Build a Whimsical Cloud Bookshelf for a Kids' Bedroom

Organize and display your kids’ books and toys with style! Learn how to build this adorable cloud bookshelf with just a few supplies from the hardware store.

DIY Cloud Bookshelf for a Kid's Bedroom

DIY Cloud Bookshelf for a Kid's Bedroom

Organize your kids’ books and toys in style with this DIY bookshelf featuring whimsical cloud-inspired details.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Materials

  • (1) 1x10 x 8’ board
  • (1) 1x10 x 6’ board
  • (1) 1x8 x 6’ board
  • (1) 2’ x 4’ sheet of 1/4” plywood
  • veneer edge banding (optional)

NOTE: This plan assumes the boards are a nominal width, not actual width. Generally, a 1x10 board actually measures 9 1/4” wide, and a 1x8 board measures 7 1/4” wide. You can also use 3/4” plywood if you’d prefer.

Tools

  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • carpenter’s square
  • cordless drill/driver
  • table saw or circular saw
  • jigsaw
  • pocket hole jig
  • brad nailer or hammer
  • stapler
  • safety glasses
  • hearing protection
  • dust mask

Cut List

  • (2) 1x10 @ 35 1/4” (sides)
  • (1) 1x10 @ 24” (top)
  • (3) 1x10 @ 22 1/2” (shelves and bottom ripped to 8 1/2” wide)
  • (3) 1x8 @ 22 1/2” (cloud fronts)
  • (1) 1/4” plywood @ 36” x 24” (back panel)

For specific dimensions and 3D diagrams, download the PDF plans.

Measure and Cut the Pieces

Using the cut list above, measure, mark and cut the boards to length.

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Measure and Cut the Pieces

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Measure and Cut the Pieces

Measure, mark and cut the boards to length.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Drill the Pocket Holes

Pocket hole joinery involves drilling a pilot hole at a slight angle into one board, then joining it to a second board with a self-tapping screw. Pocket hole joinery is a fast and reliable way to join boards and create a strong joint.

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Drill the Pocket Holes

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Drill the Pocket Holes

Pocket hole joinery involves drilling a pilot hole at a slight angle into one board, then joining it to a second board with a self-tapping screw. Pocket hole joinery is a fast and reliable way to join boards and create a strong joint.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Using a pocket hole jig, drill 3/4” pocket holes into the two sides of the bookshelf. Attach the sides to the top with 1 1/4” pocket screws and wood glue. Whenever possible, try to drill downward and use gravity to your advantage.

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Pocket Hole Joinery

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Pocket Hole Joinery

Using a pocket hole jig, drill ¾” pocket holes into the two sides of the bookshelf. Attach the sides to the top with 1 ¼” pocket screws and wood glue. Whenever possible, try to drill downward and use gravity to your advantage.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Cut the Shelves

Measure, mark and cut the 6' 1x10 board to length for the shelves, then rip the shelves to 8 1/2” wide on a table saw or circular saw.

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Cut the Shelves

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Cut the Shelves

Measure, mark and cut the 6’ 1x10 board to length for the shelves, then rip the shelves to 8 ½” wide on a table saw or circular saw.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Attach the Shelves

Drill 3/4” pocket holes into the ends of the shelves and attach them to the sides with 1 1/4” pocket screws and wood glue. Notice that the shelves are flush to the back, to allow space for the cloud fronts.

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Attach the Shelves

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Attach the Shelves

Drill ¾” pocket holes into the ends of the shelves and attach them to the sides with 1 ¼” pocket screws and wood glue. Notice that the shelves are flush to the back, to allow space for the cloud fronts.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Complete Carcass

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Complete Carcass

Drill ¾” pocket holes into the ends of the shelves and attach them to the sides with 1 ¼” pocket screws and wood glue. Notice that the shelves are flush to the back, to allow space for the cloud fronts.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Optional: Apply Edge Banding

If you’re using plywood, use iron-on adhesive edge banding to hide the raw plywood edges.

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Add Edge Banding

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Add Edge Banding

If you’re using plywood, use iron-on adhesive edge banding to hide the raw plywood edges.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Draw the Cloud Shape

Using a round pot or bucket as a guide, trace a cloud shape onto the boards. Don’t worry about perfection here – clouds are whimsical and organic!

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Draw the Cloud Shape

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Draw the Cloud Shape

Using a round pot or bucket as a guide, trace a cloud shape onto the boards. Don’t worry about perfection here – clouds are whimsical and organic!

Cut Out the Cloud Shape

Use a jigsaw to cut the cloud shape out. Switch out a general purpose blade for a scroll blade on the jigsaw for more control, tighter curves and to minimize tear-out.

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Cut Out the Cloud Shape

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Cut Out the Cloud Shape

Use a jigsaw to cut the cloud shape out. Switch out a general purpose blade for a scroll blade on the jigsaw for more control, tighter curves and to minimize tear-out.

Paint the Clouds

Feel free to personalize these shelves. I used my CNC machine to carve the kids’ names on the fronts. Use paint or stencils and get creative!

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Paint and Personalize the Clouds

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Paint and Personalize the Clouds

Feel free to personalize these shelves. I used my CNC machine to carve the kids’ names on the fronts. Use paint or stencils and get creative!

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Attach the Cloud Fronts

Apply glue to the edges of the shelves and attach the cloud fronts with 1 1/4” brad nails.

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Attach the Cloud Fronts

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Attach the Cloud Fronts

Apply glue to the edges of the shelves and attach the cloud fronts with 1 ¼” brad nails.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Attach the Back Panel

Measure, mark and cut 1/4” back panel to size. Attach it to the back of the bookshelf with 1” staples and wood glue.

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Attach the Back Panel

DIY Cloud Bookshelf: Attach the Back Panel

Measure, mark and cut ¼” back panel to size. Attach it to the back of the bookshelf with 1” staples and wood glue.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Decorate It

Fill the finished bookshelf with your kids' favorite books, toys and other treasures.

DIY Bookshelf With Cloud-Inspired Details

DIY Bookshelf With Cloud-Inspired Details

This DIY kid's room bookshelf features whimsical cloud-inspired fronts, which can be personalized by carving or stenciling your kids' names into them.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

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