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Build a ladder-style shelving unit

  • Difficulty: hammer
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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
    Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
    Professional - Expert
  • Completion Time : 1 day

Easy to build, move and store, this shelving unit is ideal for creating storage space in a jiffy. Measurements are 72”W at the bottom and approximately 60”H. Special skills or specialized tools are not required to build this ladder-style shelving unit; shelves are simply laid across the rungs of a ladder structure, which can also be folded for easy storage.

The pine boards can be stained to match your decor. Apply varnish to enhance their appearance and facilitate cleaning.


Tools and materials required


  • Circular saw or sliding mitre saw
  • Screwdriver drill
  • Drill bit, 3/8" with depth stop
  • Tape measure
  • Square
  • Pencil


  • 5 pine boards, 1" x 4" x 96"
  • 3 pine boards, 1" x 12" x 96"
  • 1 ½'' No. 6 screws
  • Small chain, 65"
  • Piano hinges or other hinges
  • Wood filler or wood screw caps, 3/8"

Before Assembly


Ladder bookshelves elevation


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Ladder-style shelving unit
Build a ladder-style shelving unit