Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Floating "Book"shelves

I've had several people ask about our Floating "Book"shelves both in person and after my recent book post, so I figured I'd put up a little tutorial for those of you wanting to add these unique little shelves to your decor.  They're a wonderful way to fill up an empty wall and make an eye-catching statement by showing off your great book collection!

I have also been wanting to add some more DIY tutorials to the blog, so I'm calling this "Tutorial Tuesday" in the hopes that I'll be motivated to add one each week! Ha... we'll see..... it's a good idea in theory, right?


They're really simple to make, so, without further ado, here's how I did it!

Step 1:
Find yourself a great old hardcover book that you don't mind sacrificing.  *Don't worry - I didn't sacrifice Lord of the Rings... this one was just for photography purposes.*  You'll also need an "L" bracket with accompanying screws.  Note: If you plan on putting anything heavy on these shelves, you may want to use two brackets-one on each end.  Since we only put a few books on each, one sufficed.

Step 2: 
Center the bracket across the page side of your book and mark the hole spots.  Drill holes into the book, but do not attach the bracket yet.

Step 3:
Hold the book up to the wall where you want it to hang.  Attach the bracket to the wall.

Step 4:
Attach the book to the bracket.  This is easiest if you have another person putting a good bit of pressure on top of the book, otherwise the screws will just make the pages bubble up on the inside.

Now add some more awesome books to your "book"shelf..... and stand back and admire.  

Enjoy!

This post shared at Positively Splendid.

10 comments:

  1. This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Yay! I was waiting for you to post this. :-) Looks so easy, I'm definitely going to have to convince the hubs to try this.

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  3. This is amazing. Did you see this somewhere first, or did you dream it up yourself?

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    1. Thanks! Well, I saw some weird (expensive) contraption at a store in Europe when we were visiting my family last year that did something sort of like that. Ha! So, I suppose technically I saw it somewhere else first, but we designed how to install them on our own.

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  4. Great idea... I think it would be hard to drill holes in a book though... I may have to get over it and do it anyway. It's super neat looking!

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    1. Haha, I know what you mean! :) I recommend hitting up some used book stores and finding duplicate hardback copies of your favorite books - it makes it easier to damage it if you know you have another copy.

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  5. This looks really cool and is super cheap! Would it be possible to simply buy a bigger/longer L-bracket and set a suitably-sized book on it as the base book so it's balanced instead of drilled into? That's what I'm hoping...off to the hardware store to experiment!

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  6. What a great use for my hubby's old - and now out-of-date - computer programming textbooks! Thanks!

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