Train Track Bookshelf

My husband and I got an idea to make a new bookshelf for our son. I kept finding that he has a hard time trying to put books back on a bookshelf and he thinks it is way too much fun pulling them off the shelf and watching them fall. So no matter what I seem to do there is always a pile of books on the floor.

Now, since my husband works for the railroad and my son is completely into the “choo, choos” we find it only fitting to make a bookshelf that looks like a train track. Plus it is bitter sweet for me since his room when he was a baby was a train and elephant theme. Now that he is almost 2 we seem to be transitioning him to more of a “big boy” room but still get to keep some of the original theme.

with books
With all the books in it
From the Front

We used all pine boards because when stained those look the most like railroad tracks. Make sure to get some that are a little bit more expensive so the grain will show through once they are stained.

For the boxes:
Two 1 x 6 x 8 foot pine boards
Two 1 x 4 x 8 foot pine boards
One 2 x 4 x 4 foot pine board

For the rails:
One 8 foot handrail that is curved on the side



Stain and Varnish:
1 coat of stain (Or until desired color) and 3 coats of varnish. Do all coats of stain first and then all coats of varnish second. We used the Minwax brand for both.

Paint (for the rails):
2 coats of any type of gray paint. We used some extra that we had from one of our rooms.


Our final boxes measure 28in x 3.5in (opening) x 4.5in. You can always adjust these measurements depending on your space. We spaced each box 8 inches apart which seems to be enough to fit some of the larger books and gives our little guy enough room to get books in and out.

Over all the project turned out great!!! It only took us about 3 days to finish it up and cost just under $100. Now hopefully little man will have fun keeping his books picked up. I have even put a big blanket on the floor and some pillows to make a little reading corner just for him.


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