Bookcases look great in any room, and bring elegance to your home. However, we all know that are expensive and difficult to construct. But with this guide, you will learn the simple and inexpensive way of building a bookcase yourself.


Tools & Materials Needed


  • Level
  • Wood glue
  • Birch plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • T-square
  • Lumber
  • Wood – Poplar or maple
  • Supporting pins
  • Wood screws
  • Small wire brads
  • Drill
  • Paint (optional)




  1. Design the bookshelf according to the space it will be placed at. You can make a built-in bookcase or a separate one. Either way, you need to measure the height of the shelf, and the length. Each section should be 30-inches apart. 18×24 inch spans of 1-inch wood should be used for the shelf.


  1. The lumber will be used for the outer box, vertical supports and shelving while the wood will cover the low-end pine boards.


  1. Cut the wood according to the measurements taken. Add and subtract the width of the wood as you do so. Assemble the wooden box fist and mount its plywood back. Measure each vertical section of the box and cut the wood accordingly.


  1. Drill holes before mounting the vertical sections. The holes are needed for the supporting pins to mount the shelves over. You will have to measure the pin diameters with calipers. The holes will be drilled perpendicular to the wood. If your craftsmanship is weak, skip this step and use L-brackets to hold the shelves.


  1. Now mount the vertical sections by placing each wood shelf in the wood box. Install the pins and check the fit of each. You can remove them if they fit and paint over it, if desired.