How to Build Your Own Bookcase

People all around the world are looking for ways to maximize the space in their homes. Whether you have a small bedroom or a large family, being able to utilize all your room gives you a sense of pride and satisfaction. There are many ways to improve the place where you live. You can add a wall of bookcases to serve this purpose nicely. Here are simple steps that can help you build your own bookcase:

Beautiful, well-crafted bookcases make a great addition to any home. When you are building your own bookcase, you can choose from a wide range of bookcase designs available on the internet or any home improvement store. It’s up to you to take the time to find a design that matches your home’s style. Once you have chosen a design, you will need to set up a blueprint so that you can remain focused and do all the other steps needed to build.

Once your blueprint is all set, you are ready to love the fruits of your labor! You can either hire an outside company to build your bookcase for you, or you can tackle this task yourself. Either way, you have taken a big step toward improving your home or apartment’s decor and improving its value.

Step 1

Your first step is to build the back of the bookcase. This will be a basic back that shows the rows of books.

Step 2

Next, make a box or rectangle-shaped back that shows the rows of spines. Cut this to fit around the shelves. Wood glue is a strong adhesive for this step. Place the box or rectangle back on the wood of your bookcase. It should surround all the books and spines.

Step 3

Sand all of the edges of your box or rectangle. Include any recessed spaces so that the shelves are flush.

Step 4

Now that you have a flat back that shows the rows of bookcases, your main step is to build a box with these bookcases. This flatback will support the rows of spines. Mark the position of the slots where you can make holes. If your bookcase has no recess spaces, drill screws into two different spots on your box to create these spots. Hold the bookcase in place with these screws and set the braces of your bookcase in place.

Step 5

Next, you are ready to apply your hardwood glue. Apply glue to all of the slots around your bookcase.

Step 6

Let the glue dry. Then use sandpaper to sand your bookcase to your desired level of finish.

Step 7

Once your bookcase is completely sanded, you are ready to apply the stain. Apply the stain with a rag evenly across your bookcase and stain all the display areas. All over the top of the bookcase, as well as over the sides. Use sandpaper to smooth out the stain so that it blends very naturally on the bookcase.

Step 8

Once the stain is on the bookcase, let it dry for a while, and apply a couple of coats of polyurethane to protect your bookcase and make it look beautiful.

Step 9

Once the polyurethane dries, put all of your hardware back on. Buy a couple of cans of adhesive that you can use to apply the support panels to the shelving inside the bookcase.

Step 10

Now that the bookcase is finished, you can add various knobs to create the feel of a Victorian-style bookcase.