In-wall shelving and bookcases

Old 08-02-10, 08:48 PM
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In-wall shelving and bookcases

I'm in desperate need of more shelving units and bookcases, but I don't want standalone shelves. I'm more inclined to have built-in shelving units. Recently, I came across some rather neat ideas such as this:

Because I don't have enough space inside the wall, I would need to build a second "wall." The "wall" would have many holes in it, like in this picture above. Some holes might have boxes in them as shelving, and some holes would be large enough for me to fit a bookcase in.

For my room, the implementation would probably be much simpler than the one in the picture. It wouldn't have to be floor-to-ceiling; I'm okay with it going part way up, and then adding a molding at the top with some cove lighting, perhaps.

My question is, what material should I use for such a "wall"? Would I use drywall? If so, how would I finish the inside edge, and how would I build the inside boxes (also with drywall)?

Thanks for any help and ideas you might have!
Old 08-03-10, 04:56 AM
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Book Shelves

Drywall is a commonly used wall covering. However, drywall is not suitable for the interior of the book case. The interior material should be of wood or wood substitute such as MDF. Plywood or MDF is suitable for painting. Cabinet grade plywood is suitable for staining. The shelving should be of solid wood.

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