I needed a bookcase, but I really didn’t want the traditional taller shelving unit. I wanted something that could sit behind a couch (or in my case, futon) up in my loft. I have a LOT of books – especially reference books. The shelving unit took on many different versions in the design phase. I thought about making three separate units, each one two feet wide and fastening them together. Then I decided to make a longer unit and use the top as a display area.
I would eventually revisit the three – 2′ wide units in another project, but stayed with the one monolithic build. I had my challenges.
Wood at that length (from the home improvement store) isn’t always straight. I learned that. I tried to take care of that in the material purchase, but I rushed and missed something. Overall – I did rush this project, and I can tell with this project. Lesson learned to slow down and do it right.
The unit itself is 6 feet long, by 3 foot high. The shelf spacing is at 14″ on the bottom, 12″ for the middle, and 10″ top. I have some tall books and needed that height. The boards I used were standard 1″x12’x6′ that I cut down to length in the garage. Looking back, I would have went with the plywood for true-ness and ease in working with.
The backer board is 1/4″ plywood, stapled to the back.
I decided to paint the entire unit white to match the molding upstairs and tie everything together. This also helped me to hide some of the “oops” I made during construction.