An Awesome DIY portable bookshelf with a drawer

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another post for this week. I hope you having a wonderful week. Today I’m going to share with you the awesome DIY projects that I made for books. You guys going to love this idea because it’s a cool one. This Is An Awesome DIY portable bookshelf with a drawer.

If you guys didn’t see the first part of this awesome DIY portable bookshelf project. You have to go check it out. Because I talked about some required items that will be shown in this post. Since I’m not going to mention it again in this part of the project.

And I tried a new way of writing posts. Basically, instead of talking about the entire project. I just gave some hints about it. So you guys can find out what the project will be and there were some good guesses haha. I thought this would add more fun to the posts.

I thought to add some fun to it and make it more interesting. Something about me, I like trying new ideas and ways so that things get a bit entertaining. I’m going to try it again in the future with another project. Also, come up with new stuff to do. Stay tuned!

Today you guys will know what exactly did I make for the books. But, there are some things that I still need to mention. Since I didn’t talk much last part, you know. Well, by now you should know what is that I made but the question of how it looks like. If you want to know that, keep reading to see this awesome DIY portable bookshelf.

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An Awesome DIY portable bookshelf with a drawer

This is the first time doing a project like this and it was a bit longer than usual. However, it will be so worth the effort if you love to read books because this would be perfect. If you are a book lover, then this going to help you a lot and make life easy for you.

If you have a different idea to use this that will make life easier, that would be cool. Let me know in the comment section what would that idea be. However, this mainly made for books.

This project will require you a few things that I mentioned in the first part. Which things that are easy to get. And necessary to to have if you want make this awesome DIY portable bookshelf. Also, you don’t have to spend a lot of money which is something cool about doing DIY crafts.

It will be fully made out of cardboard and paper as usual. My usual materials haha. I’m working on these two for now. So this means that it will not cost a lot, but you might use more papers than any other projects that I made before haha.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this project will be long and it took me about three days to finish. You maybe can get it done shorter time because I had to plan and draw how this will be. So it took me time. This tutorial on how to make this awesome DIY portable will help you to get it done in a short time.

Also, a new addition to this project. Something that is useful and cool for the bookshelf and that is the drawer. This portable bookshelf has only one. And you can store books inside it when you are done reading but haven’t yet finished them. Also, open and close it like any drawer and easily without any troubles.

So This is like a mini bookshelf that you can put on the cabinet next to your couch or your bed. Which will help to keep the books safe and quick to reach when you get back reading. Something cool about it is that can be placed in different places, wherever you want.

Well, now that we talked about the awesome DIY portable bookshelf. Let’s see what is left missing to make the full project and how it will look like.

The required items

Basic requirement:
  • White A4 papers
  • Blue normal papers
  • Glue gun
  • Scissor
  • Cardboard

Well, I’m going to start with the basic requirements that we need to work on the project. As you can see in the list above. Everything is easy to get and almost everyone already has it. I’m going to share how I’m going to use white and blue papers.

If you guys missed the first part of this awesome DIY portable bookshelf project. I shared that I’m going to need few cardboard boards. And covered them with a white layer using paper. I’m going to show you guys the finished look of what I turned them into.

Small pieces of cardboard. An Awesome DIY portable bookshelf with a drawer.
The blue handle. An Awesome DIY portable bookshelf with a drawer.
The top board shelf.
The blue belts. An Awesome DIY portable bookshelf with a drawer

However, there are few more things that I said I’m going to talk about in the second part which is this post. The first one is what I’m going to use to fix a problem that I couldn’t fix before haha.

The second one as you can see in the picture above is the drawer handle. You can use any handle you have at home as long as it’s a little bigger to match the size of the portable bookshelf. But it’s easy to make one out of cardboard for the drawer and it will be strong. Also, as bigger or smaller as you want.

This is what I like about making things at home. You can adjust or make anything as you want. And I said that many times in my previous blog posts. So it’s a good reason why you want to start doing DIY crafts. However, sometimes you will need some patience to finish a project haha.

So I’m going to make this portable bookshelf with two shelves. At first, I thought of two drawers, but then, I changed to one drawer and one just open shelf. You will see in a bit how it will look. Also, the paper on the center as you can see in the picture above. It was just to add something to it but you can keep it as it is if you want.

The last thing, I’m going to need for this awesome DIY portable bookshelf. Is a blue belt for decoration and you will see in a bit how I’m going to use them as well. Stay tuned. I didn’t want to add a lot of decorations to it at the start. However, these belts measure, the length is based on the cardboard boards and the width is about 3cm.

I think 3cm is perfect because I don’t want it to be too wide which will ruin the look of the portable bookshelf. Also, if I need to add any other decoration, it would be easy and there are a plenty of space for it.

