The Best Book Shelf

I think there’s something so lovely about a home filled with books. A cozy abode where reading takes up much of one’s time and energy. In order to have a home filled with books though, one must have a place to keep them. My favorite way to store and display books at the moment during this season of seminary is to have some lovely bookshelves. The problem with bookshelves though, is that the beautiful ones from stores tend to be made out of cheap materials, or they tend to be way out of our price range. So, some #MeeDIYS had to come in to play in order for us to have more room to store our books.

My dear husband put his talented wood-working skills to use yet again and made me a gorgeous, huge book shelf. The best book shelf I’ve ever laid eyes on, actually.

The feature I consider of most importance in a bookshelf is its sturdiness. If it can’t stand up straight and sturdy and hold a lot of weight, how can I trust it to hold the myriad of books we own? I’m happy to report this one Nate made is as sturdy as could be, made from lovely wood beams that can hold a lot of weight. This shelf ended up being a lot bigger than I anticipated (Nate told me the measurements, but I had trouble imagining them ;D), but its size ended up being one of my favorite parts about it. It’s a bit of a monster shelf, but now we just have lots of extra room for more books, right? As long as I live, I shall always love reading and collecting good books.

I’ll explain a little how we (when I say we I mean mostly Nate, although I helped a little ;D) made it, for all our fellow DIY-ers out there. Also, if any of our local friends would be interested in having us make one of these awesome book shelves for you, let us know! We’ve made a shelf like this before for a friend, and we loved every minute of it!

Nate used the following supplies to build this book shelf, but the dimensions could be changed:

  • Four 2x4s (8ft) for the posts
  • Three 1×10 boards (6ft)
  • Twenty L brackets (2in)
  • Forty 1/2 inch screws
  • Forty 3/4 inch screws
  • Eight 1-1/2 inch screws
  • Wood Glue

He then sanded, cut, and fashioned them into a bookshelf with these dimensions (6-1/2 feet tall, 3 feet wide, and almost 1 foot deep).

Then I stained it (I only did one coat, since the color came out so good with just one). After letting it dry, we put it in place and then I “styled” it with books and other items. Actually, styling bookshelves is one of my favorite things to do. It’s so fun to handle and arrange all our books, as well as add fun items like our unity candle and things that belonged to Nate’s Mom. I mean, I’m no Joanna Gaines or anything, but it sure is fun to make our home more cozy and cute.

I love how this book shelf turned out, and I know it will serve us and our books well for many years to come.

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Hope y’all are having a lovely week!

Love

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