We put the series books (berenstein bears, mercery mayer, arthur, etc.) in the milk crates on the bottom of the shelf
For the rest of the books, I used Ana’s plans as a guide to make these super easy book ledges. I wanted them it be in full view and have easy access. And I don’t have little toddlers anymore that delight in yanking them out which is convenient but I really do miss it! We do have little nieces and nephews that let us know what they think of our nicely arranged books when they come. :)
I used primed mdf because I didn’t want to paint! And, keep in mind that they will mostly be covered up with books, so they don’t need to be perfect.
My receipt from Home Depot:
Here are the boards I used for the back and bottom.
And here is the piece I used for the front. I had quite a bit left over, but I detest running back to the store so I always buy extra for mistakes. Remember, if you bring the sizes you want, they will cut them in store for free!
I put them together with my little nail gun and some wood glue, but you could use plain old nails or screws (pre-drill holes first)
My kids said -- it’s like the shelves at the library! I fit 68 books on these shelves, about 5 deep for around $20 and a couple of hours. And they fit in a little corner by the bunk beds in their room. Aren’t books pretty?? I love looking at them.