Estimating the Cost for Built-In Bookshelves Estimating the Cost for Built-In Bookshelves

Constructing built-in bookshelves is a project a handy do-it-yourselfer can accomplish provided they have the right tools, skills and a little planning. Built-in bookcases ultimately save room by recessing half of the depth or more of the shelf system. With extra thick walls, the entire bookcase can be built in. Before you begin, though, it helps to estimate the anticipated costs the job will require. 

Cost Estimate for Built-In Bookshelves

Assuming you have the basic necessary tools such as drywall saw, power drill, circular saw, level and T-square, to name a few, the costs will be solely for materials and time. If you need any tools to complete the job, factor in their cost. 


As far as materials, the job requires an assortment of lumber or wood-based composite. This will vary depending on the size of the bookshelf, its depth, door style and number of shelves. Completing the facade of the built-in bookshelves requires wood trim. You may wish to extend the baseboard around the bookshelves if it starts at the floor. The bookshelves need either primer and paint or stain and seal. If you plan on lighting the shelves, electrical wiring, fixtures and other components are necessary. Lastly, there is the expense for the necessary hardware including hinges for the doors, handles, latches and the adjustable shelf clips as well as any glass you want to install in the doors. 

Depending on the style of the built-in bookshelves you wish to construct, the cost of the materials may be quite varied. By making a detailed plan of what you want and giving yourself an estimate, you can get everything you need for the job and stay within your budget. 

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