Books are heavy, and as a result lots of bookshelves bend.
Also, most bookshelves stand on the floor, making them not so stable, dirt collects behind them, and cleaning the floor is difficult.
Standing on the floor many books are not at eye-height, which is not ergonomic either.

So I decided to design a bookshelf which would :
  1. be strong enough to not bend, even when fully loaded with heavy books
  2. be hung to the wall, so it would be more ergonomic and easier to clean
  3. have no screws or fittings visible in order to keep the minimalistic design
As it turns out, this bookshelf is not hard to build, and it's dimensions can be easily adjusted to really fit the wall you have available.

This instructable is in the furniture contest, so if you like it, please vote ! Thanks

Step 1: Concept Explained

The bookshelf consists of 3 types of parts :
  1. Wooden 'hooks' which are attached to the wall with plugs and screws/bolts. I used 3 hooks per side (so a total of 6). Each 'hook' is attached to the wall with 2 screws/bolts.  These 'hooks' and their screws/bolts are carrying the whole weight of the bookshelf, so you should dimension them right for the job. I took 8mm bolts
  2. 2 Sides : left and right are symmetrical (identical but mirrored). The sides are 'hooked' upon the hooks mentioned above
  3. A number of shelves, 5 in my case. They are all identical. They fit between the two sides.
You could change the dimensions as follows :
  1. make the sides higher or shorter, depending on your ceiling height. I kept ~40cm of space around the bookshelf. My ceiling is 265 cm, So I made it 180cm high
  2. make the shelves shorter/longer. Mine are 155cm, but you could take any length... (see last section)
  3. vary the number of shelves. I took 5, but you could easily make more or less shelves. You need one at the top, and one at the bottom. All the remaining shelves are evenly distributed vertically.
  4. change the depth : I took 30cm as this fits most books, but If you build it for pocket size books, or CDs/DVDs/BRs, you could make it (eg) 15 cm deep instead
Although this might seem like a work demanding solution at first, I think the idea is brilliant, in the sence that it solves ongoing bookshelf problems and is very minimalistic. <br>Very well done and thank you for sharing this. It certainly is professional work <br>
I'm glad you saw the simplicity and flexibility of this design ! <br>Indeed 'Less is More (&lt;=&gt;)' was my design goal here.
<p>Well, this certainly wasn't a project for a rookie. I purchased lots of tools I didn't have and ruined some wood with bad cuts/measurements. It looks pretty darn good and my wife loves it. Now that I know what not to do and have a bit of experience, I think I'll build a smaller one for the office. For people new to this, the instructable is more of a design concept and lacks depth, but in the end, is a very cool project. Thanks Strooom for cool bookshelf in my library.</p>
<p>I love this design, but am faced with a couple challenges. First, measurements are in metric and that just confuses everyone at the lumber store. I converted measurements, but they aren't standard sizes on this side of the pond. Second, no one, and I mean no one sells block board. I like your design and mounting idea, but dang, I wish you were in the USA or I was in your country! I'll figure it out, but it's going to cost more because I'm probably going to have to use plywood.</p>
Exact dimensions are not important in this design, so there is no need to convert from mm to inches. Just adapt to what you have available.<br><br>You could replace the blockboard with 1/2&quot; plywood.<br>If you can get oak in 3&quot;x 3/8&quot; or 3&quot; x 1/2&quot;, you would stay close to the original design:<br>Two sheets of 1/2&quot; plywood and a spacer of 7/8&quot;. (Take a leftover piece of 3/4&quot; plywood and have 7/8&quot; strips cut on a saw table)<br><br>I'm happy you like the design and I'm ready to help Where I can.<br><br>P
Thanks for the reply. Help me understand the spacing. I just picked up 1/2&quot; plywood, so there is an inch, and you said to use 7/8&quot; spacers, so no I'm at 2 7/8&quot; but then you said to use 3&quot; oak finish strips? Aren't I one inch short at this point?
