7 Tips on Making Study Bookshelves 7 Tips on Making Study Bookshelves

What You'll Need
One to Two-Inch Thick Wood Board
Stud Finder
Two L-Brackets for Each Shelf
Pencil
Laser Level (or a standard level)
Screws
Screwdriver

Building your own study bookshelves is not only simple but also saves a lot of money and gives extra space. The bookshelf will hold books and will add to the already existing furniture that adds décor in the study. Take out the inner carpenter in you, and follow the simple steps mentioned in the article to make a bookshelf for your very own study. 

Step-by-Step Instructions for Building the Bookshelf 

Step 1: Drafting the Bookshelf on Paper

Draw the diagram to use as a base or reference when building the bookshelf. 

Step 2: Purchasing Materials

Make a list of all materials, tools, and equipment that may be needed. You may already own some of the tools and equipment. For the rest, visit the local hardware store, DIY store, or home improvement store. Get the lumber wood pre-cut to the desired length and width from a lumber clerk. 

Step 3: Making the Markings

Locate the studs in the wall and mark them using a pencil. Hold an L-bracket up to the desired height on each stud and mark the location using a pencil. To ensure the marks are straight and in the center, use a laser level (or a standard level). 

Step 4: Attaching the L-Brackets

Affix the two L-brackets to each shelf on both ends with the help of screws. Hold up the shelf and align it as per the pencil marks. Screw the L-brackets into the wall and repeat the process for each shelf.  

Though the process may seem simple, it is important to keep some tips in mind. These are further discussed: 

Tip Number 1: Find the Right Wall

It is a good idea to plan the bookshelf to be erected on a long wall, which is probably seven feet long. This will ensure that the whole bookshelf can be made on one wall. By building bookshelves around the wall, it will look built-in. Ensure you have checked the wall properly. You must not be covering any power outlets or switches.

Tip Number 2: Consider Curved End Piece

Consider building a curved end piece for displaying showpieces or other items. You may have it closed to store other equipment like stationary.

Tip Number 3: Type of Wood

Decide the type of wood that must be used for the bookshelf. Oak is the most popular choice as it is heavy and strong itself. As books are heavy, oak turns out to be much better as compared to other wood like pine or cherry. Apart from the durability and strength, consider factors like the visual effect and also whether it complements other study furniture.

Tip Number 4: Customizing the Bookshelf

Customize the bookshelf by applying paint or wood stain. You may also consider buying stickers to decorate the bookshelf. Special stickers are available to fulfil the purpose at hardware stores. The screws can be hidden by applying paint. 

Tip Number 5: Help and Assistance

Do not feel shy in asking a friend or relative to help you in the bookshelf building process. In fact, help would definitely be required during the process. You will need someone to hold the pieces together when you will be using the screwdriver to screw up the shelves. Moreover, do not forget to ask the salespersons at the hardware store from where you pick up the lumber to cut the board as per your requirements. Most shops would carry out this task for free.

Tip Number Six: Personal Safety

Always wear safety goggles and gloves while working with wood and power tools. Wearing safety gear can prevent many accidents. Do not rush into the building process. Work carefully and patiently.  

Tip Number Seven: Smoothening

Use a fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out all rough edges of the bookshelf. 

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