The Fun of Tetris in a Bookshelf


Remember Tetris? This great game required a quick mind and good spatial skills.  Those of us who enjoy putting shapes together, seeing how they

Multi-colored contemporary tetris shelves containing numerous geometric designs from the tetris puzzle make up this shelf complex and is colorful insomuch as the various pieces have bright orange, blue, green, brown, and bright white  colored pieces.

Contemporary Tetris Shelves

fit, and solving a puzzle can appreciate today’s Tetris style bookshelves.

The greatest puzzle that many of us have to solve in terms of our home decor is where to fit everything.  When space is tight, we need a way to organized – but we also need to inject our own style and personality throughout our homes.  The brilliance of these decorative shelf plans is that they fulfill both needs beautifully.  What exactly are they?

Many designers have used Tetris as their inspiration. Taking the five shapes that are represented in the game, they have created large scale versions for you to enjoy.  These shelves can be configured and reconfigured in different ways, and it is fun to see the shapes that you can create.  But they’re useful, too!  The shelves are of varying sizes and shapes, so you can fit everything from books and DVDs to knick-knacks and electronics.  It can make a great display in itself and help you cut clutter and get your space

Complete Rectangular Block of the colorful contemporary shelves made from geametric shapes of the Tetris Puzzle.

Decorative Tetris Shelves


You could spend as much as $700 – and that’s for just one block! – on a Tetris bookshelf.  Buying a set would be a tremendous expense.  A great solution is to find decorative shelf plans and make your own.  These shelves are a bit more challenging to create than standard rectangular bookshelves, but it is very possible to make this into a DIY project that you can be proud of.

Tetris shelves allow you to make use of space vertically, horizontally, and however else you can figure out this puzzle.  Enjoy!

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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

Sketch illustration of some custom wall shelf plans

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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Illustration from a set of shelf plans exploding the parts so the user can see how each part relates to the whole

How the Parts of the Shelf Relate

How To Build Shelves Is An Easy  First Woodworking Project

Most things are easy to start if you follow three steps, which I call the keys, to your success in woodworking.  A contractor knows he needs

plans before he builds, the tailor knows he needs a pattern before he makes a suit, and a good woodworker knows he needs a set of shelf plans before he tackles a shelf building project.

Shelf plans can be found virtually anywhere.  Free ones and ones for purchase are on the web, there are books in the reference sections of the major home improvement stores, and books abound at your own public library.  If this is your first shelf project, you would be well advised to buy a set of quality shelf plans which will guide you step-by-step through project and will also include lists of the materials and tools you will need.

Some would tell you to pick the design first, but given these trying times, my advice is to determine your budget first.  Once you have determined the price range of your project, then you are ready to begin your basic research for designs and materials.

Your second task will be selecting your design.  Literally, thousands of woodworking designs are available at the click of your mouse.  Your design will be dependent in greatest part on two factors.  The location of the shelves.  Are you planning to build garage storage shelves or furniture quality book shelves?  What will the weight or load be on the shelves you  are planning?  Knowing these facts then frees you to begin evaluating shelf plans for your exact purpose.

Pictured are three small boat hulls standing upright on the sterns' transoms with additional cross members from port to starboard creating shelves.

Books and Ships Ahoy!

Last, but certainly not least, learn all you can about the project you will be building and practice with the tools you’ll use if you are rusty or have never used a particular tool before.  You’ll often find too that you can learn a great deal from family members and/or friends who have shelf building experience.  Asking for and receiving help from others is a wonderful way to solidify bonds with them too.  It opens the door for reciprocal give and take in the future and allows for the sharing our most precious assets, our  time and our knowledge.

Have fun with your project and do take a minute to evaluate the quality and the many choices you will have when you purchase your shelf plans from this premier woodworker from Iowa.


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