Thrifty Thursday: Bookshelf Wall @ Bargain Price

I have been pinning and pinning away (don’t forget, you can follow me on Pinterest). One thing that keeps catching my eye are these bookshelf walls. I knew I wanted to incorporate this element into Quinn’s room, but I didn’t want it to cost a lot and frankly I didn’t feel like building anything. We were shopping around the hardware store when we saw that gutters are actually quite affordable. Ten feet for six bucks (steal!). We decided we would build our bookshelf using gutters. I know, I know… hanging gutters in our son’s room doesn’t sound lovely, but I had a vision.

Now the cool thing about gutters is you can by end caps, hangers and corner pieces which can make configuring and hanging them a breeze. We were too cheap to buy any of these. Another bonus is they are made to withstand the elements; so one would reason they would hold up in a toddler’s room. For less then $20 we scored enough gutters (and then some) to complete our project. We simply measured, cut (we used a chop saw, but you could cut them by hand) and drilled directly through the gutter into the wall. Remember this entire thing was less than $20.

 Then we just loaded up the gutters shelves with books and voila:
I just can’t wait to show you the overall impact on the space! Hope you check back in tomorrow to see the room reveal. I am just loving these shelves and so is Quinn. Having the books facing out already has him reaching for them more. Whatever we can do to encourage reading, right? Nothing like a cheap and easy project with big impact to get my heart a fluttering.
Click here to see the final reveal.


  • Paigealicious!

    That's a really good idea!

  • Susan

    So cute! This is also a great idea for a classroom…to make use of the space under the chalkboard, for example, and display books. You just might have to do it when the building engineers aren't looking :)

  • Carrie’s The Created Home

    Absolutely fabulous idea! So very creative! Love it! So glad I stumbled across you! I am now one of your followers! Hope you stop by sometime!

  • Helena Davey

    GREAT idea! I need some shelving myself…. Maybe I will try this!

  • Megan

    Thanks for the kind words girls! Glad you were inspired.

  • Megan

    Carrie's The Created Home, WooHoo! Thanks for joining us.

  • Amie

    Genius! I love it! Being military and moving all the time I am always looking for inexpensive ways to add storage. Thanks!!!

  • Ngozi

    Neat idea – I think I'll Pin it on pinterest. Question: are the cut edges sharp?

  • Megan

    Ngozi- These are vinyl gutters so I would not saya the cut edges are sharp. Our edges are mostly butted against something. You can buy endcaps that clip on. Probably not a bad idea if edges are exposed. The caps probably add stability as well. Hope this helps!

  • bridget b. @ 623Designs

    love it! so going to try this. i want bookshelves in our playroom, but i also don’t want to have to assemble anything.

    • Megan Bray

      I feel ya! We were too lazy to use gutter hooks and endcaps. LOL! If it had been super long shelf we probably would have taken those extra steps. Good luck on your project!