Toddler room: Tire Shelves 

I can’t take credit for this idea as it was definitely something I found first by googling tire decor on Google and then finding the same link on Pinterest. 

I knew I wanted something neat in Elijah’s room to help store knick knacks and books but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. 

That’s when I stumbled upon this photo of tire shelves.   

I sent the photo to Cody and we got planning right away. Cody thought car tires may be too heavy for the walls so I suggested we use the old street bike tires he had in our shed. I guess in this instance it was good he was storing garbage. 

We bought some burgundy spray paint, and after Cody had cleaned the tires and cut them to the size we wanted, I set them out on the deck and painted away. 

Cody had also measured and cut pieces of plywood to act as the actual shelf part and screwed the wood onto the tires. So everything got painted at once. 

Once they were good and dry, Cody hung them on the wall using L brackets. When I was painting them I thought they looked small but the space available on each shelf is deceiving. On the bottom shelf I put all the board books and other books that Elijah can flip through on his own. Any book I didn’t want ruined got put a little higher up.  



The shelves are the perfect space for some items that hold memories, like the wooden decoration from his church baby shower, the piggy bank from his Nana Donna and Papa Terry, and a box of newborn keepsakes. I also have a candle he was given by his Uncle Lowen up high where he can’t grab it. 

We made four shelves but felt three looked good in the original location so we put the last one above his bed as another stuffed animal storage place (all parents know you never have enough places to put all the stuffies!)    


8 thoughts on “Toddler room: Tire Shelves 

  1. Hey there! Your shelves turned out great. My husband and I designed and made the ones you found the photo of. Never thought anyone would be interested in building their own!

      1. Hi, I asked Elizabeth the same thing so that I could link it in my post, but she said she didn’t write a DIY tutorial, only posted the photo.

    1. Do you mind if I ask what kind of tires you used? I’d love to do this in my sons room but want a more uniform look like yours.

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