Space Saving Shelf Plans


Do you want to add built-in bookshelves to your home? Placement and designs can be overwhelming; here are some ideas to

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Built-In Wall Cubbies from Shelf Plans

help you sort it out.

Shelf Plans:

Designing Your Bookshelves

Placement is crucial not only for convenience but for aesthetic purposes.  Which walls would benefit from built-in shelving?  Studies, living rooms, passageways or hallways, nooks between pillars or in small corners, and even outside in a patio space are all excellent choices.  Begin by marking the walls and sketching your shelf plans.

Design Basics

Ask yourself what you want to put on the shelves.  How many books do you need to store, and do you need room for adding more books in the future?  Do you want a separate compartment for audio books?  For magazines?  Small sculptures or knick-knacks?  Including cubbies of various sizes is a great way to achieve a very contemporary, though very practical, design.  Think about what you want to use the shelves for and then design them to suit your needs.  When you have a sketch of your shelf plans, you can save time and money by showing them to your contractor and detailing exactly what you want.

Finishing Touches

The right finish will enhance the style and the practicality of your shelves.  If this trim complements the rest of your room, you can create a much more cohesive, classic look.  If you have built a tall, narrow

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Illustration of Custom Wall Shelf Designs

shelf, another finishing touch could be the addition of glass doors or the installation of recessed lighting to showcase important pieces in your book or art collection.  The finishing touches help complete the project and integrate the new shelves into your home’s decor.

With a built-in bookshelf, you not only save space, you maximize it.  Cost varies depending on the size and design, the wood, and other factors, but knowing what you want, and having the plans that map it out, will help make your vision a reality.

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