Easy Steps to Build Bookshelves {Office}

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…

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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.

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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!

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Step Three:  Attach shelves to back.

He then used countersunk screws to secure the back of each shelf.

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Step Four: Support.

Add a little extra support to the underside of the lower shelves  for storing heavier books.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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How can you get organized?!  — Build Bookshelves!

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  1. Cynthia says:

    Great design, I absolutely love this ook and your instructions are nice and straight forward…Thanks for sharing:)

  2. Hi!

    I’m Christina, a writer for Buzzfeed, and I’d love to use a photo from this article for a post on ways to create space for your room. I’ll also link it out to your tutorial. We’d also be interested in using photos/tutorials for future posts. Let me know if this is possible, and if so, how you’d like to be credited.


    • Hi Christina,
      You can use the last picture and link the post to ItsOverflowing.com. XO, Aimee

  3. Shane says:

    What size rabbeting bit did you use?

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