*This post contains affiliate links. For more info, view my Disclosure Page.
Recently, I wrote about how it sometimes feels like the Toys are Taking Over in my house. As a result of that post, I started getting more serious about organizing my 1-year old and 2-year old’s toys.
One of the toy organization projects my husband and I recently completed is Rain Gutter Bookshelves.
Today, I am sharing this relatively easy DIY project with my readers.
- Gather all project materials. We purchased our vinyl gutter and end caps from Lowe’s, but you could buy them elsewhere.
- Lay the gutter flat. With a tape measure, measure 5-feet long and use a pen to mark the spot on the gutter.
- With a hacksaw, or other small saw, cut the 10 foot gutter in half. You should have two 5-foot long gutters when you are done.
- Place the 2 sets of gutter end caps onto the ends of the two 5-foot long gutters.
- Decide where you want to hang the gutter shelves on the wall, and mark the correct height with a pen or pencil.
- Get an assistant to help you hold the gutter shelf onto the wall. Use a level to assure that the gutter is straight and level.
- With your assistant holding the gutter in place on the wall, grab a stud finder, or use the wall-tapping method, to determine where the studs are in prep for drilling into the wall. Mark the stud locations with a pen.
- Take a drill and screw the gutter into the wall, in the location of a stud. We used 4 screws per gutter, in order to secure the gutter onto the wall.
Note: If you aren’t comfortable drilling holes into your wall, have your husband or someone else do this job, while you assist by holding up the gutter. I have no shame in admitting that I was the assistant while my husband drilled the gutter into the wall.
- Repeat Steps 5-8 to hang the 2nd gutter shelf onto the wall.
- Now it is time for the fun part! Fill the bookshelves with books, puzzles, coloring books/activity books, etc.
Gutter Bookshelves are a great addition to any child’s room, especially if you are a toddler mom. These bookshelves keep my toddlers’ books and puzzles safely out of reach until it is time to play or read.
When my kids want to read or do a puzzle, all they have to do is point up at the book and I can bring it down and supervise them while they are reading and playing. I no longer find myself frustrated by ripped or chewed-up books and missing and lost puzzle pieces. Definitely a win-win for this mom!
Readers: Have you heard of gutter bookshelves? What do you think of this project?