Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill

A group "constructed" to gather the best in methods, materials, diagrams, plans, and designs for the literary lover in storing this precious commodity. DIY, y'all.

Also a place to share recommendations on the best places and types of book storage units to purchase; whether from IKEA, Target (tar-ghey), furniture outlet, or garage sale.

We all share the intent in expanding our limited living-space; unfortunately, this can end up bring with the somewhat questionable limits of horizontal plane cork-like board w/glossy texture that inevitably dips into a bendy anomaly that may, or may not, support the strength of said books which, well, weigh *a lot*.

Sometime the solidity of our books rivals that of any shelf they're stacked upon!

TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
New shelves -- questions10 unread / 10RickFlair, April 1
Too many bookshelves12 unread / 12genesisdiem, February 12
How to move books down stairs11 unread / 11MarthaJeanne, January 29
New member to this forum - here's my DIY shelving16 unread / 16SaintSunniva, August 2020
Shutesbury Library Video: 900 sq ft library (raising money to get new building)--sweet fundraising a5 unread / 5Charles_Rayburn, July 2020
Earthquake!18 unread / 18lesmel, July 2020
Ikea: Everyone has a few books. Some have a few hundred....88 unread / 88nate48281, March 2020
Shelfie of the latest addition to our bookshelves.6 unread / 62wonderY, July 2019
bookshelf porn21 unread / 21bluepiano, July 2019
How do you organize?47 unread / 47Cardinal24, December 2018
Basement Library Design Help Needed9 unread / 9staffordcastle, August 2018
Storage boxes12 unread / 12staffordcastle, June 2017
Mass-market paperbacks in Ikea Billy bookcases?8 unread / 8skittles, May 2017
Moving with a large library?83 unread / 83brucer42, April 2017
Bookshelf/seating combo.10 unread / 10somermoore, February 2017
Cedar bookshelves15 unread / 15readaholic12, January 2017
Watch a Bookcase Build Itself3 unread / 3mstrust, May 2016
my rainbow shelves11 unread / 11omargosh, May 2016
So you think your bookcase is overcrowded18 unread / 18JerryMmm, April 2016
Hymnal Stand6 unread / 6mstrust, April 2016
Gilles Lundgren dies1 unread / 1abbottthomas, March 2016
article on the never ending dilemma of how to organize your shelves48 unread / 48Ennas, October 2015
Home Library project14 unread / 14JaneAustenNut, October 2015
Drooling4 unread / 4MarthaJeanne, August 2015
A variety of DIY bookcases and bookshelves23 unread / 23alaudacorax, August 2015
Wanted: bookcases with thick shelves31 unread / 31DVanderlinde, July 2014
Shelving very small books22 unread / 22ligature, June 2014
Home libraries as an art form20 unread / 20timepiece, February 2014
UK Bespoke bookcases/cabinet maker14 unread / 14yolana, February 2014
Full wall bookcase only for paperbacks12 unread / 12resnovae, January 2014
World Market Bookcase7 unread / 7BredPit, December 2013
I built 'em, I filled 'em, now5 unread / 5resnovae, December 2013
oh yes17 unread / 17varielle, November 2013
biblio tchotchkes, gewgaws, knickknacks, baubles, lagniappes, trinkets, kitsch41 unread / 41rgurskey, November 2013
A new bookcase from Office Depot4 unread / 4nandadevi, July 2013
Any ideas on "infinitely" adjustable bookshelves.18 unread / 18Carnophile, April 2013
Compiliation of links to LTer's library photos15 unread / 15milotooberry, April 2013
Photos of Happily-Filled Bookcases305 unread / 305Helcura, April 2013
Bookcases with secret compartments14 unread / 14Keeline, March 2013
Bookends! (even numbers, please)143 unread / 143Fred_R, March 2013
Lifehacker: Show Us Your BookShelf article2 unread / 22wonderY, March 2013
Displaying illustrated books13 unread / 13bernsad, February 2013
mmignano11 joins!-20133 unread / 3mmignano11, February 2013
We are all mere amateurs17 unread / 17Helcura, January 2013
Bookmarks! Best, Practical, Unusual, Weird, (Usually) Poorly-designed, etc…84 unread / 84sambadoll, January 2013
