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« on: January 04, 2011 01:29:10 PM »

i saw this bookshelf online at target.
but, after reading the reviews, i changed my mind. there were quite a few comments about the quality of fabric. so, i emailed a pic to my dad. together, we decided to use the rails from my sons old crib, and he would cut the sides, bottom, and back. my mom gave me some muslin she had left over from a project. i sewed pockets to slide the rails through. this is the outcome. very sturdy, and holds a lot of books. debating on dying the muslin.


« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2011 01:42:33 PM »

very cool!

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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2011 07:09:44 AM »

Yours is much better than the one in the store!!! Looks much roomier also. Genius!!! I would dye the muslin to match the decor in the room.

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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2011 08:38:08 PM »

How were the sides made? Are they a sheet of plywood cut into the general shape and then notched to hold the rails? Very unique storage solution!
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2011 09:57:06 PM »

Really well done! I was debating making one of these until I found one (not this big though!) at a thrift store for like 7 bucks. Your son will love it!
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2011 08:15:35 AM »

How were the sides made? Are they a sheet of plywood cut into the general shape and then notched to hold the rails? Very unique storage solution!
yes, he used plywood, maybe 3/4" thick, cut into a triangle. he notched circles on one side, and on the other, he notched all the way out to the edge. so it allows the rails to be taken out if needed. i sewed pockets in a long length of fabric, maybe 2 yds. i doubled it, just to make sure the weight of the books did not rip it. i think i will have him make a bigger one. too many books on there now!! it works like a charm. my son loves it. it makes his books very accessible.

if you are going to make one, i would suggest notching the wood out to the top edge. on a few rails, he had the notch out to the front. so, we have to be careful not to pull it forward, because it slips out a little bit. and make sure there is enough space between the rails to allow books to fit. the bottom is a bit snug. i put shorter, smaller books in there.

thanks for the compliments everyone!! pretty proud of my dad! we work pretty good together!!

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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011 08:11:27 AM »

Such a good idea to keep the crib and make something new, thanks for sharing  Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2011 07:52:24 PM »

Awesome, thank you! Maybe if you cut the sides in a stairstep pattern it would be easier to cut the notches out the top rather than the sides so you wouldn't have the slipping problem?
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