How To Build DIY Built In Bookcases From IKEA Billy Bookshelves

Industrial pipe shelving has been a DIY request since season two, episode one – The Little House on the Prairie. Because this is a swinging door, though, make sure whatever is placed on the shelves has a stable base and does not tip easily. SAND & SISAL TIP: To check for square” have your partner hold the bottom of the bookcase securely. From the longer measurement top corner, tap it with a rubber mallet or hand towards the shorter measurement corner. The design is beautiful, but (you knew there was going to be a but”, right?) I’m not quite certain how best to fit it into an existing room when I can’t have the bookcase flush with the existing wall.

These fun shelves are not only a unique shape, but they also automatically open to reveal a hidden room. Repeat this process with the next row up, but before you nail the vertical 2×4 to the second row, make sure to level it vertically with your long level. You can also just attach the spice racks to the wall if you don’t have a dresser that you can use. I haven’t found the cases on Rixson hinges sag much, especially if they’re built correctly. This project will tie in with the rest of the room better if you replace your existing base molding and carry it through along the bottom of the bookcase.

We decided to paint the trim a different color, so we primed and painted the bookshelf and trim separately and then added the trim after everything was dry. I recently built some new garage shelves in the home we have been living in for a couple years now. Screw 1×2 strips (U1) to the bottom of the partitions and make center floor supports (V) from scrap plywood to support the lower base shelves (Photo 15). The building plans are really simple and you can complete it in less than a weekend, depending on how fast you work. The additional support goes a long way, limiting the need to rotate the shelves.

This pallet bookshelf tutorial can be taken into work in multiple ways, you can use it in your kitchens as utensil rack, it will also work great as shoes rack and it is also a perfect storage station for your blankets and clothes. The partitions shown in Photos 8 and 9 can be placed wall to wall as shown or can stop halfway into a room and then finish off on the open side. Being that we were able to build it so inexpensively so many years ago, has also been a big advantage financially. To maintain uniformity, make sure to install the outside stiles flush with the bookcase side. You can also check out our free project plans , to see other cool things to build.

DIY built in bookshelves are no matter of joke, as they require considerable knowledge in woodworking, apart from a lot of time. And then once trim was added to the top around the ceiling, and then whole thing was primed (twice) and painted (three times), and the wall touched up, it looked like this! I don’t want to attach it directly to the wall so I might try using a french cleat system. First thing you want to do is decide how long you want your cloud bookshelf ledges to be. We opted for 2ft wide shelves and we needed 3 of them total. Another question: I read you added the vertical pieces with fasteners from the inside of the bookcase.

You can get wooden spice racks for pretty cheap, although you should measure first to make sure that you get them the right size. To prevent the case from sagging, I dadoed the sides to accept the shelves (see photo, right), something I don’t always do for built in cases. Then, in addition, add a ball bearing roller low on the non-hinge side of the bookcase while also plowing out a slot / socket along the width of the bookcase.

I’d build them normally then shim them depending on how much slope there is. I actually have the front legs of mine shimmed to make it lean slightly back toward the wall because my floor slopes slightly. Using a bookcase for cover is the most popular method, but there are different styles and difficulties when it comes to the design. For now, we’ll just concentrate on getting some inexpensive wood from a home center and figure out how to make the pieces come together.how to build a bookshelf step by step

One thing we miss so much from our last house was the floor to ceiling bookshelves we had built into our living room. I really appreciate all the effort you took to write as much detail for each step as possible. As you can see in the picture below, your garage shelves should be strong enough to double as a jungle gym for your kids! Mark a spot on the inside left side of the bookcase, 2 inches in from the front of the bookcase and 2 inches in from the back, directly below the line you’ve marked in pencil.

You could cut some 3/4″ thick pine, maybe 3″ wide or so and attach it to the face of the bookcase to create a nice finished appearance. I began assembling the two bottom rows of shelves on the floor, and then I proceeded to stack and attach each row of shelves upright against the wall. I was just thinking to make these removable you could also nail the trim and the top together first. Measure the width of the shelves and use a rafter square to mark it with a pencil. Continue the woodworking project by installing the shelves, as in the free plans. Below are the plans Steve drew up after we looked at ideas and brainstormed what would work for our space.

I secured it to the ceiling beams and the side (where it is against the wall) with more screws to keep it stable for the time being. With all the rails and stiles in place, you’re ready to install the cove molding (Photo 6). To avoid tedious work later, sand all the molding before you start cutting it. Installing the molding is the slowest phase of building a bookshelf because cutting it to the right length on the first try is almost impossible. It may help to make a simple diagram of the bookcase you’re about to make, noting the dimensions for each part. You need fabric to make it, plus a couple of curtain rod brackets and a few other supplies.

From what I’ve learned, the best way to design and build a durable swing-out bookcase door, one that can be adjusted easily, and one that’s truly invisible, is to design the door to swing above the baseboard, and hang it on a center-hung pivot hinge. Attach notched 1x2s or 2x4s to wall studs, then attach notched shelves to those. 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). While we let the Bondo filler dry, we went onto building the shelves using MDF for the shelves and select pine for the facing on the front edge of the shelf.

Our Building Materials Department carries plywood , lumber , and just about anything else you need to make your home better. Lay out the back angle irons on the floor and place the shelves in their appropriate locations. This cutaway drawing of construction details shows how to construct the built-in bookcase. I think you’d be much happier with these features as they really are designed to make it even easier to use. The paint was hardly dry before I dove into the garage and started digging out some of our favorite tchotchkes and books that I haven’t seen in ages (8 months of living through renovations and we are finally starting to un-pack some boxes and settle in).

Again, there are many different ways to build a bookcase but I want strong joints so I like to use dados. The corner cabinet was built in place because it was too large to move into the room and the corner wasn’t perfectly square. We love this ladder shelf because of the shelves themselves: each one has a back and sides that give more depth to your shelves and allows you to put more items on them without having to worry about them coming too close to the sides of the shelves. That’s good news for those of us who have limited space to work in. Simple design uses 2x4s and plywood. This is where two of the L-brackets will go. Repeat on the right side of the bookcase.

He was then able to tape the guide to the bookshelf (2 inches in from the front edge) and put in all the holes very quickly using an Adjustable Shelf Bit for his drill which we found at Rockler (Home Depot did not carry this bit). My plan is to build two of these and then a desktop right in the middle of the two making a massive computer gaming area in my basement!!! We had a few shelving options, but I preferred something that offered flexibility vs. affixed permanent shelves. You need to decide for yourself how many shelves you want and how you would like them spaced apart.

The Sketch Up drawing was the key to success as for determining the pivot point and the clearances required to swing the various depths of the bookcases I built. A classic, like blue jeans, and the DIY bookshelf against which all others are measured Support the shelves with bricks (new or used), cinder blocks, blocks of wood, or even other books. While this video doesn’t give step-by-step directions on how to make an invisible secret entrance, it gives you a good idea of how to get started.

Take a look at the full guide for the step-by-step and, if you prefer to keep your books upright, check out our practical—yet still fun—post on how to build an invisible floating bookshelf instead. We also added countersunk pilot holes for the screws that hold the shelves in place. The deeper shelves meant extra plywood and possible sagging so I put cross braces and extra 2×4 vertical posts in the middle – front and back matching the corner posts.