Bookshelves for the Creative Mind

The days of boring old bookshelves are gone. I’ve been a voracious reader all my life- and so has my wife. We had a traditional old bookshelf for a very long time, till I came across an ingenious bookshelf idea that involved a bookend and a few screws. Since then, I’ve been passionate about bookshelves and the many unique ways in which they can be designed. Here are some of the easiest bookshelf ideas- you just need a rudimentary understanding of wood and screws in order to put these together.

1. My favourite ladder, as far as creativity is concerned, is the ladder one. You take two ladders and put them right next to each other. Now, screw on some wooden planks on to each step of the ladders, and voila- your stepladder bookshelf is ready!

2. You can use some wooden planks and industrial strength ropes and make a hanging bookshelf.

3. If you are looking for something wall mounted, you can use old drawers, or empty wine crates to make a bookshelf. Just mount them on the wall with the right support and store your books in them!

4. You could mount some wooden planks and make them into a bookshelf. To make them different- wallpaper each plank with a different design!

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Beginner Carpentry Pieces

If this is your first attempt at carpentry, you should not start with something too big. You won’t just be wasting precious resources, you might lose heart if you do not get it right. Here are some of the best options for people who are new to the world of woodworking.

1. Window Box: Window boxes are incredibly simple to build, so they are a good place to start. They are highly utilitarian in urban areas and in houses where space is an issue, so you will not regret making this.

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2. Birdhouses: Birdhouses are easy to make and they are incredibly quaint, as well. There is something very old-school about making a birdhouse as a beginner. There are many kinds of birdhouses– you should start off with a simple one using lumber or any scraps you might have at home, and then make it more complicated, if you want to.

3. Simple tables: Tables can be complicated to build because you need to understand how the weight needs to be distributed. However, as a beginner, you should not have too much trouble making tables with x-legs. You can start off with small bed-side tables and later shift to dining or breakfast tables.

Once you’ve mastered these three objects, you will be able to move forward to building more complicated furniture.