Making A DIY Bookcase: Ideas, Materials And Costs

Let’s take a look at various ideas, but above all the costs, tools and knowledge required to make a DIY bookcase.

Thinking about this type of furniture, one might be led to imagine that building a bookcase is a relatively easy operation; in reality it is necessary to evaluate various aspects, both from the point of view of structural characteristics and as regards aesthetics and style.


Regardless of the circumstances and intentions, however, the creation of a do-it-yourself bookcase involves a cost in money and the use of cutting tools and power tools that are potentially dangerous for those who are not used to using them; consequently certain types of projects can only be tackled by experienced hobbyists while others, on the other hand, may be within the reach of simple DIY enthusiasts. So let’s go deeper into the topic by examining the most important aspects.

Materials and costs: solid and laminated wood


The function of a bookcase is not limited to just storing books, but can also be used as a support for knick-knacks, boxes containing equipment, electrical or electronic devices and more.

This little preamble serves to underline the fact that both books and other objects, if they are piled up in more or less conspicuous quantities, can generate a considerable weight; given the supporting role played by the bookcase, therefore, to create one it is of vital importance to use resistant materials.

The best material is solid wood, especially if you intend to build a wall bookcase designed to accommodate a large amount of volumes.

If the project to be carried out is more modest, on the other hand, then composite woods such as lamellar can also be considered; in any case it is preferable not to be too focused on saving when choosing the material, because well-made solid wood bookcases can last more than a lifetime.

As for solid wood, spruce boards are the best choice in terms of price; with a cost ranging from 250 to 650 euros per cubic meter, in fact, this variety is one of the cheapest.

However, there are also others that offer superior aesthetic characteristics and do not differ much in terms of price, such as larch for example, whose cost varies from 500 to 900 euros per cubic meter, and Swedish pine which ranges from 450 to 550 euros approximately. per cubic meter.

Laminated wood has an equally interesting aesthetic result, albeit not comparable to that of solid wood, but since it is used above all in construction, it has the advantage of being particularly resistant; the price does not differ much from solid wood instead, in fact a cubic meter of laminated fir can cost between 500 and 700 euros.

For the execution of the project the use of a band saw, a radial miter saw, a sander , a milling machine, other hand tools and consumables, such as abrasives, glue, sandpaper , oils and finishing paints are required ; therefore the most demanding projects are recommended only to those who already have the equipment and the relative experience of use.

The use of wood, however, whether solid or laminated, is not completely out of the reach of simple DIY enthusiasts, especially if you intend to create a do-it-yourself bookcase with wall shelves . In this case, just go to a specialized dealer or contact one online and have the wood cut to the desired size; after which it will be simply a matter of finishing, if necessary, and wall mounting using dowels.

The shelves DIY also offer the additional advantage of being less costly than the realization of a mobile complete library, both from an economic point of view, both in terms of time.


Recycled materials and recycling


Construction costs can be further reduced when there is the possibility of exploiting recycled or recycled materials; even in this case, however, the more experienced and well-equipped hobbyists have a considerable advantage, as they have a greater possibility of accessing this type of resources.

In any case, you must always take into account the type of project you intend to carry out and its structural characteristics; consequently the recycled and recovered materials, although functional and often obtainable at no cost, are recommended above all for small projects.

A classic example are small bookcases able to support a limited quantity of books or small objects; since they are destined to play more a role as a piece of furniture rather than fulfill the functions of a “studio” bookcase, in fact, to make them one can afford to sacrifice the characteristics of structural resistance.

Ideas and projects


As you may have easily guessed at this point, the choice of materials is intimately linked to the type of project you intend to carry out.

Regardless of the initial idea, the most important aspect to take into account when drawing the project on paper is the precision in the measurements, and in particular the depth of the bookcase and the vertical spacing between the shelves.

As far as the type of project is concerned, however, the limitations are represented only by one’s own creativity and by the dimensions available in the environment intended to host the library.

As mentioned previously, in fact, you can build the classic mobile bookcase, a “modular” bookcase or even design one that can be integrated with any other generic furniture you have.

In this case, the bookcase can be placed side by side with elements such as the Malm bedside table, for example, which is suitable both for traditional use in the bedroom and as a small study chest of drawers, or a desk.

Ideas further increase when using recycled or recycled materials; for example, you can transform old wooden crates, such as those used to contain wine bottles, or use steel cables to suspend shelves at various heights in an attic, where the sloping roof does not allow the use of a bookcase normal size.

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