How To Convert A Closet Into A Bookcase

Almost all avid readers and book lovers tend to run into the same problem- a lack of space to store their favorite books. Even though there are very many creative options available, the traditional method of storing books still remains the use of bookcases. Because closets generally have a sturdy and reliable construction, they are always the ideal spot for installing shelves which are designed to handle some significant weight. It thus follows that many homeowners with spare closets find it easy to convert them into a bookcase with the sole purpose of storing books and maybe even use the space to sit and have a read if there is enough space. Here are some important tips on how to convert a closet into a bookcase.

You should start by removing any clothing rods or shelving from the closet. You should also remove the door. Whereas it is not necessary to remove the door, removing it makes the new bookcase look like a purposeful and well thought out part of the home décor and furniture and not just an afterthought that’s not well planned or organized.

You should then proceed and fill and also sand any holes left behind by removing the above mentioned components. For large holes you may require a repair kit, but for small holes, all you need is some joint compound and a putty knife. To make the repairs less noticeable, you should have them painted. Choose your colour carefully as you want to have a bright and inviting bookcase, desist from using dull and bland colors for this purpose.

Measure the height of some of the oddly sized books which you want to store in the closet and note down the measurements. This will give you an idea of how much space you should leave between the shelves. Make sure there is enough space for the tallest books so as to allow the books to easily slide between the shelves. If it is a walk-in closet, you should then start to locate the studs along the sides or along the back. For speed, you can make use of a stud finder or simply tap the walls and listen for a solid sound, rather than a hollow sound which will then indicate the location of any fitted studs. Simply mark the position or location of studs you find with a pencil.

You should then measure along a stud close to one side of the closet. Depending on where you will want the top of a bracket to lie, place a mark at each spot. The measurements of your books should act as a guide to help you decide how far you need to space the brackets. While doing this, make sure you allow for the thickness of the shelves you will be fitting. Repeat with the same measurements along another stud that’s close to the other side of the closet. It is worth mentioning that if the closet is wider than four feet then you may have to fit more brackets in studs placed in the middle of the wall so as to offer the shelf some extra support.

It is important to check each set of spots or marks so to ensure that the set of marks are level from one side of the marked spots of the closet to the other. It is also recommended that you confirm this again after the brackets have been installed by simply resting your level across the tops of installed brackets. Using a set of screws and screwdriver, you should proceed to install the brackets where you have placed the marks. It is advisable that you do the installation from the bottom of the closet rising upwards, placing your shelf across the brackets as you go through the installation.

Depending on the size of the closet, you can also have a small desk space where you can place a desktop where you can seat and enjoy your reading, alternatively, you can also add any stand-alone furniture that you feel may add some style and finesse to the bookcase. Finally, to give the bookcase an elegant and finished look, you should go ahead and replace any moulding that may be surrounding the closet with some casing after you have installed the shelves.

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