Need a fun portable ladder bookcase for the home? Look no more

Hey Guys! Today is going to be a fun day because I am sharing a fun, quick and easy project with you guys. A portable ladder bookcase. I know a lot of friends with apartments and a few friends in school who can benefit from furniture that's easy to move, so I figured why not create something for them.

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DIY Ladder Bookcase

Trust me, you don't want to miss this one. The best part about this project is that it took me less than two hours to build. Thats right! The perfect weekend project to bring some style to your living room.

Ladder Bookcase

Now let's get to it!


Cut List

  • 4 - 2x2s @ 72"
  • 10 - 2x2s @ 14 1/2"
  • 4 - 1x10s @ 27"

Tools Used

Check out my build video on how I built this ladder bookcase before reading through the detailed steps.

Step 1: Building the Ladders

The first step for this project is creating the two ladders of the bookcase. I began attaching the five (14 1/2") 2x2s to the longer (72") 2x2s using using a Kreg Jig on a 1 1/2" setting.  

Ladder Bookcase

I attached the 2x2s using 2 1/2" pocket hole screws to attach along with wood glue.  I also used my two  Kreg Right Angle Clamps to assist with the ladder assembly.

To make sure my 2x2s were lined up correctly, I used my Milwaukee 25 ft. Premium measuring tape. I really love the finger stop tape retraction that you can control with your fingers, a nice finger saver.

Milwaukee Tape Measure

The magnetic tip on the Milwaukee measuring tape features up to 9ft. of tape standout with nylon bond blade protection and easily holds to steel studs and EMT.

Here are the measurements for the two ladders.

DIY Ladder Bookcase

I used my Dewalt driver to drive in all of the pocket holes. It did great with the joinery process.

DIY Ladder Bookcase

Step 2: Attach Hinges

After the ladders were assembled, I began attaching the hinges I am using three Everbilt Black Hinges for this project. I first, used my drill to drill in pilot holes where the hinges will be attached.

These pilot holes will make it a lot easier to screw in the screws for the hinges. DIY Ladder Bookcase

To screw in the screws for the hinges, I am using my Dremel 4V GO Screwdriver. It is a Push and Go screwdriver that starts with a simple push, making overhead applications simple. 

Dremel Go drilling in screws into hinges

For a little tool, the Dremel 4V GO features superior torque, with 360 RPM to drive screws 2x faster than comparable products. It also features overdrive protection to help prevent damaging surfaces and stripping holes.

Once the three hinges are attached, the two ladders are now foldable.

Step 3: Add in the Shelving

Now this was probably the easiest step in the process, adding the shelves. I used two 1x10s and cut them down to four shelves using my miter Saw . I cut the shelves down to 27".

DIY Ladder Bookcaseand WAA-LAH! Project Finished.DIY Ladder BookcaseThis project would be perfect for any renters or people who are looking for portable furniture. It's an easy project you can knock out in a weekend and doesn't take a whole lot of skills to knock out.DIY Ladder Bookcase

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Thanks for reading guys. XOXO, Ashley
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September 08, 2019 — Ashley Basnight