My daughter Maeli kept telling me she wanted some sort of bookshelf in her bedroom. Because of her bead board and wainscoting on her walls 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.
There are some photos on the internet of floating bookshelves but couldn’t find a plan on how to make them. So I chatted with my husband and we 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.
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)
So no holes would be visible when nailing these together we used the Kreg jig. We then filled the holes with wood filler before painting. If you make these make sure you sand them down. Plus don’t forget to dust 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. The painting portion of this project took quite a while. The boxes themselves were whipped up in an afternoon but the painting process took several days and several coats of paint.
Once all the shelves were hung on the wall the overall dimensions came out to be 6 feet wide and 3 feet tall. So these shelves took up a good portion of her wall. (don’t you also love the records she decorates with?) I love her fun style!
I think in both her mind and my mind all her books would take up all the space on these shelves. Luckily she has a bunch of room left over. Although, she is determined to fill them. Update!! 2018 – It only took 18 months to completely fill these floating bookshelves. She is now requesting more!
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