I recall an infomercial a few years back for a little plastic triangle that stuck in a corner, between two walls, to make a small corner shelf. I don’t remember the exact name of the product, but I do remember that the commercial exhausted all the obvious self/shelf puns: “shelf esteem,” “shelf confidence,” “shelf defense,” “shelf-employed,” etc., etc. So I’ll forgo the obvious opportunities this topic offers for shelf-referential humor and just get down to business.


How-To: Turn Shelf Fungi Into Actual Shelves


Bookshelf From Old Books


How-To: Make Tetris Shelves


How-To: Make an Invisible Bookshelf


How-To: Build Your Own Secret Bookshelf Door


Shelf Made From Back Issues of National Geographic


Circular Bookshelf Perfect for Storing Philosophy Texts


Ikea Hack Bookshelf Bench


Sad Bookshelf is Sad…


Shelf Pod is Both Bibliophile’s and Cat’s Dream House

Did I miss a good one? Let me know, below!

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Anonymous

    That Sad Bookshelf looks more like a binge drinking bookshelf..

  • Anonymous

    A while ago a made my own custom bookshelf:

  • http://twitter.com/bizladyca Beverly Blankenship

    Very interesting bookshelves!!!

  • https://profiles.google.com/8bbell clide

    Here is a bookshelf based on the impossible fork illusion.

  • http://interiorblog.com Пенко Пенев

    Interesting and unique bookshelves

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001090635612 Philonius T Barron

    Here are about 15 other great bookshelf ideas:

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XEAWJLV6FC73M4HSKOOBX4FV34 Sully R

    har har, sea shelves.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QK7BKBDQLB2HC7Z3BRSIMYP6VM A

    Been RSSing a (bookshelf) design blogger for some @ http://theblogonthebookshelf.blogspot.com/

  • http://twitter.com/Walkinwardrobe_ Stephen Tombs

    why would you have the sad bookcase

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1177994494 Max Rosenblum

    I think ‘sad bookshelf’ is actually just trying to read itself.

  • criztinasag sag

    Amei, são maravilhosas, parabéns! kisses, Criz

  • criztinasag sag

    Amei, são maravilhosas, parabéns! kisses, Criz

  • sarah shook

    My dad made this for me when I was 17…

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  • http://twitter.com/restifo Christian Restifo

    I first misread this as top ten shaving projects.

    Now that I think about it, DIY/maker shaving projects would be awesome.

  • http://www.summitdesignremodeling.com Summit Design Remodeling

    I love the

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7VRUS3LTBHJYFAVJ7CG5PKM5ZY Adriane

    an awesome bookshelf

  • Jennifer Brandisto

    It seems that everyone here like the sad bookshelf ^^. It looks definitely sad.

    I also like the circular bookshelf. I think it’s suitable for design magazine as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=38412361 Celestina Ekundayo

    so many great ideas!!

  • http://twitter.com/IvoryPearl2 Ivory Pearl Bridal

    I really like the Invisable Bookshelf. How is it made???

  • http://www.applieddesigngroup.com Sajive Gangadharan

    Interesting pieces of creative designing. 

  • http://www.certapro.com/ Leo

    These are perfect bookshelves for different personalities of a bookworm. I like the resourcefulness of numbers 10, 9 and 5, the interesting design of number 8 and the impressive structure of number 5. It matches on every room. Great ideas!

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