Build a Ladder Bookshelf

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!

  • salahsaket

    Nice and simple.

    • CherTexter

      Thank you – glad you stopped by!

Designs by Studio C is your DIY connection to How-To information, DIY projects and free furniture plans. Have questions about the plans? Contact me at!
Some posts on DbSC contain affiliate links. What this means is that if the link is clicked and a sale is made, I will make a small profit. Product links and sponsored posts are what help keep DbSC going - thank you for the support!