A corner bookcase is one of the dream furnishings for any home. Bookworms can use these cabinets as added space for their literature collections, while people with other book collections can take advantage of its features for space.
Using this bookcase type is beneficial for everyone. Not only does it add space for books, but also saves space. Unlike conventional bookcases, this utilizes corner spaces that are often not used inside the house. With its space-saving feature and minimalist appeal, a lot of homeowners want to know how they can build their own bookcase of this type.
Procedures in Building a Corner Bookcase
Creating a regular bookcase can be challenging for many individuals. Imagine how intimidating it is to build a corner bookshelf. You are probably feeling it right now. The truth is that there should be no room for intimidation as long as you follow these tips. As long as you know some carpentry skills, all you need is the right guide and information to ensure you will construct this case with ease.
Set your design
Design is the first thing that you should think about before starting the building process. How can you create something without a plan, right? Think of how you want your bookcase to look. Do you want it to have an L-shaped layout or do you prefer having a triangular layout? Think of all the important details and note them down to prepare necessary materials.
Another important point to consider is whether you want it fixed in the corner or if you can move it in the future. If you often relocate, it is best to choose the standalone choice since you don’t have fix it on the wall.
Measure the corner and cabinet dimensions
Measuring is the most important part of building the cabinet. Remember that your case must fit perfectly on the corner to ensure stability. Moreover, it ensures that every corner space is utilized.
Measure the walls forming the corner according to your preferred design or size. Keep in mind that an L-shaped bookcase has overlapping measurements at the corner. Note the shared length accordingly to guarantee appropriate size.
If you want a triangular shelf, you must measure the distance between the walls. This line to measure forms the triangle together with the corner. This will serve as the entire width of the cabinet.
Aside from the case’s body, measure the space in between shelves accordingly. Books come in a wide array of sizes and they should fit perfectly to avoid damages on the book. Large encyclopedias require wider spaces to fit properly while regular books such as paperbacks and novels can fit in narrower in-between shelf spaces.
Finally, measure external frame covers or body. They serve as the case’s edge covers and you can set its space according to your preference.
With your handy-dandy list of measurements, you can start preparing for cutting the wood materials. Marking the materials is up to you. Mark the measurement on the wood or if you have high-end cutters, you can simply set it and start cutting. Remember that various cutting tools must be used, so keep yourself protected by wearing gears like goggles and industrial gloves.
Cut the pieces according to measurement and have all the corner bookcase ready for sanding.
Sand wood surfaces first in preparation for fitting. This makes sanding easier, especially if you plan to have a fixed bookcase. Sand it manually or use a machine to attain smooth finishes that you want for your bookcase.
One of the important points to keep in mind while building a bookcase, or any furnishing for that matter, is to ensure that every part fits. Take several pieces of wood materials and fit it on the corner. This will make sure that the pieces fit accordingly and save you from dismantling your cabinet right in the middle of building it. Conduct necessary adjustments in case pieces don’t fit according to your measurement.
Commence building the framework
Only a few more steps and you will have your bookcase. First, build the framework by nailing shelf support on the wall if you plan to have a fixed bookcase. Place appropriate spaces in between the shelf support and then place the edge frames or covers that will serve as the body of your cabinet. This ensures that your framework is sturdy enough for shelving.
The same process applies for moveable bookcases. Start with the frame, but make sure that you have enough space for movement when you are ready to place the shelves. Test if the framework is sturdy enough to handle the shelves.
Now that you have the support and the framework in place, it is time to place the shelves. Place them on top of the support and secure them properly using nails or screws. A little wood glue may also be necessary just to keep the material in place.
Cover unwanted spaces
Several spaces must be covered like cabinet trims or bottom area. Cover them using a plywood or other wood materials that you want to use. Keep in mind to place these covers last because it placing the shelves is impossible if you place them.
Add doors or drawers if necessary
Now that your cabinet is having its form, you can start fitting doors and drawers. Place their own support materials then see if they will fit.
Your corner bookcase is done, but remember that adding the final touches will make it look great inside your house. Sand rough surfaces to ensure smooth texture. Your cabinet must have smooth surfaces before applying the finish or else it won’t look great. Use any type of finish that you want. If you are planning to go simple and traditional, go with regular varnish as finish. Follow a certain color theme at home by using paint manufactured for wood.
Owning a corner bookcase can be done right at your home. This helps you save money while avoiding the limitations offered by pre-fabricated bookcase. Follow these tips and you are assured that it will come up perfectly.