How to Install Recessed Shelving
Learn how to install space-saving recessed shelves -- great for displaying knickknacks and treasures.
Sketch out a plan. The bookcase in this project slips into a knee wall in the renovated attic for extra storage. Sketch out the dimensions for the bookcase to determine the dimensions for the individual pieces.
Use a table saw to cut the bookcase pieces from birch plywood.
Use wood glue and a nail gun to assemble the bookcase. Make sure all corners are squared off and the shelves are level before driving nails.
Safety Alert: Always be careful when working with a nail gun. These powerful tools can drive a nail through wood – or a hand or foot – instantly.
Sand, prime and paint the bookcase as desired. Allow the paint to dry completely before installing.
Slide the bookcase into the opening in the wall. Check the bookcase for level, using shims as needed to level the piece. Use a straight edge to make sure the frame is flush with the wall and fits close to the wall studs. Drive nails through the sides of the bookcase into the wall studs; if using shims between the bookcase and studs, make sure to drive nails through the shims. Break off any shims that stick out past the front of the bookcase.
Install wood trim as desired to frame the bookcase and hide any gaps between the bookcase and the wall.
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