One of the best ways to clear a desk or table surface — Build Bookshelves. I love the DIY: Wall Mount Bookshelf (here) we built for my boys room. That system has helped with their overflow of books. I appreciate a storage solution that doesn’t require time and perfection. Here’s how to build floating shelves…
Remember the awesome book storage solutions (here) I showed you the other day!?! I loved one so much that my hubby offered to build it for me! The Book Tower, similar to a wall bookcase found at CB2 and West Elm.
Step One: Cut Boards.
Cut a 1×3 board, 5.5 feet tall to use as the back support AND six 11.5 x 11.5 shelves. Along this tall support board, use a rabbet bit to route an opening for the shelves, every 10.5 inches, with exception to the top shelf — 7.5 inches from the top and bottom shelf — 4.5 inches from the bottom.
Step Two: Double Check Before Assembling.
Then he inserted 11.5 x 11.5 boards into the routed portion of the tower to make sure each fit in the space. (Important step: Stud brought the routed tower in for the bosses inspection). Perfect!
Step Three: Attach shelves to back.
He then used countersunk screws to secure the back of each shelf.
Step Four: Support.
Add a little extra support to the underside of the lower shelves for storing heavier books.
Step Five: Mount Shelving Unit to the Wall.
After securing all six shelves, he brought the bookcase spine into the house and mounted it into a stud in the wall, again using countersunk screws.
Step Six: Enjoy the finished product!
Remember the wall before!?!? Next I added a fun houndstooth stencil to the wall (here). And then I finished it out with stylish storage…
I love the convenience of having these shelves right next to my desk. It’s awesome to have a workstation that is not stacked a million miles high with inspiration books and magazines. Clearing the surface helps with work efficiency! If you’d like to build yours to the ground, just add a shelf. Computers tend to stir a lot of dust, so I like mine to be raised to height that makes cleaning under it a breeze.
How can you get organized?! — Build Bookshelves!