When we moved into our dream home 6 years ago, I saw this odd 11 foot wide bump out in our kids’ playroom and instantly knew what it needed… built-in bookcases! If you have any experience with built-ins or using basic materials to make things that look professionally crafted, let’s hear about it in the comments. In order to give the bookcase frame a built-in look, you’ll need beef it up a bit by adding 1×2 facing strips, baseboard, and crown molding. We trimmed off just enough of the top piece to make it flush with the front of the bookcase. This great A-frame style ladder shows that you can make a good DIY bookshelf using just about any type of old ladder.
On the cheap: An affordable way to get the look of a built-in bookcase without the cost is by setting a prebuilt freestanding bookcase against the wall, securing it and then adding molding to the base and top. We began by assembling the three Ikea bookshelves ( 2 of these and 1 of these ). To make them taller than standard we added the extension cabinets ( here and here ).
If you have drywall with wood framing, you probably won’t hit a stud as you try to screw the partition cleats to the wall (Photo 7). We were able to time the building of this unit with our electrician, and he was on-site running the wires for the outlets, fireplace and television as we constructed the unit. I started by only putting the middle bookcase in place so I had easy access to the wall to attach the brackets.
Similar to the first example shown in this article, this bookshelf headboard from Made By Mood shows how you don’t necessarily need to put yours up against a wall, and instead makes a great solution for a partition. I love the trend toward storing children’s books flat, because, let’s face it, it’s no fun to constantly rack books in a traditional bookshelf because your preschooler dug out all the books looking for Goodnight Moon.
This simple, easy-to-make ladder shelf was made with one half of a tall ladder. The wall color is ‘Camouflage’ by Benjamin Moore and the paint on the trim on the bookcases is Valspar’s ‘Dove White’. This is a fixed-shelf design that enables you to build shelves anywhere you like to match your needs. Using a pockethole jig like a Kreg R3 (found HERE & HERE ) will make easy work of your assembly.
We built our home 14 years ago and have found ways to make it work for us ever since. The lattice strips were cut and affixed to the surround and upper TV portion to add a decorative embellishment (based on my diagram above – I forgot to photograph this simple step). Test-fit the bookcase into the wall, checking to see if you need to trim drywall or sand stud imperfections. For example, a very rustic bedroom theme from A Beautiful Mess Antiques uses an old weathered bookshelf with lots of old books to match the lovely country bedding.
The paint really cleaned up the entire build and made it feel like one meant-to-be unit. Diameter holes along the length of each wall cleat, plumb the cleat into position and then drive a nail through the holes to mark the anchor locations in the drywall. Cleats are necessary for securing the cabinet to the wall (into studs) during installation for built-ins.
I have 2 openings beside my fireplace and would like to build units with glass doors-etched or patterned-who can i contact about getting some ideas. Jennifer at Rambling Renovators took pieces from IKEA’s PAX closet line and turned a bare wall into a cozy window seat flanked by extra storage space. This adorable shelf is perfect for small bathrooms and you can make it for just $10.
So I decided to save some time and money and just leave the back wall the existing color. A back panel gives a bookshelf a finished look and protects the paint on the wall behind the bookshelf. Glue, screw and clamp the butt joints where the sides, top and bottom of the bookcase meet. A wallhung cabinet with eyecatching details a pivoting bookcase installs over an. Bookcases, bookshelves at woodworkersworkshop. Turn on the saw, place one of the bookcase sides with the inner face down on the table, and cut a 3/4-inch wide rabbet on the top and bottom edges of the bookcase side. Use a level to make sure the bookcase is standing level horizontally and perpendicular.
Now, as you can see, there is a 4-foot wall halfway up on the 2nd floor, and the backside is a fabulous bookshelf. Also, because of the curve of the mantle ends we are unsure how to make the unit flush to the side of the molding around the fireplace. As all our furniture is truly bespoke we are able to build the combination of shelves/ drawers/ hanging rails that you require.
A bookshelf headboard from Jati Belanda appears to be custom made for this bed, with just some simple shelving at the top and a couple of built-in bedside tables on each side. I have half inch thick square aluminum tubes that I’m going to screw into the bottom of the shelves that will have the heavier books on them. Navy built-ins with wallpaper backing make a major statement in this eclectic space.
Use an oscillating tool to slice through nails on the inside wall and remove the studs. When you do this place a shelf board between them just to make sure you place the supporting boards correctly. Drill holes in two diagonal corners of the square and cut out the drywall with a drywall saw, at a slightly outward angle so the drywall doesn’t fall back in the wall. He’s a big fan of the arches and it’s fun to finally have a wall of shelves big enough to store all of our books.
As I was framing the walls of the kids playroom and I got to the end of this wall it dawned on me that a built in bookcase would be perfect here. Fasten the wall cleats to your drywall with wall anchors and construction adhesive. Secure your bookcases to the wall studs through the cleats you installed at the back of the bookcases. Thanks for posting this, your help will make our 1960s home look like something from this decade!
Drywall and, to keep the jobsite as tidy as possible, you should make surgical cuts and remove it in as large of sections as possible. I used scrap paneling boards to set my boards on. Prop up the side boards of your bookshelf and place a your cut 2×4″ in between and totally flush on the bottom. You will need to find branches of course that will work for creating a shelving unit.
Before I go any further, I want to make sure everything fits so I brought everything into my office and dry-fitted it. This is great because it’s an opportunity to make sure everything fits and also that I like it (nothing is glued so it would be easy to change something). Anti-sag cleat glued to the rear of the shelf is not a stock item, but you can make it on a table saw.