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This tutorial shows how to build a custom built-in bookcase. Techniques shown in this tutorial can be used for other projects such as customised built-in furniture, for areas underneath sloping ceilings, staircases, and shelves, etc ...

built-in bookcase metallic structure

profil-I   profil-D
profil-P        profil-A

Create shapes A, D, I, and P  by assembling your small and long Kinook blocks as per picture above.


Shape  Shape qty Small blocks  Long blocks
 9  18  x
 D   4  8  4
 P   3  9  3
 2  4  2
 Total  18  39  9

required boxes:
one 32 Small Kinook Blocks box, one 16 Long Kinook Blocks box, and one Extra Kinook Blocks box

STEP 1: Fix studs In the wall 

- Fix the studs in the wall according to your plan and dimensions. Do not forget to insert the small Kinook blocks at each angle when necessary.

Note : at this stage you can opt for building narrower shelves. See page Choose A Style for more information.

- Fix small horizontal track studs to the floor.

DIY built-in bookcase step-1


Start by building the lower level of the metallic structure. 

- Cut the metallic studs to the desired dimensions of your bookcase. 
- Build the metallic structure by inserting the studs into your A,D,I, and P shapes. 

Cut and fix lower panels (yellow on picture on the right). These panels are key as they secure the entire structure once screwed into the studs. They not only strengthen the structure, but also support its entire weight. Make sure you size these panels properly and choose the correct material (wood, plasterboard etc ...).

Check levels. When correct, screw the panels into the metallic structure.
DIY built-in bookcase step-2

step 3: second level

Similarly to Step 2, build the metallic structure for the second level.

You can use small metallic track studs (as shown in yellow on picture on the right) to secure the structure. Crimp with a crimping tool at each angle.
The track studs are 48mm wide  approx. 8-10cm long.

DIY built-in bookcase step-3

STEP 4: second level panels

Start with the vertical panels, as per previous step. These panels are key as they support the mechanical efforts (weight) of the upper level(s). Choose the appropriate material and size the panel correctly.

Once finished with the vertical panels, install the horizontal ones. Check levels and screw them into the metallic structure.

Note:  different materials can be mixed for the panels depending on the use. For instance: use wood for horizontal panels supporting heavy books or/and plasterboard for the upper niche panels where there is no or limited mechanical effort.

DIY built-in bookcase step-4

STEP 5: Third level

As in the previous steps, assemble your next level using your shapes and metallic studs. Check level and fix the panels.

DIY built-in bookcase step-5

Step 6: Finalise the STRUCTURE 


- Complete the metallic structure, and install the panels inside the bookcase.
- Fix the side panels (yellow on right picture).

DIY built-in bookcase step-6

STEP 7: Finalisation

- Install the remaining panels.
- See page Building with Kinook finishing tips.

DIY built-in bookcase step-7

 See also: large stylish bookcase