DIY Built-In Shelves
Time Required: Over 1 day
Built-in shelves are a terrific home feature. Decor and organization becomes easier to execute with an elegant solution like built-in shelves. From books to record collections to art, built-in shelves frame your objects in an attractive way. Whether you opt for built-in shelves around a fireplace or built-in wall shelves, you can have storage without sacrificing extra floor space or crowding a room with additional furniture.
You can also tuck DIY built-in shelves between two windows or in the middle of a wall and a window or door. A built-in shelving unit can transform an empty space into a useful focal point of your home. This guide will show you how to complete your DIY built-in shelves project.
- Build the basic unit 1-inch shorter than the height of your ceiling.
- Measure the height and width of the area where you plan to add the shelving.
- Remove the baseboards.
- Cut the shelving unit top, bottom and shelves 1 ½ inches shorter than the unit’s overall width.
- Measure and cut four 2 x 2-inch frame supports that also are 1½-inches shorter than the unit’s width.
- Use scrap pegboard as a guide to drill pairs of ¼-inch holes along the inside of each side panel.
- Space pairs of holes about 9-inches apart horizontally and every 2-inches vertically.
- Drill the holes 3/8-inches deep and use a depth-stop bit attachment or a scrap block of wood as a guide to make sure you don’t drill all the way through.
- Paint or finish wood before you assemble the unit.
- Attach the side panels to the ends of the frame supports.
- Drive 6d finishing nails through the sides and into the end grain of the frame supports.
- Tilt the unit into position and flush against the wall.
- Use 3-inch wallboard screws and a screw gun to screw through the top rear frame support into the wall studs.
- Screw through the bottom frame supports into the floor.
- Attach the bottom and top pieces by driving 6d finishing nails through the side panels into the end grain of the top and bottom.
- Replace the baseboards around the bottom of the built-in shelves.
- Cut the pieces to size and miter the ends as necessary.
- Cut and fit the trim moulding around the top of the unit.
- Use a nail set to recess all nail heads.
- Install the shelf pins in the desired holes.
- Fit the shelves into place.
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