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17 Creative Ideas to Expand Your Small Bedroom Space

10. How to Build a Chic Book Tower in Under 4 Hours!

Love books but tight on space? This DIY vertical bookshelf takes just an afternoon and costs around $25.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Basic woodworking tools (chop saw, circular saw, drill)

  • 2×4 board (8ft)
  • MDF board (4ft x 8ft)
  • Screws & wood glue (optional)
  • Paint & stain (optional)


  1. Plan your shelves: Mark 12-16 inch intervals on your 2×4 for shelf placement. Use a scrap board to ensure consistent spacing.
  2. Create dado cuts: Adjust your chop saw to cut halfway through the 2×4, creating notches for shelves. Test depth on scrap wood first!
  3. Finish the spine: Cut dado trenches using your chop saw and scrap board guide.
  4. Cut shelves & base: Use the circular saw to cut 5 shelves (9x5in) and 1 base (15x18in) from the MDF board. Test the fit in the spine.
  5. Paint & stain (optional): Add a personal touch with your favorite colors!
  6. Assemble the shelves: Wedge shelves into the spine and tap them down with a rubber mallet.
  7. Secure with screws, pre-drilling to avoid splitting.
  8. Attach the base: Pre-drill and screw the base to the spine from both sides and underneath.
  9. Secure to the wall (optional): For extra stability, add a toggle bolt through the top of the spine into the wall.


  • Use a level to ensure your tower stands straight.
  • Bigger books go on the bottom, smaller ones on top.
  • Tuck book titles inward for a neat look.

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