Print one of these free DIY bookshelf plans, and you’ll have everything you need to get started building a bookcase for any room in your house. The plans include diagrams, photos, step-by-step instructions, and sometimes even videos to help you along the way.
Once you have the lumber, building a bookshelf is a relatively simple woodworking project that you can get done in just a day or two. It’s a low-cost project as well, and since the plan is free, you don’t have to worry about busting through your budget.
The free bookcase plans include a wide variety of bookcase styles and sizes, so be sure to look through them all to find the best one for the space you have.
Check out these Free DIY Bookshelf Plans
Rustic Wood Bookshelf Plan
As I said, Ana White can do you no wrong. Here’s a four-shelf rustic bookcase you’ll love to see, courtesy of Ana White.
Ana White’s free bookshelf plan will get you this beautiful rustic wood bookshelf made of solid pine boards. This bookshelf plan contains step-by-step instructions, photos, diagrams, a materials and tool list, a cut list, and user-submitted photos of the bookcases they made using this plan. Complete the look by building your headboard or even bed.
Industrial Bookcase Plan
How do you like the sound of an industrial wooden bookcase in your living room? Rogue Engineer has something for you, and I guarantee you’re going to like it pretty much.
The inspiration for this Industrial bookcase plan was taken straight from the pages of Pottery Barn. Building it yourself will let you have this beautiful bookcase for a fraction of the price. There’s a required tools list, materials list, cut list, building instructions, diagrams, and color photos to help you while you build it.
$60 7-Foot Tall Bookshelves
Infarrantly Creative offers you two tall, narrow bookshelves.
If you’re looking for some tall, skinny bookcases, you’ll need to check out this free bookshelf plan from Infarrantly Creative. They’re budget-friendly too, costing less than $60 each to make. You can build this Restoration Hardware inspired bookshelves with the provided cut list, building instructions, color photos, and finishing suggestions.
Cubby Bookshelf Plan
Check out this cubby bookshelf plan by Ana White. This free bookshelf plan will build you a large cubby bookshelf with adjustable shelves. Although you could put this anywhere in your home, it would look great in a kids’ room along with a custom toy box, bunk bed, and desk. There is a free video tutorial and photos of user-submitted finished bookshelves to help you build this bookshelf. You’ll also find diagrams and written instructions.
DIY Henry Bookshelf
How about a wooden bookcase in your living room? Cheers to Ana White/Shanty2Chic, you can build yourself one.
Shanty2Chic designed the Henry bookshelf for Ana White. It’s the same design as the popular Hendrix Bookcase from Pottery Barn, and you can build for a fraction of the cost. There’s a shopping list, tool list, general instructions, diagrams, and color photos included in the free plan. This bookshelf would look great in a living room surrounded by a custom coffee table and media center.
Check out this open bookshelf from Popular Woodworking. They have a free download of this contemporary bookcase plan that features clean lines to show off your books or other items on their website. Use the instructions and photos to help you build this bookcase in a weekend.
DIY Sawhorse Bookshelf
Like a sawhorse ladder bookcase with decorative items on it? Now, that’s something.
Here’s another free DIY bookcase plan from Shanty2Chic, this one for a unique looking sawhorse bookcase that uses just 3 tools and can be built for less than $50 in materials. There’s a full video on how to make the bookcase and written instructions and color photos.
Oak Bookcase Plan
Nothing tops this five-shelf bookcase from Start Woodworking. Here’s a free bookcase plan for an oak bookcase. Included in the plan is a series of videos to help you complete your bookcase. The attached PDF file consists of a lumber/hardware list and detailed diagrams.
Built-In Bookshelf Plan
How about picking a book to read beside a cozy fire? This built-in bookcase by a fireplace by This Old House will give you just that.
This plan contains everything you need for a 6-shelf built-in bookcase that you can adjust to fit your own space. Besides detailed building instructions, this free bookcase plan includes diagrams, photos, and materials and tool lists.
Craftsman-Style Bookcase Plan
Family Handyman has a free bookcase plan that builds a classic Craftsman-style bookcase. All included in this free bookcase plan are step-by-step instructions, a list of tools and materials you’ll need, as well as figures and pictures.
And that’s a wrap! Feel free to do more research if you feel like these are not enough. There are enough resources on the internet for woodworking enthusiasts like you.