I just wanted to throw in a little update/revision/things I would change post in since this post had so much popularity and so many inquiries. My son’s truck book shelf (<— see it here) has been awesome. It still is. The kids BOTH love it.
- It’s sturdy. Both kids have tried to climb it to get Blaze and the Monster Machines down. Successfully (*sigh*). Make sure if you make this or eventually purchase this (wink wink), you hit the studs perfectly or you use some kick ass anchors.
- If I had to change any one thing regarding the design of it, I would make the shelf wider for more books or more lean for the books. Making 4-5″ shelves would be ideal. There have been times when my son will pick up his room and become frustrated because the books are falling back out (lack of lean and shelf space). But this leads me to #3 which is how I resolved the falling books situation.
3. To solve this issue, I tried to use string. That didn’t work. Especially with my kids. They jump, they climb, they push and pull. . . But heavy gauge wire did the trick. Here’s how . . .
Measure 3″ from the top of the shelf’s lip and 1/2″ inward in all 4 spots. Mark with a pencil.
Then drill your holes into the marks.
Insert your screw eye hooks.
Then attach the wire on one end and pull wire to the other end giving yourself at least an excess inch and clip.
Form a hook on the end that you clipped to hold it in place and move your child out of the way so that you can wrap the wire around the hook so it’s not sticking out in a fashion that could hurt someone.
After your first piece is nicely wrapped around the screw eye hook, pull wire as taut as possible and work it around the eye hook the same way as the first. Repeat for all shelves.
You’re not finished until you test the efficiency of your work. Or someone else tests it. . .