33 Bookcase Projects and Building Tips
A bookcase or shelf is an extremely useful home storage system. In this collection, you'll discover 33 project plans and learn building tips to maximize your bookcase or shelf's storing capacity.
Hanging Wall Bookcase: Suspended Bookshelves
DIY Bed Built-in Shelves
Build a Built-in Bookcase
Built-in Mission Oak bookcase
Simple Bookshelf: Cottage Shelf with Branches
Bookcase Built by Two
Leaning Tower of Shelves
Wall Cabinet for Books
DIY Box Shelves
Saturday Morning Shelf
Install a Wall-Bed-Bookcase Combo
Classic Simple Bookcase
Build a Showcase Wall!
Over the Door Bookshelf
Build a Traditional Bookshelf
Small Room Ideas: Floor-to-Ceiling Bookcase
Custom Box Shelves
Bifold Bookcase Hides a Secret Room
Hidden Bookcase Storage
Make Your Own Built-In Shelves
Simple Low-Tech Wall Shelf
Stackable Bookshelves plus a Desk
Cover plywood edges fast
Perfect cuts every time with a sled
Adjustable shelves simplify building
Wall Unit Bookshelves: Dress Up Your Bookcase with Trim
Optimize Your Bookshelves
Protect Against Tipovers
Any bookcase you build should be anchored to the wall so it can't tip over and injure someone. Simply screwing it to wall studs is one good solution. If you choose that method, load up the bookcase with books so it fully compresses the carpet before you drive the screws. If you want to be able to move the bookcase without removing screws, pick up a couple of chain latches. Fasten the chains to studs with 2-1/2-in. coarse-thread screws. Position the tracks so there will be just enough slack in the chains for you to detach them.
How to Fix a Wobbly Bookcase
- The first is to pull the carpet free of the tack strip, cut out a strip of padding where the front corners of the bookcase will sit, and replace the padding with a strip of wood that’s the same thickness as the tack strip, usually 1/4 to 3/8 in.
- A second option is to install adjustable feet (called gliders: at home centers) on the corners of the bookcase. They’re simple to install—just drill a hole and insert the feet. You won’t have to mess with the carpet, but the feet may be noticeable, which you might not like.