Easy DIY Rolling Bookshelf

Hello All! I am back again, to share a really easy DIY project the LMB household took on this weekend. One of these years I’ll figure out a way to maintain a regular post schedule. Anyway, this Easy DIY Rolling Bookshelf is one of the easiest projects I have done, at very little cost, I could not help but share. As many of you know LMB has been very busy with the opening of The Found Cottage, running the blog, and everything in between. She mentioned a bookshelf on wheels and this is what I came up with.

Rolling BookShelf 1

Rolling BookShelf 2

The Materials.

2) 1 x12 @ 8ft

2) 1 x 4 @ 8ft

4) Casters

Wood Filler

3 inch Wood Screws

16) 1 1/2 inch countersink bolts and nut

The Tools.

I had Home Depot cut the wood, so no saws were used


Drill Bits

Builder Square

Tape Measure

The How.

Determine the placement of the shelves and the gaps between the top and bottom of each, measure out each 1 x 4 and draw a line across at each measurement. This line is going to be the center of the shelf. I marked out 3/4 of an inch from each side of the 1 x 4 for my drill hole placement.

My measurements are 1/2 inch from the top of the 1 x 4, 1 /2 inch from the bottom of the 1 x 4 (Very top and Very bottom shelves). 12 inches from the top (upper middle shelf). 18 inches from the bottom (lower middle shelf). The difference in the gap of the shelves is strictly preference.


I used a 5/16 drill bit, and pre-drilled all of my marks on all four of the 1 x 4 boards. This prevents my screws from splitting the wood, especially since I plan on using a longer/larger screw and I will be torquing it passed flush, to allow me to apply would filler afterwards to conceal the screw head. A little side note, I am a huge fan of the GRK screws, I used them on my first project a few months ago, and I truly enjoyed the comfort and non-skipping of the screws. They do cost a little more than the average T15 (star bit) screws, but little to no skipping and they seat very well into wood and drywall, so if you have been struggling with screws lately give them a try. Now, the GRK screws do mention that no pre-drilling is needed, however I believe it to be good practice, and using a drill bit to keep a nice straight perpendicular guide for the screw is again just good practice, and will prevent unwanted tilts or runaway screws poking out on the side of your project someday.


Once all the pilot holes have been drilled, starting on one side and work your way down, screw a 1 x 12 (shelf) to the top of the 1 x 4 flush across the top, ensuring that the screw is sinking into the wood, to allow the wood filler to conceal it later on. ***In the previous step, drilling the pilot holes, you can drill a hole using a countersink drill bit to create the divot for the head of the screw to sink into, since I bought cheaper common board pine, I know the screw is not going to have any problem sinking into the wood, so I did not use a countersink drill bit. Also, the set I had I broke, and have yet to replace, or else I would have used them. Once the shelves are attached to the 1 x 4, staying on the same side, attach the rear 1 x 4 to the shelves. Make sure you use a builders square, or something with a true 90 degree angle to keep the piece square. Once the shelves are fully attached to the one side, move over to the other side and repeat the same step.

For the casters or wheels, I bought them from Home Depot for 5-ish dollars a piece. This is where the bulk of the cost is going to come from, however the 5 dollar price tag looked a lot better than the 9.99 one at Tractor Supply, same wheel. Place the wheels in the corners, and trace out where their holes are located and drill away, the size of the hole is going to be dependent on the size of the bolt you purchased. Tighten down the nut and bolt, repeat this for the remaining 3 wheels.


I took a hand planner to all of the edges throughout the entire bookshelf, and really drove into the shelves to give it a unique look.


Shelf Texture 1


Rolling BookShelf 3

Again, really easy let me know what you think. If you have been to The Found Cottage, I plan on writing out a tutorial on how I built the awning in the store, so keep an eye out for that post. Other than that, find me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and share with me any project ideas, questions, or any projects you have done. Thanks.

The Cut List.

Vertical Sides: Cut the 1 x 4 @ 8 ft in half to 4 ft

Shelves: Cut the 1 x 12 to 44 3/4 inches (Optional: you will have enough left over if you want to make the top board have an overhang on each side. In that case have one of the 1 x 12 cut to 45 3/4 to have a half inch overhang).

** I cheated on this project, I had a guy from the lumber department at Home Depot cut my boards for me, so this projects is essentially just assembly.


  1. Kim Dykman says:

    Wow – you made the instructions so easy that I might even be able to make one! Great job and I love the finished look as well. It is light enough to easily move around, even without the wheels! I am making a list in my head of all the many uses for something like this. I would love to see you make something similar in a corner unit…we all have lots of corners that could use some attention. The paint job is exactly right…thanks for sharing!

  2. Michelle says:

    Wow, so simple! I love it. Could you please tell me what you painted it with, though?

    • craftsmandrive@gmail.com says:

      Hi Michelle,

      I used Masion Blanche Paint, Confederate Gray with Dark Wax.

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