Liam’s New Rain Gutter Bookshelves

You’ve heard the phrase, “Get your mind out of the gutter,” but maybe in this case, the gutter is a good place to be…

Recently, we stumbled across a blog post about rain gutter bookshelves and decided that these would be good to put on the big blue wall in Liam’s room as a clever & inexpensive (less than $15!) way to the handle some of the oversized books that won’t fit on his regular bookshelf cubbies. So we decided to turn today into “Project Saturday” and get busy.  Below is a before picture of the wall:

We spend a lot of time reading to him from the comfy recliner in his room so putting the bookshelves below the window seemed like the perfect spot.  After some measuring, leveling & drilling, here’s what we ended up with:

Here’s another couple of pictures with some books on the shelves:

We were happy with the end result and Liam was excited to see some of his favorite books prominently displayed.  Now he just has to decide which book to read first.

If you’re interested in putting up your own rain gutter bookshelves, read the tutorial at Raising Olive’s blog post. And be sure to check out the Rain Gutter Literacy Revolution for a more in-depth look at the effect of displaying childrens’ books facing forward.

What are some innovative ways you’ve handled book storage in your home?


  1. Very cool! I love that so much!! As soon as Makayla stops climbing on everything we will have to give this a try! Until then, it looks like too much of a temptation! 😉 Also, tell Liam

    “One night I peeked in through the hedge, and saw the insect’s ball…The GRANDEST party of the year for Bug’s both big and small! The moth’s and roaches, flies and ants all danced around the square….not knowing Bugtown’s biggest night held DANGER in the air!!”

  2. I knew you’d spot “Bugstown” on the shelves, Shawna! Several great books snuck into that picture, like one of our new ones, “When I’m Feeling Angry.” And I think I love Hiccupotamus even more than Liam does.

  3. Lori, it was so easy! Ya gotta do this! But be sure to check out what Beth did with hers. She used beadboard wallpaper underneath the wall-to-wall rain gutters in her boys’ room which makes it look like fancy crown molding! Very nice!

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