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.

#10

How-To: Turn Shelf Fungi Into Actual Shelves


#9

Bookshelf From Old Books


#8

How-To: Make Tetris Shelves


#7

How-To: Make an Invisible Bookshelf


#6

How-To: Build Your Own Secret Bookshelf Door


#5

Shelf Made From Back Issues of National Geographic


#4

Circular Bookshelf Perfect for Storing Philosophy Texts


#3

Ikea Hack Bookshelf Bench


#2

Sad Bookshelf is Sad…


#1

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://navni-stuff.blogspot.com/2010/11/bookcase.html

  • 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://melbournearchitects.blogspot.com/2011/03/bias-of-thoughts-bookshelf-design.html

  • 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://covers.fwis.com/bookshelves_2007

  • 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.walkin-wardrobes.com

  • 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

    http://imgfave.com/view/911062
    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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