When purchasing childrens bookshelves you are restricted to manufacturer sizes and cost. When you make your own bookshelves, you can decide how big you want them to be and where you want them, all using just a few inexpensive materials. You can use almost any type of plank wood and thickness, but keep in mind the weight of the bookshelves and the things you will be putting of limited room space restrictions. Recycling old wood is a great idea for these types of projects and can be purchased at your local hardware store as special purchase item.
Childrens bookshelves quickly become disorganized and are not as simple to organize as adult bookshelves. Kids don’t know how to how to alphabetize their collection, especially the younger ones. Keeping this process simple is key to a neat and tidy system. If your children get overwhelmed with all the categorization rules, they will not put their books away correctly and you will ultimately face the same problem over and over again. Here are some easy ways to keep the chaos under control.
For older kids, this means keeping each series of books separate and easy to find. You can also separate them by type, such as, fantasy, mystery, etc. For the younger kids, get creative. You can use categories like animals, colors, shapes, nature, anything you can think of, or nothing at all. Simply having toddlers and preschoolers toss them into a basket and putting them on their assigned shelf is a task within itself.
Drake also suggests this simple tip to creating an original bookshelf: A ready-made plate rack. This can be easily transformed into a child’s bookshelf, displaying both toys and children’s books. You can also make your own shelves; just have all the wood cut to size at a lumberyard.
Yard sale finds can be a treasure in itself. An old bookshelf can be easily brought back to life. Start by lightly sanding down the top of the bookshelf with medium grit sandpaper, very lightly until it is no longer shiny. If you are going to paint more than just the top, be sure to sand any areas you wish to paint. Once the entire bookshelf has been lightly sanded, remove all dust with a tack cloth. (It is important that there is no excess sanding dust on the bookshelf before painting, or it can interfere with the paint.) Either stain of paint to fit your child personality or eaven add some favorite sports logos!