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Bookcase Book Boxes

Bookcase “Book Boxes”

My son’s bookcase was a disaster… all the time!  I would regularly stack and neatly arrange his books only to find them thrown back onto the shelves in a crazy manner, basically every day. I could have tried to talk myself into “letting go” of the appearance of the shelves, but instead I decided to do something to help him keep his books organized.

By: Dana


Messy Books!


  • 2’ x 4’ piece of hardboard from Home Depot ($4)
  • scrap piece of pine board 12” x 6’ (you can purchase at Home Depot)
  • saw (Home Depot can cut wood down to size for you)
  • Nail gun and 5/8” finishing nails (or hammer and finishing nails)
  • Gorilla glue, primer, paint


1) Measure the depth of bookcase to see how deep to make your book boxes.

– cut pine boards to the depth and height of shelf space (make height approx. 1/2” shorter than height of space in between shelves).

Pine board cuts


2) Cut hardboard pieces the depth of shelves, and however wide you want the box to be.

Hardboard cuts

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My boards were cut to:

Pine – 10 1/4” d x 10 1/4” h

Hardboard – 11”w x 10 1/4” d

Cut boards


3) Using Gorilla Glue and nail gun (or hammer and finishing nails) attach the pieces together to make a square box (the hardboard will lay along the top of the pine).



Attaching pieces together

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4) Once dry, spray primer and then apply coats of paint to achieve desired colour (be sure to allow proper drying time in between coats).


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5) Insert boxes into shelves and get stacking!

Finished boxes


Note: I had previously made the wooden crates to store toys, but that will be a future post!

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