How to Build Invisible Bookshelves

Create these incredibly simple no-shelf bookshelves that'll leave your guests scratching their heads.

Next Project

An hour or less




Less than $20


How do you reinvent the bookshelf? Take away the shelf! This project will completely revamp your idea of functional wall decoration. All you need is some hook and loop fasteners, a couple of corner braces and some screws.

Tools Required

  • Drill/driver
  • Level

Materials Required

  • 5-in. corner braces
  • Books
  • Hollow wall anchors
  • Velcro

What It Takes

  • Time: 30 min.
  • Cost: $10
  • Skill level: Beginner

Project step-by-step (3)

Step 1

Attach the hook and loop fasteners to the book and the braces

Invisible Bookshelf Attach Velcro

Stick two hoop strips to the center of the back cover of the book. Stick the mating loop strip to one of the outer sides of the metal braces.

Step 2

Mount the braces to the wall

Invisible Bookshelf Mount Braces to the wall

Mark the corner brace locations on the wall using a level to ensure the shelf will be straight. Orient the braces so the loop strip faces the floor, then fasten the braces to the wall using drywall anchors and screws.

Step 3

Connect the hook and loop fastener strips

Invisible Bookshelf Attach Book

Set your book with the back cover hanging down on the brace. Line up the hook strips on the back cover with the mating loop strips on the brace and then close the cover, so it hides the brace and affixes the book to the brace. The book cover hides the brace and makes the assembly more secure.

Invisible Bookshelf LeadFamily Handyman