Hallmark movies celebrate books and reading, with many featuring romantic storylines and literature allusions. Characters who love books, like authors and bookstore owners, are often highlighted. Inspired by this passion for reading, I created a DIY library room for my daughter and me to enjoy peaceful reading.
This tutorial provides steps to create an aesthetically pleasing and practical reading space with a DIY bookshelf.
The first step in creating a library room in your house is to determine the size and shape of the bookshelf. You can use an old bookshelf, or you can purchase one from a store. I purchased Billy Bookcases from IKEA.
Consider the materials that you’ll need for your bookcase. You’ll need to consider your budget and the type of material you want to use before you start shopping. Once you have your materials, you can start to build your bookcase and add the finishing touches.
Once you have determined the size and shape, you can begin to measure and cut the wood. You will need a a drill, a hammer, and screws to complete the project.
Once the pieces are cut, you can begin to assemble the bookshelf. Start by attaching the sides of the bookshelf, making sure that the pieces fit together snugly. You can then use the drill to attach the shelves to the sides of the bookshelf. Make sure to use the screws in the appropriate places to ensure stability and strength.
For my Ikea Billy bookcases, I unloaded the boxes and built the shelves according to directions with the extensions measuring floor to ceiling, with a lot of help from my Dad.
Move existing electrical outlets higher and add electric wire.
Then, add dimmer switch for lights. Install either a single pole for one switch or a multiple pole dimmer switch to control the lighting in the room.