Leaning Door Shelf

Jess had her eye on this shelf made from a reclaimed door on Pinterest. (By the way, make sure to follow us if you want to see everything we like on Pinterest!) It’s a pretty cool way to reuse an old door. Problem is, we don’t have any old doors laying around or a place that sells reclaimed doors in our area. So I doodled around in Sketchup a little bit and came up with this. She loved it – the same way she loved me the first time we met! (That’s a lie, she couldn’t stand me when we first met. More on that later.) It’s simple, cheap, and made from lumber you can find at any home improvement store.

Total lumber cost was less than $40. Plan on spending an additional $20 or so if you go for the optional hardware (backplate, hinges) to complete the old door look. I’m working on building this project as I write this, so look for the completed build post in the next few days. (Update: It’s done! You can see the completed project and full build here.)



This is a great weekend project – I think I only had about 8 hours into it total. Be sure to click below for the plan that will show you every step necessary to build this shelf yourself.

leaning-door-shelf As with all of our plans, you don’t need a ton of sophisticated woodworking tools to complete this project. All of the required tools are what I would consider essential for any DIY’er.


  • Tape Measure
  • Circular Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Drill/Driver
  • Pocket hole jig (like the Kreg Jig)
  • Brad Nailer
  • Table Saw (optional)
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  • 2×6
    • 2 @ 8’
    • 1 @ 10’
  • 2×12
    • 1@3’
  • 1×12
    • 1 @ 8’
  • 1×4
    • 1 @ 4’
  • 1×6
    • 1 @ 3’


  • Pocket Hole Screws
    • 2-1/2″
    • 1-1/4″
  • Hinges
  • Backplate or Knob



To get the plan that will show you how to build this unique shelf yourself, click the image below:


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