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Build an A-Frame Bookshelf with These DIY Plans

This is really one of the coolest bookshelves I’ve seen. To me it is only a bookshelf in name! It can be used to organize bins of toys in the kiddos room, folded fabric in the craft room, or (as I would use it) painted green with packages stacked on it for Christmas! How cool would that be? However you use it, these A-Frame Bookshelf plans are sure to please!

a-frame bookshelf plans_Copy


  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ screws
  • Hinges
  • Wood Glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer and paint, or stain, sealer)


  • 2 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 2 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 1 – 1×12 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 4 – 1×3 at 40″ – Legs
  • 2 – 1×3 at 11-1/4″ – Upper Stretchers
  • 6 – 1×2 at 11-1/4″ – Stretchers
  • 2 – 1×2 at 17-13/16″ – Side Stretchers
  • 3 – 1×12 at 30″ – Shelves

a-frame bookshelf plans

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut a 15 degree bevel in the bottom of each leg so the legs will stand properly at an angle. Cut the pieces for the stretchers. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure to the legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

 a-frame bookshelf plans_Sides

Step Two

Install the hinges at the top to connect the two pieces together.

Cut the pieces for the side stretchers with a 15 degree angle on each side. Secure as shown (level with the lowest stretcher), then secure using 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Do not use glue of you want to be able to fold the bookshelf for storage!

 a-frame bookshelf plans_Stretcher

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the shelves. Set them on the stretchers making sure there is an equal amount of overhang on each shelf, then secure using countersunk 1-1/4″ screws.

 a-frame bookshelf plans_Shelves

Finish as desired!


These DIY plans to build an A-Frame Bookshelf are so easy and perfect for the beginning woodworker! The bookshelf would also be fabulous in a guest bathroom for holding clean towels and other toiletries, or if constructed out of lumber rated for outdoor use (or PVC planks, it would be an awesome plant stand! See? I just came up with a couple more uses… I bet you have amny more!


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  • salahsaket

    Nice and simple.

    • CherTexter

      Thank you – glad you stopped by!