<p>It took me a very long time to finish it and it was quite challenging. <br>Working with wood is not as easy as I tought and I made a lot of mistakes (finally solved) during the process. Is my first furniture but <br>I'm quite happy with the result. It looks very very nice. <br>Congratulations for this instructable!!!!</p>
<p>Excellent! You've learned new skills and made a nice bookshelf. That's why I share my designs :-)</p>
<p>How did you &quot;hook&quot; the hooks to the sides?</p>
<p>Hi, at each side 3 'hooks are attached to the wall with screws'</p><p>Then each side has the counterparts for these hooks in the middle of them : </p><p>leftsideboard|counter-hoooks|rightsideboard</p><p>So the side slide OVER the hooks, this way hiding the whole attachment construction. At any time you can take the side off the wall be simply sliding them slightly up and away from the wall. I this is not clear enough, I'll add a few more images.</p>
<p>Hi Stroom, </p><p>That's a nice looking bookcase, well done. I'm thinking of building one myself.</p><p>I was wondering if you might be able to answer one question. Regarding Step 7.3 &quot;<strong>Slide the 5 shelves into place</strong>:Start with the bottom and top shelves, then add the middle ones.&quot; </p><p>Do you nail/glue the shelves into place, or just slide them in? I was wondering, if you are just sliding them in, does the bookcase wobble or is it fairly sturdy? Thanks</p>
Really nice work, top craftsmanship
It looks beautiful - high quality! Great job!
Nice instructable. This method can also be used to hang headboards onto the wall instead of bolting them to the bed frame. It provides great support for heavy headboards - upholstered, reclaimed wood, vintage doors.
nice bookshelf
Stunning Stunning Stunning!!! - Going to definately give this a try.... ( no carpentry skills i say sheepishly )...
greate and simple in desgn....thnx
Great and a very nice design. <br> <br>But do NOT fix these shelves on a sheetrock wall !!!&hellip; ;D
Beautiful shelving! Just what I need. Can you give an idea of the materials cost?
I've added a cost estimate to the Instructable
The look is great and the instructable is well defined. <br> <br>I offer a suggestion that would make hanging the shelf a little simpler and require less precision. One of the oldest methods of mounting things to a wall is a French cleat. The cleat consists of two parts only, and they can be ripped from a single piece of lumber. The lumber needs to be as long as the shelf is wide, or a little less. I usually use a strip of 1x4, which actually measures 3/4&quot;x3 1/2&quot;, or about 20 mm x 88 mm. Rip the lumber down the length at a 45 degree angle. Level and screw one piece to the wall studs with the angle pointing down into the wall. Screw the other piece to the back of the shelf at the top, with the angle pointing up towards the front of the shelf. This method is more forgiving and is more secure than screwing the wood to the Sheetrock. <br> <br>Also, a rule of thumb for shelf span is that 4 feet is about as far part as supports can be before sagging takes place. This is an average and will depend on wood species and thickness. Man made wood products, such as particle board have about half the span capacity as solid hardwoods.
Hi, I was not aware of something like a French cleat, but after googling images, I can say that this design is in fact using a hidden French cleat : the French cleat is inside and integrated into the bookshelf sides. Instead of running long horizontally, here it is done in 6 short ones. But the mechanism is definitely the same.
Love using a french clete, though it would be exposed in this shelf design. Stephen
It can be a part of the design.
This is really nice and well done! Congrats on a great project!
What a simple, elegant design. Very nice concept. i will be trying this for sure. Stephen
I think that is the most beautiful bookshelf I have ever seen! And just a genius design. Great job designing and building it. Wow, just WOW!
This is beautiful work, and looks very strong.
If I understand this correctly, you aren't installing this into studs, just the drywall hanging on the studs. Can I suggest bolting this into studs for more strength? I personally wouldn't want the drywall to accidentally rip off...
In my loft there are no drywalls, the walls are all brick and mortar and they are 70cm thick. So strong enough to bolt whatever onto them... <br>If you hang this onto a drywall, you definitely need to bolt this to the studs.

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