To make it easy to adapt this bookcase plan to fit any room, it’s designed
to be built and installed as a group of individual modules. There are three types
ofcomponents: the bookcases (three wide units and a narrow one), bases to support
the bookcases, and a door surround. Trim pieces tie all these elements together
for an integrated look.
The bookcases are simply tall boxes made of 3/4" medium-density fiberboard
(MDF). For this room, we designed this bookcase plan to include three 30"-wide
cases and an 18"-wide unit. Assembled with butt joints and screws, the cases
are set side by side and screwed together, creating a thick vertical line as a
visual element between units. Adjustable shelves, also made of MDF, are edged
with wide bands of hardwood to prevent sagging.
The door surround is an inverted U-shaped unit that straddles the door opening.
Here again, the sides of the surround butt against the bookcases, carrying the
vertical design element across the row of bookcases. A single fixed shelf adds
Simple base units elevate the cases off the floor. Made of MDF and assembled with
butt joints and screws, the bases are secured to the wall. The bookcases are fastened
to the bases with nails.
It’s the hardwood trim that distinguishes this project, visually tying all
the elements together. Made of economical poplar, the trim pieces are nailed in
place as shown, then painted along with the bookcases.