Keep it simple: with this DIY magazine and journal holder, you can show off your favourite reads like never before.
- Cost22-30 £
- Duration3-4 h
Are you the proud owner of some wonderful books and magazines that are too good to sit and gather dust on your bookshelf? Then this book and magazine holder is just what you need. Just a few simple steps are all it takes to build your own and you can change it up time and again to suit your mood or decor.
It should go without saying that your safety is paramount throughout every step of the project, so make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. You can find everything you need to know about the correct protective clothing you need when using each type of tool in our overview.
- countersink bit
- paint roller
- paint brush
- safety glasses
- painter masking paper or painter foil
- Planed beechwood ledge (40 x 30 mm) – length 0.75 m (cut to length at your local DIY store, if necessary)
- 5x leather straps, 80 cm each (5 mm thick)
- 5x wooden balls made from beechwood, drilled through (50 mm diameter)
- 5x wooden balls made from beechwood, drilled through (40 mm diameter)
- 2x screws, wood screws with countersink head (5 x 100)
- 2x wall plugs (8 mm)
- Primer/base coat
- Wood varnish in Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2020, Classic Blue
- Wood varnish in mahogany brown
Let's go - step by step
Making the markings
You need: Digital Laser Measure Zamo (Set), pencil, Planed beechwood ledge (40 x 30 mm) – length 0.75 m (cut to length at your local DIY store, if necessary)
Mark the locations for the drill holes on the wide side of the wooden ledge. To do this, first use the Zamo, the tape adapter and a pencil to make five markings at intervals measuring 7.5 cm / 15 cm / 15 cm / 15 cm / 15 cm (starting from the end of ledge and then using each previous marking as the new starting point) (Image 1). Mark the exact centre at each of these points – 20 mm away from both the top and bottom edges (Image 2). All that’s left now is to mark where you’re going to drill the holes so you can mount the ledge to the wall later. For these holes, measure out 15 cm from both ends on the narrow side of the wooden ledge and mark these points in the centre of the ledge.
Drilling the holes in the wooden ledge
Drill through all five markings on the wide side of the wooden ledge as well as the two on the narrow side (image 1). Fasten the ledge in place on your workbench using G-clamps while you do so. Also drill countersink holes in the two holes in the narrow side with the countersink attachment (Image 2). Fastening the ledge in place with G-clamps will make this easier as well.
Painting the ledge and the balls
You need: paint roller, paint brush, Masking paper, 5x wooden balls (40 mm diameter), 5x wooden balls (50 mm diameter), Primer, Wood varnish in Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2020, Classic Blue, Wood varnish in mahogany brown
Next, prime the ledge and the balls using a paint roller, a paintbrush and primer. Then, let everything dry completely. Tip: use chopsticks to hold the balls in place while you prime them. Now, paint the balls with coloured varnish (Image 1). We chose Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2020, Classic Blue. Also use the paint roller to make the ledge a lovely shade of brown – mahogany brown, for example (Image 2).
Marking the centre in a wall niche
You need: Digital Laser Measure Zamo (Set), pencil
We have mounted our book and magazine holder in the very centre of a wall niche. Do you want to do the same? Then use the Zamo digital laser measure to measure the width of the wall and note down the value. Halve this value and mark out the new value – the Zamo tape adapter makes this nice and simple. This value is the centre of your DIY magazine holder. Now, decide at which height you want your magazine holder to be and mark the final centre point on your wall.
You can also mount the ledge wherever you like on your wall.
Marking the drill holes
It’s now time to mount the ledge to the wall. To do this, place the Zamo digital laser measure on a household ladder, for example, and project the horizontal laser line with guides at the high of the point marked on the wall (Image 1). We used books to do this. The horizontal laser line now helps you to mount the ledge accurately. Hold the ledge so that the side with the five holes is facing upwards and the side with the two countersink holes facing into the room. The middle of the five holes must now be at the precise height of the wall marking. This will mean your magazine holder will hang exactly in the centre of the niche. Now, use a long, thin screw to stab through the countersink holes and mark the drill holes (Image 2). Then, drill the two holes and countersink the plugs into them with a hammer.
Mounting the ledge to the wall
Tying and mounting the cords and the balls
You need: scissors, 5x leather straps, 80 cm each (5 mm thick), 5x wooden balls made from beechwood, drilled through (50 mm diameter), 5x wooden balls made from beechwood, drilled through (40 mm diameter)
Finally, cut the leather straps to the desired length and knot each leather cord at one end with a double knot. Thread each leather band through a large ball and pull it through one of the five holes in the ledge from bottom to top. Now, thread a small ball and the end as well. Repeat this process for all five holes – each with small ball at the top and large one at the bottom.
You can now hang up your favourite magazine, journals and light books on your new piece of DIY furniture.