How to Make DIY Built-In Bookshelves: 20 Ideas & Tutorials

From easy and affordable to large and luxurious

White built in bookcase behind brown couch with books and decor

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If you're looking to make a true transformation to a room in your home, consider using one of these DIY built-in bookcase plans. Not only will it update and refresh the space, but it will also give you extra storage for books or a place to decorate and show off your favorite collection.

Despite looking complicated, these built-in bookshelves only have a few components to them. In most cases, base cabinets are the anchor and then the shelves are built. Crown molding or headers are put at the top to make them look like true built-ins. These are straightforward projects that are perfect for the intermediate builder.

Costs can vary widely, depending on the size of the project and the materials you choose. It is possible to build some projects for less than $100, while other, more elaborate projects might cost many hundreds of dollars, especially if you choose to build the from fine hardwood or other premium materials


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