Built-in Book Cases

  • Advertise with us
Project by anynamewillwork25 posted 12-16-2009 10:32 PM 2905 views 17 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This wall was perfect for a window seat and built in bookcases in my son’s new room. The idea came from from a Kreg Jig video and a Workbench magazine cover. The floor vent had to be moved about 1 foot away from the wall, also a wall socket on the left side wall had to be moved 16”. Carpet was pulled back about halfway across the room, side wall base was trimmed with a dremel before removing. 4 main cases consist of 2 upper bookcases & 2 lower cabinets using allot of pocket hole screws. The seat portion & soffit were built as panels. The addition of mouldings dresses things up a bit. Someone told me to go big with the edge molding but I did not want it to be too fancy in a bedroom, so excluded it on the panels. Primary materials are maple plywood & popular 1x. A little extra wood was designed in that was scribed to walls. Crown moulding always looks good, and the soffit offset adds interest. My favorite detail is the beading around the shelf. These were primed with BIN, (rolled on) and sprayed with Sherwin Williams Classic enamal paint using HVLP (challenging). Reinstalling the carpet was the most difficult part of the whole project. Plan to have someone sew up flat cushions. Time frame: 6 weeks worth of nights & weekends. Thanks for all your comments.

12 comments so far

View RexMcKinnon's profile


2593 posts in 3217 days

#1 posted 12-16-2009 11:06 PM

Nice but I don’t think it will take long for your son to outgrow his new bunkbed. LOL

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

View spud72's profile


324 posts in 3516 days

#2 posted 12-16-2009 11:21 PM

You did a great job. Looks like the work of a pro.

-- Guy,PEI

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13345 posts in 3695 days

#3 posted 12-17-2009 12:46 AM

Nice job on the built-in.

View DocK16's profile


1184 posts in 4109 days

#4 posted 12-17-2009 01:46 AM

I agree with spud looks professional job. Looks like your son is enjoying it.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

View JNelson's profile


18 posts in 3338 days

#5 posted 12-17-2009 04:01 AM

This looks amazing! This is exactly what I want to do in my son’s room. What did you do about the ac vent & the carpet? It looks exactly like the window I have. My main challenge is going to be the ac vent; it comes out in the ceiling right where the left bookshelf/cabinet would be, so it would need to be moved. Did you remove the carpet or build on top of it and bolt it to the wall? I would like to do it without removing the carpet but I have heard to do it right it needs to be removed.

View ND2ELK's profile


13495 posts in 3796 days

#6 posted 12-17-2009 04:31 AM

Beautiful looking set of cabinets! You did a great job. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

View woodworm's profile


14468 posts in 3613 days

#7 posted 12-17-2009 05:21 AM

Really very nice looking built-ins. Excellent workmanship!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

View BigBard's profile


114 posts in 3436 days

#8 posted 12-17-2009 06:05 AM

Very professional looking, clean lines, I love it!

-- Carolina Panther fan!

View Monty Queen's profile

Monty Queen

1593 posts in 3274 days

#9 posted 12-17-2009 07:51 AM

Great job, looks real good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

View WillInTheMill's profile


54 posts in 3199 days

#10 posted 12-17-2009 04:34 PM

Beautiful work! Any clue how many hours it took to build all that?

JNelson: I did a ton of tile work in my last house. Removing carpet is quite easy and just requires a utility knife and prybar (for the tack strips). You would want to check your floor for level before building cabinets on top of it.

-- Will, Tampa, FL

View a1Jim's profile


117114 posts in 3599 days

#11 posted 12-17-2009 06:47 PM

Looks fantastic a great job. The shelves are just the right size for BOY storage LOL

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View OhValleyWoodandWool's profile


970 posts in 3143 days

#12 posted 12-17-2009 10:53 PM

Beautiful work. It looks like you sprayed it in place. I especially like that last pic. He’ll really appreciate all your work in a few more years

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics