Create a built-in bookcase

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 ...

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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 construction style for more information. 

Fix small horizontal track studs to the floor.
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Start by building the lower level of the metallic structure:

Cut the C-studs to the desired dimensions of your bookcase and build the metallic structure by assembling the studs with the Kinook blocks.

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. 

Check levels. When correct, screw the panels into the metallic structure.
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Similarly to Step 2, build the metallic structure for the second level.

Position the panels and adjust the metallic structure so that it is flush with the plates.

Adjust the level and screw the first panels studs


Note: You can use small metallic track studs to secure the structure before fixing the panels.

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As in the previous steps, assemble the next level.

Check level and fix the panels.
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Band the edges with medium boards (or plinths). Plug the holes with filler. Sand then apply a finishing compound before painting.

 Download the plan manual-diy-bookcase Required Kinook blocks:

- A bookcase kit
- 32 small blocks, 16 long blocks and an extra block box.

See also 


Build a large and modern bookcase