The process of making the project

The board glued together. An Awesome DIY portable bookshelf with a drawer

So as you can see in the picture above. I glued the boards to make an open box which some of you guessed… it will be a box haha. But it wasn’t yet finished because I’m just getting started, you know. These are just the basic and important parts of the bookshelf. Later it will start to look awesome DIY portable bookshelf.

The most work on this project was covering the boards with white layers and cutting them. Because they are bigger and longer boards. And I had to cut many of them. That took me time and mostly made me used a lot of papers than I usually use haha.

The top shelf added. An Awesome DIY portable bookshelf with a drawer

As you can see in the picture above. I glued the top shelf using gun glue. And I only glued it which is enough to hold as many books as possible. I thought of adding more cardboard on the sides. But trying this was enough. However, you would need to put more glue on the sides so it can be stronger.

By the way, the glue gun becomes stronger when it gets colder which helps the projects to be firm. Another reason why I like using it for most of my projects.

The inside of the portable bookshelf.

Here is how it looks from the inside. The drawer won’t stop at the edge of the box and the boards were longer than the drawer. So the drawer gets deep inside. I made the two cardboard pieces to stop the drawer from going further inside. This made it look perfect because if it goes deep inside, then it will ruin the look of this bookshelf.

You can skip this by making sure that the boards are perfectly measured with the drawer. It would take me forever to do everything all over again. So I fixed it using this way haha. And this one of the things I wanted to talk about in this post.

The drawer with the handle. An Awesome DIY portable bookshelf with a drawer

You guys have seen this in the first part. However, not with the handle as it is shown in the picture above haha. I kept it for the second part so it will be obvious to guess it, you know.

So this is the second shelf and it is a drawer for the books. I have tested the handle strength. And let me tell you that. It was perfect. Just make sure to add more glue to the handle and drawer. I used a glue gun which stronger and it gets colder quickly.

An Awesome DIY portable bookshelf with a drawer

Wrapping this project with adding the blue belt on the edges of this awesome DIY portable bookshelf. As you can see in the picture above. I wanted to put more decorations on the sides but it would take me too long to finish this project. However, I can any decoration any time later and just glue it to the sides or anywhere I want.

So I had to go with the simple look because I was afraid that it won’t work or something fails, you know haha. I would then have to do everything again. And this is another reason why I wanted to keep it like that which is not bad at all and it’s ready for daily use.

At this point, everything is done and it’s all did for this awesome DIY portable bookshelf. And as you can see in the picture below. How it looks when you open the drawer which can be easily opened and closed. I can put books on both shelves and it won’t fall.

The finished look of the bookshelf

I also added some blue belts on the bottom sides and the front of the drawer as well for more coloring touches. You can choose any color you want. I just thought blue would be perfect. If you making this for yourself or someone else you love. You can replace it with your favorite color or your friend’s favorite color.

The drawer and bookshelf.
More pictures of the finished bookshelf.

Important tips:

Well as much as this can help you with daily life to orgnaze books. There are important things that you should pay attention to when using this awesome DIY portable bookshelf.

  • Carry it carefully when changing places
  • Don’t let kids play with it.
  • Make sure kids don’t mess it with other colors
  • When opening the drawer, make sure to open it normally.

You can change the place as you want to use this awesome DIY portable bookshelf. However, when changing places, make sure to carry it careful so that it won’t be messed up or drop it. This also applies to the ones you buy from the store and same thing with this one.

The next two, is you need to make sure that kids don’t play with it. Since it’s a small, kids might want to play with it haha. That would ruin it. Also, using colors to paint on it unless you want them to add a decoration to it with drawings, that;s fine.

There are a lot of things to pay attention to but the last I’m going to mention. You need to carefully open the drawer as it’s not made of iron to open it aggressively you know haha. These will help you also to make sure that this awesome DIY portable bookshelf lasts a long time.

This bookshelf can hold up to 5-8 books on top and the drawer, as many as you can fit in there. It depends on the book size since we have different sizes for them. This goes same with the top shelf. It can hold up to 10 small books or light weighted books

Conclusion of this awesome DIY portable bookshelf with a drawer

Well, this is it for this post. And the second part of the project that I made for the first time for book lovers. It was a fun project but also a little bit longer which is worth it.

I would love to know what you guys this of this idea. It could be something useful for book lovers. As I said, you can put it on the cabinet next to the couch. And put any book on it or inside the drawer that you still need to finish. This going to help for quick reach and a safe place for books. If you have a bigger bookshelf.

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An Awesome DIY portable bookshelf with a drawer

41 Replies to “An Awesome DIY portable bookshelf with a drawer”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! This is really helpful for me because I’m always thinking of moving some of my books near my working table and this portable bookshelf is perfect! ✨

  2. looks very useful! I did similar to fill in the shelf I want to use differently than it was originally designed. Very well put. I think I will redo my diy with your version: It is better

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