Bookcase and Shelf Tips

Building beautiful bookcases and shelving units doesn't have to be hard. Here are some of our favorite ways to simplify building storage units and get gorgeous results.

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.

Save time with store-bought cabinets

Dress it up with plastic trim

Protect against tipovers

Cover plywood edges fast

Adjustable shelves simplify building

Perfect cuts every time with a sled

Two-story closet shelves

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