How to Build a Kids' Bookcase
Use oak stair treads and pine boards to create right-size shelves that keep books and toys within easy reach of small hands
The best way to encourage youngsters to take out and return their own books and toys? Make a creative case that speaks to them at their own level. We scaled ours so the highest shelf is about 24 inches above the floor—perfect for the average 3-year-old, yet useful enough to keep up with her needs as she grows. Wide, deep shelves accommodate a range of books or craft supplies, low-slung cubbies corral toys, and the whole thing rolls on wheels to make rearranging the furniture easier. Follow along as This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers uses basic home-center parts to make a custom storage solution that will inspire kids to tidy up. Maybe.
Download and print the cut list and dimensional drawing for this project.
Decorative shelving: oak stair treads, about $28 each.
Casters: Everbilt 3-inch polyurethane locking casters, about $8 each.
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