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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

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.



  1. Anonymous says:

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

  2. Anonymous says:

    A while ago a made my own custom bookshelf:

  3. Very interesting bookshelves!!!

  4. Interesting and unique bookshelves

  5. Sully R says:

    har har, sea shelves.

  6. A says:

    Been RSSing a (bookshelf) design blogger for some @

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

  8. criztinasag sag says:

    Amei, são maravilhosas, parabéns! kisses, Criz

  9. criztinasag sag says:

    Amei, são maravilhosas, parabéns! kisses, Criz

  10. sarah shook says:

    My dad made this for me when I was 17…

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  13. I first misread this as top ten shaving projects.

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

  14. Jennifer Brandisto says:

    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.

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

  16. Interesting pieces of creative designing. 

  17. Leo says:

    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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