I think I'm slightly addicted to furniture- is that a thing? I have a couple of vintage side tables and ikea stands on permanent rotation in my bedrooms but after spying this floating book idea on urban outfitters I figured I could DIY myself another bedside table (..what's one more hey?)




this is such a  simple concept and takes no time at all to fix up! if you want a floating shelf of your own read on for the how to...




materials

...and a few books!




those books don't hold themselves up and that's where the brackets come in. I hunted around until I found these large angle brackets which fit flush to the wall (for maximum invisibility!) 

when you've picked your shelf location grab a spirit level and mark where you need to drill. 

drill the holes- pop in your wall plugs- secure the brackets into place with screws. 




open a book and rest it onto the bracket arms protruding from the wall. you'll sandwich the arms between the back page of the book and the main body to hide the bracket (you'll need to add some glue to the back page to stick it to the underside of the bracket.)

place on a few more books to finish the shelf!




the beauty of this bedside table is that you can actually read it! as long as the bottom book is in place on the bracket you can switch the top books out for your current reading material.. I do most of my reading in bed so this couldn't be more handy.

I think a whole row of these shelves would look pretty snazzy and you want wider books just add an extra bracket!

you can use these shelves in other rooms as a wall feature if couldn't cope with a bedside table this minimal.. what do you think to them?

back soon

caroline x






32 comments

  1. I've always wondered how these worked, and it does make sense! You probably could get away with not covering the bracket as well, as you'd only really see it from the bottom.. right? Love it! xx

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    1. Agreed! It's not weird to love furniture, I also love it myself!

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    2. yep absolutely! unless you look underneath you can't tell the difference :) thanks tolly xx

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  2. I love this idea it's so cool! Thanls for the tutorial!

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  3. this looks so cool, awesome idea! thanks for sharing <3

    hannie,
    huemorist.blogspot.com.

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  4. This is so perfect, brilliant idea! X
    graciousghost.blogspot.com

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  5. This is so perfect, brilliant idea! X
    graciousghost.blogspot.com

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    1. yay- thanks adele! have a great weekend xx

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  6. aah this is such an amazing idea! definitely saving this post and doing this!

    Rachel // Style Soup

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    1. so glad to hear that!! thanks rachel :) xx

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  7. This is such a good idea and I love how it looks! x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. Isn't it- good old urban outfitters aha :) xx

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  8. This is soooo good! When we move you are coming round to do all my interiors ;) x

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    1. HELL YES (as long as I can pinch your clothes) xx

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  9. This is so cute and I've been needing some shelves in my room.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  10. Love the look of this! I must get round to trying this out :-)
    Abiee xx
    http://www.abieelucas.com

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  11. What a well thought out idea and not too difficult to achieve. Think I'll try this, it would be really useful in the kitchen for recipe books too. Thanks for the idea.

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    1. oh thats a great idea- thanks ann! :) xx

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  12. Wow, never thought of that!! This is so cool!!!

    Rachel x
    thehappybits.blogspot.com

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  13. I love this. I think a rubber band around the bottom book would also holds it in place?

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  14. Such a cool and effective idea x

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  15. Love this, if only I trusted myself with a drill!

    Maria xxx

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    1. haha- can you grab a helper? my dad is my go to assistant for my DIY's :) xx

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  16. I think this is awesome! And I agree that a whole row of these would look
    So neat! How would you make sure that it was level across the top, though? Since books are all different sizes? And, what is a spirit level?
    Oh, I also agree with the commenter who said this would be so cool in the kitchen for recipe books! Thanks for your answers in advance.

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    1. hey laurie! yes it would be awesome in the kitchen :) it's tricky to get the books level if you did a row of them but I'd just keep changing the books around until it was level (for example by switching the thickness of books- luckily I have lots and lots of books to use!)
      ps- a spirt level is a tool that indicates if a surface is level- for example a shelf! there are some spirit level apps that you can download if you don't have the tool :) xx

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