Chicken wire or fencing
Wood or rubber product
Screwdriver and screws (for wall version)
There are so many different ways to use a wagon. You can pull your child up and down the street with it or your kid can pull dolls or pets in it. You can transport heavy things from the house to the garage, and you can use it for books. No, don’t deposit the wagon – full of castoff books – in the garage; you can do something much nicer than that. An old wagon – or a new one – works fabulously as a bookcase for a child’s room. You can complete the project in a few minutes, or in hours, depending on the bookcase style that you want, as well as how much effort that you want to put in.
Make a pull along bookcase, where the child can pull the wagon full of books around the house, or you can make a different version – one that hangs on a wall. The wall version is really nice but takes more time than the other bookshelf.
An ordinary wagon is not especially deep; the goal is to make it a bit deeper so that it can hold an amount of books. Chicken wire or garden fencing works great for that purpose. Use wire cutters to cut a long rectangle of the particular fence. First, measure around the perimeter of the inside of the wagon and then add a couple of inches to that figure. Cut the rectangle, wrap it around the inside perimeter, and bend the fence to create crisp corners. Where the two ends meet, wire the fence together.
There are various ways to secure the bottom of the fence to the inside of the wagon. One is to cut slender boards to the size of the inside perimeter; nail them together and wedge them tightly into the wagon. Another thing that you can do is to apply a product – found at a home improvement store – that is painted onto the bottom of the fence and the wagon. As it dries, it turns to rubber, and that holds the fence in place. Don’t have what it takes to cut and install the fence? Use a wire basket instead. The baskets come in so many sizes; it won’t be hard to find an appropriate one.
If you prefer a wall bookshelf, remove the handle of the wagon. Removal of the wheels is optional. Screw the wagon to the wall (the wagon should already have the fencing installed) and display the books. The wagon bookcase is useful, but if you don’t have a lot of books, you can use it to hold stuffed animals or other toys.