How to Build a Bookshelf

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Building your own bookshelf is a great way to meet your own specifications. Often, people have a hard time finding the exact bookshelf that they want for a room or for their collection so building your own bookshelf is a simple and easy way to make sure that you have everything you want. Knowing how to build a bookshelf will help you to create the best bookshelf possible.

Find the Brackets

The brackets are the most important part of a hanging bookshelf. You will need to find the best brackets possible. Brackets should be able to lay flush against the wall and should be able to hold the board level. The brackets will need to match the décor of your room. Consider the colors and the look of the room before you find the brackets that are best for your book shelf.

Cut the Wood

The wood is also an important part of the bookshelf. While some may want to choose other materials, wood is often the material of choice for bookshelves. You need to cut the wood to fit the bookshelf that you want. Consider the brackets that you have purchased and the wall that you want to put them on to understand how big the piece should be. If you need a long bookshelf, consider stacking two bookshelves on top of each other. This will make it easier to support.

Paint the Wood

Most people are going to want to paint or stain the wood in order to help it to match the room. Staining may be perfect for a room that is full of a specific type of wood. Painting the wood may be the best decision for those who want it to match a specific accent color in the room. If you want your bookshelf to last, and you want it to match the room, you will need to paint or stain the shelf itself.

Find the Anchors

The anchors are one of the most important parts of the bookshelf. The anchors are the screws that allow the bookshelf to actually bear weight. Find the right anchors to hold the books that you want to put on the bookshelf. You may need more brackets and anchors than you think.

Knowing how to properly build a bookshelf will help you to create a sturdy shelf. You do not want your bookshelf to collapse or fall. Taking the time to understand these steps will help you to avoid this issue. Focus on the design of the bookshelf and take your time with your bookshelf decision.