf which is ideal for beginners who want to make their own furniture. This shelving unit is comprised of 2 legs and 5 shelves. The linked tutorial demonstrates step-by-step instructions and plans to build this shelf in a day!

    Bookshelf Ladder

    Bookshelf Ladder

     

  3. How to Build a Ladder Bookcase

    This bookshelf is a wide one, giving all bookworms ample of space to accommodate their treasured books and reading essentials. If you need a small library, just add some more shelves to the plan. You can use wooden pallets or plywood to create this tutorial.

    Ladder Bookcase DIY

    Ladder Bookcase DIY

     

  4. Leaning Ladder Bookshelf Ideas

    This DIY tutorial shows you how to upcycle an old ladder. You can make 3 shelves using wooden planks. This is a great project for beginners, as you only need a power drill, sandpaper, wood screws, and paint from the hardware store.

    Corner Ladder Bookshelf

    Corner Ladder Bookshelf

     

  5. Build a Corner Ladder Bookshelf

    This is a simple re-do of an old ladder dumped in the storehouse. You can easily alter it a bit and place it in the corner of your room and decorate it to refurbish it. A pocket-friendly addition to your furniture with a custom touch.

    How to Make a Corner Ladder Bookshelf

    How to Make a Corner Ladder Bookshelf

     

  6. Instructions to Make a Ladder White Bookshelf

    Wooden Ladder Bookshelf

    Wooden Ladder Bookshelf

     

  7. DIY Mini Frame Ladder Shelf

    This is a great way to recycle old wood and make affordable and quick DIY rack to keep your books. This is a small rack which is ideal for little kids to reach their books easily.

    Small Ladder Bookshelf

    Small Ladder Bookshelf

     

  8. Rustic Ladder Shelf Tutorial

    This is a creative way to display your favorite collection of storybooks and novels in your room. This can be left unfinished to add to the rustic look or you can customize it to your choice and paint it to decorate it further.

    Rustic Bookshelf Ladder Ideas

    Rustic Bookshelf Ladder Ideas

     

  9. Vintage Ladder Bookcase Plan

    Heritage Bookshelf with Ladder

    Heritage Bookshelf with Ladder

     

  10. Corner Ladder Display Bookcase Project

    This design is made using MDF and other essentials. An ideal fit in your study with the classic black look.

    Leaning Ladder Bookshelf

    Leaning Ladder Book shelf

     

  11. 4-Tier Ladder Book shelf Décor

    A handmade eye-catcher in the disguise of a bookshelf, the ladder shelf can give a tough competition to the designer shelves available in stores. You will need some basic tools and supplies from the hardware store to make this project. However, I would love to fill one corner in my study room with this bright bookcase.

    Ladder Style Bookshelf

    Ladder Style Bookshelf

     

  12. Antique Ladder Shelf Directions

    Retaining the natural, unfinished and distressed look is amazing for all you who have a fetish for antique décor.

    Narrow Ladder Bookshelf

    Narrow Ladder Bookshelf

     

  13. Leaning Wall Ladder Desk

    This is a tall leaning ladder transformed into a  bookshelf with laptop desk space. An absolute eye delight, and big enough to store books and other accessories. This bookshelf has an additional feature of a laptop desk space where you can sit and work/study comfortably.

    Leaning Wall Ladder Desk

    Leaning Wall Ladder Desk

     

  14. DIY Ladder Bookshelf Organizer with Drawers

    If you have a plethora of books and you find difficult to organize them, then this tutorial is the answer. You have ample of storage space to stack your books in the deep drawer shelves.

    Ladder Bookshelf with Drawers

    Ladder Bookshelf with Drawers

     

  15. How to Build a Tall Ladder Bookshelf

    DIY Bookshelf Ladder

    DIY Bookshelf Ladder

     

  16. 5-Tier Ladder Christmas Tree Bookshelf

    5 Tier Bookshelf Ladder

    5 Tier Bookshelf Ladder

     

  17. Easy Short Ladder Bookshelf

    3 Tier Bookshelf Ladder

    3 Tier Bookshelf Ladder

     

  18. Cheap Wood Ladder Shelf

    Rolling Ladder Bookshelf

    Rolling Ladder Bookshelf

     

  19. Wall Bookshelf with Ladder

    You can easily transform your wall with these chic shelves. A great storage solution for students.

    DIY Slanted Bookshelf

    DIY Slanted Bookshelf

     

  20. Industrial Ladder Bookshelf Instructions

    Industrial Ladder Bookshelf

    Industrial Ladder Bookshelf

     

  21. Homemade Nesting Ladder Bookcase Display

    Get a traditional ladder from your store and place some shelves in between them for holding books or potted plants. You can paint the ladder in the color of your choice to rustic piece a modern touch.

    Bookshelf with Ladder

    Bookshelf with Ladder

     

  22. DIY Floating Ladder Shelf 

    This DIY combines floating shelves and ladder shelves to create this unique open shelf which can be mounted in any wall of the room. This is wide enough to provide extra storage space for your books. A free downloadable PDF plan for the project is provided in the linked tutorial.

    DIY Ladder Shelf Plans

    DIY Ladder Shelf Plans

     

  23. How to Make Ladder Style Bookshelf

    I loved the slim, modern bookcase which is leaning against a wall like a ladder. This is a perfect vertical storage unit for books and adds to the home decor. Get complete instructions on bhg.com which is linked in the tutorial.

    How to Build a Ladder Bookcase

    How to Build a Ladder Bookcase

     

  24. Decorative Ladder Furniture for Books

    Ladder Bookshelf DIY

    Ladder Bookshelf DIY

     

  25. Easy A-Frame Ladder Bookcase

    Ladder Bookcase Shelf

    Ladder Bookcase Shelf

     

  26. Large Bookshelf from Old Ladder

    How to Turn a Ladder into Bookshelf

    How to Turn a Ladder into Bookshelf

     

  27. Ladder Bookshelf Plans Free

    Ladder Bookshelf Plans

    Ladder Bookshelf Plans

     

  28. Download Free PDF Plan for Ladder Shelves

Give your treasured books a new space with these projects listed above and give your room a makeover.

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