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How to Add a Bookcase

DIY Network experts show how to position and secure bookcases around a Murphy bed.

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position and secure bookcases around a murphy bed
  • Time

    Weekend

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard

Highlights:

Step 1: Measure the Area

Clear the room and carry in the bookcases. Measure the wall where the bed and bookcases will be positioned. Allow space for the bookcases and full-sized bed. In this example, the room is 124-1/4". After measuring, allow that 13-7/8" be left on the side of each bookcase after being properly positioned.

Step 2: Cut Out the Baseboard

Mark the location of the bookcase on the wall, and use a reciprocating saw to cut out the baseboard at that area.

cut out baseboard in area of bookcase

Step 3: Secure the Cabinet

Find the stud location, and measure from each end of the cut area to the stud's center. Slide the bookcase in place and use a level to make sure it's plumb. Following the same measurements taken for the stud location, secure the cabinet to the stud with 3" wood screws. Repeat the process for second bookcase.

secure cabinet to stud

Step 4: Add Decorative Molding

Add decorative molding to the top of the bookcases. To follow this example, measure the top of the bookcase, and transfer the measurement to the trim. Cut the trim with a compound miter saw at 45-degree angles at the corners. Make a cross cut at the end that will be positioned against the wall. Nail it into place using a brad nailer and 1" brads.

add decorative molding to top of bookcases

Step 5: Sand the Piece

Fill the nail holes with wood putty, and sand the entire piece with 220-grit sanding block. Wipe it clean with a clean, dry rag.

Step 6: Apply Primer

Apply a coat of primer and allow it to dry. Then, lightly sand it with the sanding block and wipe it to remove residue.

Step 7: Apply Two Coats of Paint

Caulk any gaps left (image 1), and apply two coats of paint (image 2) in the color of your choice. Allow it to dry thoroughly between coats.

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