A tree bookshelf is not only something that looks good, but is also a high utility item. In addition, it’s so easy to make that practically anybody can have one in their living room. This can become truly unique once you add your creativity to it. In fact, you can make it the center of attention in any room as your permanent built-in bookcase, custom designed to cater to your needs and taste in style. This different bookshelf can add personality and substance to your house in a way that it’s impossible for any other kind of bookcase, like a narrow bookcase.
The tree bookshelf is enormously flexible: you can fit it just about anywhere. Of course, the familiar locations would include a living room and lining a wall or even flanking a fireplace. But, with this bookcase, you can even create an alcove or surround your window or door. You may make it sit under a stairway or even follow you up the steps. Use it to gracefully divide your room in two, or for whatever you want.
Materials Required in Making a Tree Bookshelf
– Fine-toothed jigsaw
– An ordinary handsaw
– Medium-density fiberboard
– Painter’s tape
– Paint quarts
Making it Yourself
Place your medium density fiberboard on the sawhorses. Now draw a diagonal line that will form the center line of your bookcase. Make the pattern and then cut the paper as indicated on the patterns, spraying the back of the pattern with adhesive spray and then setting this pattern on the fiberboard. Ensure that the center marks on these patterns are aligned with the centerline that you drawn earlier on the fiberboard. Also, the patterns need to align with each other, as they will have to form the outline of this special tree.
Now you need to move from the bottom up and add the branches to the tree. Complete one side first and then move on to the other side. Once this step is completed, cut the whole tree from the fiber board just outside the pattern. You must also sand the edges of the tree by using a sanding block and grit sand paper and making sure that all the edges are smooth.
Once done, set the completed tree on the remaining fiberboard and trace in order to make the duplicate back. In case you are confused about which branches go where, you can always number these pieces so that you fit all of them properly.
You must cut the second tree in order to create an identical front and back. Once again, soften all its edges with sandpaper. You may even round over all the edges with a router to help speed up the process.
You need to glue the trunk to this tree bookshelf and further secure it with the help of tape. Next, you need to begin installing the branches in the same way by applying glue to the edge of the branch and then securing these to the tree by using painter’s tape. Then, set the tree in position in the room and locate where it will cross the studs in the wall by using a stud finder. Just mark these spots on the tree. You can also keep the screws out of sight by marking the screw locations on the top side of the tree branches.
Decorating Your Tree Bookshelf
Firstly, you can add two coatings of primer to the tree, following with a color of your choice. In case you are adding brackets, don’t forget to paint the brackets with the same color, so that they appear to be an integral part of the tree.
There are certain things you need to keep in mind while making this bookshelf for your home. First look at the dimensions of the room: the tree obviously has to fit the available space. If it’s oversized, it will make your room look smaller. On the other side, if it’s too small, it will look insignificant and not serve any purpose.
You will also need to look at the purpose behind having the tree bookshelf. If it’s simply for decorative purposes, then the focus has to be on making it look beautiful and attractive. If you wish to place things in it, then plan the design accordingly.
If your tree bookshelf is meant to keep big and heavy books, ensure that the bookshelf is able to withstand the weight. If you wish to keep small and light books, among other decorative items, then lightweight wood will do.
Next, you need to focus on the color of your tree bookshelf, which needs to coordinate with the rest of the room in terms of shades and overall style.
If you have kids and want to provide access to this special tree, make sure that the branches are placed lower so they are able to reach the items easily. Avoid any small nooks as dust tend to accumulate there, making it very difficult to clean later on.
Finishing Your Bookshelf
Since you’re going to make the tree yourself, ensure that you follow all the safety guidelines and always protect yourself when working on DIY bookshelves or other shelving units. You may design the bookshelf yourself or take inspiration from the internet.
Please, be sure to choose the proper shelf material: it can be solid wood as this would make the strongest shelves, but this material will be more costly than plywood or fiberboard. On the other side, softwoods may cost less than hardwood boards, but they’re also weaker.
You also have the hardwood plywood sheets (suitable for paint or even clear finishes) that have minimal defects and are available in a wide range of veneers. Medium density fiberboard remains as the most affordable alternative as it’s not as stiff as solid wood or even plywood, but doesn’t warp or splinter and is easy to paint. Besides, it looks beautiful as well.