Long Term Book Storage11 unread / 11EclecticIndulgence, January 2013
Bathtub Measurement on LT: What a Bathtub full of books might look like in real life10 unread / 10EclecticIndulgence, January 2013
Judging books by their cover: Decorator Books40 unread / 40nathanielcampbell, January 2013
Ladder repurposed as bookshelf3 unread / 3Osbaldistone, January 2013
Christmas arrivals need their own space!10 unread / 10bestem, January 2013
super coo shelves12 unread / 12Osbaldistone, November 2012
Bookcase doors12 unread / 12Nicole_VanK, November 2012
What about corners?33 unread / 33fuzzi, October 2012
Cece's shelves on "New Girl".6 unread / 6nathanielcampbell, October 2012
How long are your shelves? Totals26 unread / 26Osbaldistone, October 2012
Photos of Happily-filled bookcases: The next wall90 unread / 90Helcura, July 2012
Book Buying Embargo31 unread / 31Bowerbirds-Library, June 2012
Sauder bookcases?6 unread / 6yolana, June 2012
mahogany library sign4 unread / 4GaryCandelaria, May 2012
8 of the most beautiful bookstores in the world8 unread / 8Keeline, May 2012
world's most beautiful bookstores12 unread / 12omargosh, March 2012
Madera Stacking Cabinet - Cost Plus World Market5 unread / 5resnovae, March 2012
Looking for creative ideas for storing & accessing my books.41 unread / 41resnovae, March 2012
Video of Bookcases of moving books: The Joy of Books11 unread / 11johnsimpson, February 2012
Vatican Library12 unread / 12GaryCandelaria, February 2012
Book- or Library-themed Bed & Breakfasts?7 unread / 7justjim, December 2011
flavorwire's look at the libararies of authors16 unread / 16Osbaldistone, December 2011
Building a library for the next generation13 unread / 13muumi, December 2011
New Billy Bookshelf?8 unread / 8yann2, November 2011
Article on Bookshelves and What They Reveal About Us: The Subconcious Shelf15 unread / 15macsbrains, November 2011
Lost photo of some bookshelves6 unread / 6Bowerbirds-Library, November 2011
Bookshelf comic!3 unread / 3scintillathepun, November 2011
Nieman Marcus: Custom Library in 2011 Fantasy Christmas Catalog8 unread / 8rgurskey, October 2011
Is anyone buying Borders fixtures?8 unread / 82wonderY, September 2011
Plenty of space...26 unread / 26bookstothesky, September 2011
Wooden You?7 unread / 7alaudacorax, July 2011
What is on your Golden Shelf?16 unread / 16amarie, July 2011
New Flickr Group: Personal Library3 unread / 3pokarekareana, June 2011
If your bookcases are just too full....24 unread / 24amarie, May 2011
Twenty Insanely Creative Bookshelves14 unread / 14pokarekareana, May 2011
help me find a shallower bookcase11 unread / 11skittles, February 2011
I see Lord Byron looked after his books.8 unread / 8Steven_VI, January 2011
Billy bookcases - what was Ikea thinking4 unread / 4Bowerbirds-Library, January 2011
It's time for some bookcases30 unread / 30AnnieMod, January 2011
How much weight will wall shelves hold?4 unread / 4tames, December 2010
Bookshelf Alternatives11 unread / 11GirlMisanthrope, November 2010
Bookcase Decision13 unread / 13abbottthomas, November 2010
Microfiche4 unread / 4amarie, November 2010
10/10 for hip design, 0/10 for usefulness3 unread / 3staffordcastle, November 2010
I want one of these!6 unread / 62wonderY, October 2010
Let us bow our heads in respect!11 unread / 11tophats, September 2010
Paranoid question about bookshelves5 unread / 5indigosky, September 2010
Building Bookcases (for Dummies)23 unread / 23Barton, July 2010
library ladders15 unread / 151dragones, May 2010
storing magazines9 unread / 9PossMan, May 2010
Billy Bookcase for college dorm - can't mount!15 unread / 15jessicariddoch, April 2010
My Dictionary Bookstand44 unread / 44shikari, April 2010
My homebuilt bookcases18 unread / 18rybie2, March 2010
Plans for a revolving bookcase please.18 unread / 18CharlotteMarie, March 2010
IKEA bookcase recommendation?29 unread / 29RRHowell, March 2010
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