How deep do bookshelves need to be?

How deep do bookshelves need to be?

Shelf depth is determined by the size of the items to be stored, generally within the range of 6 to 24 inches. Shelf depth for a general purpose bookshelf is usually 10 to 12 inches. Shelf spacing will generally range from 7 to 15 inches with 8 to 12 inches being common for bookshelves.

What can I do instead of built-ins?

Just take a look at these 5 Ways to Fake Built In Shelving.

  • Bookcase with a Bump-out.
  • Breakfast Nook Bench.
  • Character-Adding Closets.
  • Tall Library Shelving.
  • Mudroom for Less.

How to build a bookcase?

First,choose a location for your bookcase and determine the size that best fits your needs.

  • With your dimensions in hand,you are ready to cut the top,sides,and interior shelves out of 3/4” birch plywood.
  • Use a miter saw to cut the top,side panels and interior shelves to the appropriate length.
  • What are the best types of wood for building a bookcase?

    Bookcases can be built out of any sturdy material, but many people choose wood for its aesthetic appeal, compatibility with various decors and durability. Hardwood, softwood, plywood and composite wood all make good bookcase materials, and each has both benefits and drawbacks.

    How to build built in bookshelves?

    Determine the measurements for the shelves,and mark them on the plywood with a straightedge.

  • Use a radial-arm saw or a circular saw to cut rabbet joints into the ends of the top shelf.
  • Mark the location for the center shelf,and use the pegboard as a template for drilling holes for adjustable shelves.
  • Attach 1″ x 2″ support blocks for the center shelf with glue and finish nails (Image 1).
  • Attach support blocks for the bottom shelf with glue and nails. Drill and countersink pilot holes for the bottom shelf,then secure it with glue and wood screws.
  • Make sure the bookshelf is square,then measure and cut the back panel.
  • Attach 1″ x 2″ trim pieces to the side and bottom edges of the bookshelf with sixpenny nails and glue.
  • Drill and countersink pilot holes for the kick plate so the screw heads will be just below the surface of the wood.
  • Remove any base molding from the area where the bookshelf will be placed,using a hammer and chisel to remove short sections (Image 1).
  • Attach the shelf to the wall by drilling pilot holes through the back corner and into wall studs,then toenailing the shelf to the wall with screws.
  • Measure and cut the nailer board and trim for the top of the bookshelf. Attach the nailer to the top of the shelf with sixpenny finish nails.
  • How to build a bookshelf chair?


  • Tools:
  • Let’s Start Building. I started by creating a base that is cut out of 4×8 sheet of plywood and built sides by using 2 x 2-inch pine.
  • Build the Foundation. In between 2 x 2’s I used 2 x 1-inch pieces of pine.
  • Create Support. Then I used more 2 x 1-inch pine to create support for a first story piece of plywood and secured it with pocket screws and wood
  • First Floor
  • Seating Area and Sides. I did not take any pictures of adding horizontal seating area piece but it is same size square piece of plywood like the base
  • Bookshelf Sides. Closeup of bookshelf slats and how pocket screws were used to interlock each piece of 2×2 pine to each other.
  • Top and Side View
  • Back Same As Sides
  • Slowly Coming Together With Sides and Back
  • Top Shelf. Next I cut out the plywood to fill in support for the all top three sides of the bookshelf chair.
  • Almost Done. Finally,we have pics of completed unpainted bookshelf chair.
  • Lets Paint. For the color,I had my wife choose the wild color of her choice.
  • Lets Wrap It Up. Finally,cushions where a custom made by my mother in law to tie it all up. Bring on the books and the reading enjoyment.