You can build a very nice bookshelf with very little effort into your existing wall framing to liven up a bare wall in your home. This little addition can bring life to any room and even increase your homes value by adding a unique touch. This is a very simple project, and can be done in just several hours of work.
The structural integrity of your wall framing is not compromised by doing this, as you are building the bookshelf in between the two wall support studs. this will allow you to use the space more efficiently, adding a unique touch to any room.
Step 1 - Select a Wall
Use your stud sensor and locate the studs on either side of the area you want to convert. Once you have located the studs in the wall framing you will want to measure out the space for the cuts from one stud to the other, and then also calculate height into the layout as well. Use your carpenters pencil to chart out the area you are going to work on, mark where the studs are and use that as your foundation to the cutting.
Step 2 - Make the Cuts
Once you have drawn out your cuts onto the wall area you are working on, go ahead and start cutting away the sheet rock to reveal your inner wall framing with your saws-all. Try and keep the cuts even with the wall studs and as straight as possible across the top and the bottom of what will be your bookshelf, these cuts will be covered by trim later.
Step 3 - Mounting the Shelves
Inside, you will see the studs of your wall framing, these will be used to mount your shelves on either side of the opening in the wall. Use the joists to mount the shelves as you go, be sure to use the level to ensure that your shelves are even and flat from one side to the other. The bubble in the level should be in between the two center lines when checked on the left, right and middle of each shelf you install.
Step 4 - Mounting the Trim
Once you have your shelves mounted into the wall framing, you will want to clean up the looks of the shelf's edges by adding trim to cover your initial cuts. Simply take the trim and cut it to cover the edges all the way around across the top, bottom and sides, you can cut the ends at 45 degrees so they fit together flush on the corners.
Step 5 - Finishing Touches
You can stain or paint the trim as well as the shelves to fit the decor of your home without much effort. The back of the bookshelf inside the wall framing can be painted as well to mask the dull coloration of the drywall. Later on you can adjust the shelving frames with very little effort to make taller or shorter shelves for books or even nick knacks.