Built in Book Cases: 5 Steps (with Pictures)Get inspired to create your own built-in bookcase and cabinets utilizing these tips! Before I dive into the details on how we built our bookcases, I feel the need to begin with a disclaimer. If you are a professional or perfectionist, feel free to click away. Matt and I are NOT great carpenters and when it comes to building we always just sort of wing it. This works well for us! Our philosophy in approaching builds is to make it as easy and stress-free as possible. Here is a picture below of what the room looked like when we first moved in.
Built in Book Cases
I will be giving more information on them in a future post, but suffice to say I was thrilled to have a couple of bookcases for my living room! I had been wanting to build some custom built-ins in my living room for awhile, and these were a great start. Only problem? They are only 6 feet tall and I have 8 foot ceilings! My solution? I used a combination of plans from Ana White. The actual body is an adaptation from her mom-plex kitchen cabinet base plans, if I remember correctly, and the doors are from her tutorial on Shaker-style cabinet doors.
How to build built in bookcases with cabinets is a detailed DIY tutorial with lots of pictures These two bookshelves with storage cost me under $ to make!.
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Well, it took me until half past midnight last night, but I finished my built-in bookshelves wall in my living room!! But in the meantime, I love looking at my freshly painted DIY bookcases. I started with stock cabinets from Home Depot. I used upper wall cabinets because I only wanted them to be 12 inches deep, but I set the middle section out a few inches. In order to use the upper cabinets as base cabinets, I had to build bases to put them on. You can read more about that process here.
Sure, you can pick up some knock-together set of shelves, but built-ins provide so much more than just a place to stash your stuff. Made to rise ceiling high, create an alcove for furniture, or wrap an existing nook, they can add style, charm, and architecture to an interior, all while offering custom storage and display space. Here, seven ways to make them special. Bookcases arranged to form a passageway and united with flat trim create a mini library, complete with a rolling ladder that beckons young readers to hunt for a good book on the topmost shelves. Designer Bret Franks came up with the idea as a way to add old-house character to a new farmhouse with a completely open first floor beyond this office space. Apple-green backing keeps the built-ins fun and family-friendly, as does the mix of objects dotting the adjustable-height shelves. The top and bottom are wrapped with the same moldings that rim the ceiling and floor, completing the built-in look.