Hello Remodelaholic readers! Jaime Costiglio here to share a simple do it yourself bookshelf with adjustable shelves and tons of book storage. It’s a simple bookshelf with just a hint of fancy detail so you can place it nearly anywhere in your home.
I also added cove moulding to the interior of each side panel but this is completely optional.
DIY Bookshelf with Adjustable Shelves
- 1 sheet – ¾” plywood
- ½ sheet – ¼” plywood
- 4 – 2x2x8 boards
- 1 – 1x2x6 pine board
- 4 – feet, tee nuts & hanger bolts
- 16’ cove moulding (optional)
- 2 ½” & 1 ¼”pocket hole screws
- 1 ¼” wood screws
- wood glue
- ¾” finish nails
- edge banding
Basic woodworking tools: circular saw or table saw, miter or chop saw, drill, nail gun, iron, pocket hole jig. Always use safety precautions when working with power tools.
Get the printable woodworking plans HERE for the full cut list and assembly instructions.
Adding Feet to a Bookshelf
I ended up adding an addition scrap 1×3 piece just inside the bottom corners because of the placement and size of the feet I selected. Predrill a hole for the tee nut and hammer it in place.
How to Make DIY Bookshelf Shelves Adjustable
Shelf pins and adjustable shelf pin holes make it easy to make your own adjustable shelf bookshelf! I used a piece of scrap peg board here and marked the depth of my drill bit with tape.
Finishing a DIY Wood Bookshelf
After building according to the bookshelf woodworking plan, plug up all pocket holes then add wood putty and sand well. Apply edge banding to visible cut plywood edges. I used oil based primer then two coats of Benjamin Moore winter wheat semi-gloss to complete the bookshelf.
I hope you enjoy these plans!
More bookshelves to build:
- small open shelf building plan
- industrial shelf using PVC
- built-in corner bookshelf // built-in bookcase
Published 10 Jul 2015 // Updated 21 May 2020