17 Free Bookshelf Plans

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Print one of these free 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.

Building a bookshelf is a fairly 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.

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    Rustic Wood Bookshelf Plan from Ana White

    A four shelf rustic bookcase.
    Ana White

    Ana White has a free bookshelf plan that will get you this beautiful rustic wood bookshelf made of solid pine boards.

    This bookshelf plan includes 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.

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    Industrial Bookcase Plan from Rogue Engineer

    An industrial wooden bookcase in a living room.
    Rogue Enginner

    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.

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    $60 7-Foot Tall Bookshelves from Infarrantly Creative

    Two tall, narrow bookshelves.
    Infarrantly Creative

    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.

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    Walnut Bookcase Plan from Rockler

    A two-shelf decorative bookcase.

    Rockler has a free bookcase plan that will result in this gorgeous classic bookcase that uses walnut wood along with a mahogany stain.

    Three-pages of instructions that include photos and diagrams will help you get there.

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    Cubby Bookshelf Plan from Ana White

    A cubby bookshelf.
    Ana White

    This free bookshelf plan will build you a large cubby bookshelf with adjustable shelves.

    To help you build this bookshelf, there is a free video tutorial and photos of user-submitted finished bookshelves. You'll also find diagrams and written instructions.

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    Arts and Crafts Bookcase Plan from Fine WoodWorking

    A finished bookcase with three shelves.
    Fine Woodworking

    This free bookcase plan will build you a beautiful bookcase in the Arts and Craft style but with a modern twist.

    The free PDF download of this bookcase plans includes diagrams, photos, and instructions.

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    Henry Bookshelf from Ana White/Shanty2Chic

    A wooden bookcase in a living room

    Ana White/Shanty2Chic 

    The Henry bookshelf was designed by Shanty2Chic 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 all included in the free plan.

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    Contemporary Bookcase from American Woodworker

    An open bookshelf.
    American Woodworker

    American Woodworker has a free download of this contemporary bookcase plan that features clean lines to show off your books or other items.

    Use the instructions and photos to help you build this bookcase in a weekend.

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    DIY Sawhorse Bookshelf from Shanty2Chic

    A sawhorse ladder bookcase with decorative items on it


    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 build the bookcase as well as written instructions and color photos. 

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    Oak Bookcase Plan from Start Woodworking

    A five shelf bookcase.
    Start Woodworking

    Here's a free book case plan for an oak bookcase. Included in the plan is a series of videos to help you complete your bookcase.

    The attached PDF file includes a lumber/hardware list and detailed diagrams.

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    Built-In Bookshelf Plan from This Old House

    A built-in bookcase by a fireplace.
    This Old House

    Here's another free bookcase plan from This Old House, this one for a 6-shelf built-in bookcase that you can adjust to fit your own space.

    Besides detailed building instructions, this free bookcase plan also includes diagrams, photos, and a materials and tool list.

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    Craftsman-Style Bookcase Plan from The Family Handyman

    Two men building a bookcase.
    The Family Handyman

    The 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.

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    Portable Book Rack Plan from Start Woodworking

    A three-tiered bookcase.
    Start Woodworking

    Start Woodworking has another free bookcase plan and this one is inspired by the Arts and Crafts style of furniture.

    Plenty of diagrams and pictures as well as written instructions will help you build this unique bookcase.

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    Simple Barrister Bookshelf Plan from Popular Woodworking Magazine

    A photo of a wooden bookcase in a living room

    Popular Woodworking 

    If you're up for the challenge this free bookcase plan will get you a beautiful finished barrister bookcase that is both elegant and functional.

    Use the PDF link at the bottom of the page to get the complete bookcase plan that includes instructions, photos, and diagrams.

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    Custom Bookcase Plan from Popular Mechanics

    A diagram of a bookcase

     Popular Mechanics

    Popular Mechanics has a free bookcase plan that tells you how to build a bookcase that will fit any wall in your home.

    There are diagrams, pictures, and instructions to help you along all within this free bookcase plan.

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    Small Bookshelf Plan from This Old House

    A diagram of a DIY bookcase

     This Old House

    Here's a free bookcase plan that will get you a small bookcase with two shelves that are adjustable. With this plan you'll get over 10 square feet of shelf space but it takes up less than 3 square feet of space on your floor.

    This free bookcase plan includes a tools list, shopping list, diagram, and step-by-step instructions.

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    Free Bookcase Plan from Lee's Wood Projects

    A diagram of the front, side, and top of a bookcase

     Lee's Wood Projects

    This free bookcase plan from Lee's Wood Projects will get you a simple but elegant bookcase that will last for years to come.

    There are photos, diagrams, a material list, cutting instructions, and building instructions in this bookcase plan.