Transform Your Room with 5 Bookcases and 5 Days

Bookworms everywhere are always searching for new ways to incorporate their love of reading into their homes. Being a book-lover myself, I’ve always dreamed of having a little reading nook separate from the rest of the house; the perfect place to sit in silence and leaf through my next novel.

But if the idea of a nook isn’t doing it for you, there are so many other ways to pay homage to books in your home! Another thing that comes immediately to mind? Bookshelves.

There are a lot of fun things you can do with bookshelves in your house, like use them as a foot or headboard in the bedroom, or even turning them into a secret room. All while showing off your favorite books! It’s the perfect decor choice.

One option we love is creating a built-in bookshelf wall; so essentially a wall that’s one giant bookshelf. It’s like having your own personal library, a thought that probably have every lover of literature beaming right now.

This might sound like a labor-intensive project, turning a wall into a giant sprawling bookshelf, but this DIY from Hometalk shows us just how doable this is. In this instance, it took five Billy bookcases from IKEA and five days for this woman to completely transform the look of her spare room.

The backroom of her home was meant to be an at-home office, but it was mostly just holding boxes of books that were still unpacked from their move three years previously. Finally, this homeowner decided to just go for it and attempt this amazing DIY.

These are the materials that were used for the project, some of which she already had at home before she got started:

  • Ikea Billy bookcases – $350   (IKEA)
  • Molding – $80   (Home Depot)
  • Paint – $10   (Home Depot)
  • “L” Brackets
  • Dremmel Tool

Start by calculating the number of IKEA Billy bookcases you’ll need for this project. This, of course, will depend on the space you have. Take the measurements of the wall you’re looking to configure to figure out how many bookshelves you’ll need.

You’ll want to secure the bookshelves to the wall, starting in the center with the middle piece and using “L” brackets. These brackets should come with the bookcases themselves. For her project, she went to Home Depot to get the baseboard, casing and crown molding, as well as color to match your shelf’s color. This is optional, but we love the sophisticated look it gives to your built-in library wall.

For the full instructions and some awesome step-by-step pictures, make sure to check out the original Hometalk article.

What do you think of this built-in bookshelf wall? Will you take a few days to complete this project? It might mean a little work after work, but the end result it so worth it! Share your thoughts in the comments section below.