Looking for a fun, creative way to get your kids to read more? Rain gutter bookshelves might be just the thing you’re looking for.
Rain gutter book shelves are exactly what they sound like – vinyl rain gutters mounted to the wall, used to hold books. Why not just use a regular bookshelf? In part, it’s because the gutter
shelves take up less space. But more importantly they let a book’s cover face outward, instead of just the narrow strip of its spine. That means they’re more attention-grabbing for your little ones, encouraging them to read more on their own. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Here’s how to install them.
- Vinyl gutters. How much is up to you.
- Mounting brackets for the gutters, at least two per five feet.
- End caps for the gutters, two per shelf.
- A hack saw to cut the gutters to your desired length.
- A stud finder and level for mounting.
- An electric drill and some woodscrews that will fit through the brackets.
- Decide how long you want your shelves to be. Carefully measure a cut the gutters to your desired length with your hack saw.
- Decide where you want the shelves to go – somewhere your kids can reach them easily is ideal if the idea is to get them to read more books. Use the stud finder and a pencil
to mark where the mounting brackets should go.
- For each shelf, mount it to the wall with a single bracket and the electric drill. After the first bracket is in, use the level to make sure it’s not crooked before installing the rest of the brackets.
- Fill your new shelves with books!
You don’t have to limit the shelves to books either. You and your kids can use them for toys, games, puzzles, and anything else.