How to Build a Simple Collapsible Desktop Book Rack


Book racks are sometimes necessary for placing on top of desks. Book racks help to hold all of your books in place without them sliding down and making a mess. Make your own book rack to keep your books organized and in place. Make a collapsible book rack for using on your computer desk, your office desk or for your kids' desks. These collapsible book racks are simple to make using only a few tools. Keep these book racks in mind for gifts for friends and family members.

Step 1

Measure the pine. Measure and mark with a pencil one piece that is 6 inches wide and 18 inches long for the base. Measure and mark two other pieces that are 6 inches wide and 8 inches long for the side pieces.

Step 2

Use the saw to cut out your pine. Use any type of saw you have such as a chop saw, circular saw or even a regular hand held saw.

Step 3

Stain all the pieces of the book rack. Use a rag and apply a stain that already has the finish in it. Stain one side of each piece of pine at a time. Allow the stain on that side to dry thoroughly. Flip the pieces over and stain the other side. Do not forget to stain the edges of the pine as well.

Step 4

Allow the second side of stain to dry for 24 hours.

Step 5

Use the screwdriver to attach two of the hinges to one of the side pieces. Make sure to attach the hinges so the side can fold down onto the base of the book rack.

Step 6

Set the side piece on top of the base at one end of the book rack. Make sure the outside edges of the base and the side are flush.

Step 7

Attach the other side of the hinges to the base.

Step 8

Set the book rack on your desk and fill with books. Collapse the sides and store when it is not in use.

Things You'll Need

  • Pine
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Rag
  • Stain
  • 4, 2-inch hinges with screws
  • Screwdriver


  • Wooden Book Rack

Who Can Help

  • Book Rack
Keywords: book racks, collapsible book rack, build a book shelf

About this Author

Ruth O'Neil has been a freelance writer for almost 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles and stories in dozens of publications including "Parentlife," "CBA Retailers and Resources," "Lookout" and "Standard." She has also worked with a publishing company editing and preparing manuscripts for publication.

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