Floating Bookshelves

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bookshelves

My daughter Maeli kept telling me she wanted some sort of bookshelf in her bedroom but because of her bead board and wainscoting I couldn’t do a full length bookshelf without it being a separate component. Her bedroom is the smallest bedroom in the house so we also wanted to keep as much floor space as possible. I had seen some photos on the internet of floating bookshelves but couldn’t find a plan on how to make them so I chatted with hubby and came up with our own creation.  He first went and bought some 6″ wide pine and measured out the wall space of how much room we had to work with.

Pine bookshelves

I knew I wanted to keep all the boxed bookshelves in a rectangle but have them as individual boxes on the wall. I also knew I didn’t just want a floating shelf as she would have to use book ends. So between hubby and I we decided on doing 6 boxes total. 4 the same size then 3 smaller ones.  The 4 larger boxes measure approximately.: 35″ wide & 10.67″ tall and the 3 smaller boxes measure approximately:  22.67″ wide by 10.67″ tall.  Now I know those are weird dimensions but he had to allow for 2″ in between each box once hung on the wall.  So they wouldn’t take up a lot of space into the room the depth of them is only 6″ (Perfect for a book to lay flush inside of them)

bookshelves in the making

So no holes would be visible when nailing these together we used the Kreg jig then filled the holes with wood filler before painting. We also sanded them down and dusted them off before applying paint.  Maeli’s bed is white and so is the bead board in her room so the boxes were painted white to match.

hanging bookshelves

 

Once all the shelves were hung on the wall the overall dimensions came out to be  6 feet wide and 3 feet tall so it took up a good portion of her wall. (don’t you also love the records she decorates with?) I love her fun style!

bookshelves double
I think in both her mind and my mind all her books would take up all the space on these shelves but instead she had a bunch of room left over. Although, she is determined to fill them.

Black and white bookshelves

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  1. April says

    I have been all over the Lowe’s and Home Depot websites trying to find a bracket that looks like what I think you used. Would you be willing to post a link to the item (or a similar one)? I was wondering if I might be able to build these with 1x8s, but don’t want to buy wood until I know if the bracket will be able to support it. Thanks!

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