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Bookcase and Shelf Tips

Over the years, the editors at The Family Handyman have built nearly a hundred bookcases. From all that experience, we've learned that the best building tricks are shortcuts that avoid complex steps. So whether you're a beginning builder or a veteran, these bookcase and shelf building tips will lead to beautiful results with less time and effort.

Bookcases projects

  • How to Fix a Wobbly Bookcase

    Stabilize a wobbly bookcase on carpet by providing solid floor support, installing adjustable feet and by anchoring it to the wall studs.

  • Simple Bookcase Plans

    Build this simple pine bookshelf with a miter saw, biscuits—and a young helper. It's a great way to teach your son or daughter about…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • How to Build a Bookcase

    Craftsman-style furniture designs are still popular today, and with modern tools you can build a bookcase like this classic from the Stickley…

  • Murphy Bed & Bookcase

    A Murphy bed can be super simple: Some are just an upright box that contains a folddown bed. But this is a deluxe version. Get the full project…

  • Built-in Bookcases

    This built-in Mission Oak bookcase features loads of shelf space, vertical grain wood, solid oak construction and a design that can be easily…

  • How to Build a Built-in Bookcase

    Learn how to use inexpensive materials like birch plywood and standard trim to build a classic, built-in wooden bookcase.

  • Showcase Built-In Bookcase Plans

    Construct a dramatic built-in bookcase and entertainment center with these simple plans. All you need is some inexpensive lumber and drywall.

  • How To Build a Classic Floor-To-Ceiling Bookcase

    Recreate the mid-19th century, Greek Revival period of American architectural history with this floor to ceiling hardwood bookcase.

  • How to Build Suspended Bookshelves

    Build this simple set of book or display shelves in a single weekend. They're strong and stylish. By changing materials or finishes you can…

  • How to Build a Bookshelf

    Need a great-looking bookshelf with classic lines by tomorrow? Using clever shortcuts and standard materials, you can build a bookshelf like…