Wall of bookshelves?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 2
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have not done this, but it can totally be done, depending on the layout of your home.

I really like the idea of a wall divider to separate rooms, this would work great if you have an open air home :

Post # 3
10651 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’ve seen some in showhomes I really liked, but not in a living room.  Not sure how I would feel about it there, and I doubt I’m alone.  If you’re going to be around for the long-haul or it’s easy to take out if you sell go for it!

I had seen a custom job in a bonus room in a blog.  Unfortunately, the blog no longer exists.  It had a sloped ceiling, so it had to be customized.

Post # 4
47175 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

cowoman:  I don’t have pics, but we did this in my old house. I just bought bookshelves from Ikea. We built a platform of plywood as a base to elevate the bookshelves. Because they didn’t fit perfectly across the wall, we spaced them out to equalize the space between them.  We screwed them to the base and to the wall. We covered the upright gaps with moulding, and mitred the same molding to cover all the horizontal lines. At the top we added crown moulding. They looked great.


Here’s a tutorial:


Get Built-In Bookcases Inexpensively by Using Pre-Made Parts

Post # 6
1142 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I was going to suggest exactly what PP did with the IKEA bookshelves. I’ve seen lots of IKEA hacks done this way, it looks really cool! I think most people would be surprised if you told them they weren’t custom.

Post # 7
6321 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

My father was an amazing artist and builder/carpenter. He built the bookshelves pictured here that cover one wall and turn a corner. The first picture shows the wall, and the second picture shows how it turns the corner. I think walls of bookshelves are an amazing addition to a room.

Post # 9
11051 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

cowoman: I’ve not done this and thinking about it now don’t know anyone who has but I love seeing it in home magazines etc especially in white, like the second picture jenilynevette: posted.  

Post # 10
1558 posts
Bumble bee

We have done this across two walls. Not in the living room, but in the study. We just used billy bookcases from ikea with extensions on the top and it looks great.

Post # 10
1845 posts
Buzzing bee

This was from The Block (a renovation TV show, I don’t know if there is an American version), I just love it! The shiny black thing is the TV (if it wasn’t obvious). I know they custom built it but it looks pretty easy to make, I’m sure there are tutorials online somewhere!

My Fiance and I are planning to do something like this when our house finishes getting built!

Post # 12
877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn

we will be doing this in our living room – to hold our DVD collection. we will be using Billy bookcases that we already own and adding the extension shelves to the tops. cant wait for floor to ceiling DVDs!!

Post # 14
8218 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

It is my dream to have a wall full of bookcases! Love it!

Post # 15
1710 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My friend did this with a few tall bookcases from Ikea (they came separately but you can’t even tell, they look like one!) and it looks amazing!

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