Door Knob Bookshelf Legs

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Introduction: Door Knob Bookshelf Legs

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I love doing simple home decor projects.  I just bought a cheap bookshelf from a consignment store near my home.  I got the idea to prop the shelf up with door knobs when I was working on my transparent clutch - I saw all these beautiful door knobs at Anthropologie and decided to get some extras for bookshelf legs.

Adding door knobs as legs to my bookshelf was so simple. It took less than 10 minutes and looks super chic. 

An unexpected bonus to adding door knobs as legs was it stopped the bookshelf from wobbling!

Step 1: Materials

Bookshelf  - make sure its not too heavy and the door knobs can support it.

Door Knobs - I bought 3 ceramic from Anthropologie for a corner bookshelf, if you are using a standard bookshelf use 4 door knobs.  Also, make sure the door knobs don't come to a point at the tip of the door knob because that will scuff your floor.

Hand Drill and drill bit - the drill bit should be the same size as the bolt on your door knobs

Step 2: Before

The bottom of my bookshelf was pretty boring.  I wanted to jazz it up.  I had never seen door knobs used as legs for a bookshelf so I figured I'd give it a try!

Step 3: Adding the Door Knob Legs

Since my bookshelf is a corner shelf I only added 3 legs.  For a standard bookshelf you will want to add 4 legs.  

Simple directions.  Just drill a pilot hole the same size as the bolts on the door knobs.  Use your hand to turn the bolts into the pilot holes.  If you make the right size pilot holes this is really easy.  You may want to practice on a piece of scrap wood first to make sure.

Step 4: Final Product

The final product shows the door knob legs are the perfect accent to my new bookshelf.  They are a little hard to see in the zoomed out image, but they look awesome!

The bookshelf still isn't complete.  Keep checking back to see how I finish flipping this bookshelf!

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    The doorknobs seem wasted when used as feet because they are hardly visible. I would probably try to find some reclaimed or plain and inexpensive hardware if I try this at home. Thanks for the idea!

    Would it make it easier to move, as in, do they work as glides? If so, I've got a cabinet to do this to.

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    Yes! It was actually much easier to move after adding the legs. I guess it also depends on the size of your cabinet.

    cute cute! good idea

    Yes, I'll definitely be using this idea. Excellent.

    Very pro video, felt like a mini episode of this old house or something.
    Brilliant!

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    Me too! They have some beautiful hardware pieces.

    This one of those "why didn't i think of that first" ideas.
    Absolutely brilliant, have a cookie.

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    Thanks! That makes me very happy to hear :)