Introduction: Hidden Bookcase

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This instructable is about how to build a secret compartment behind a bookcase. I hope you enjoy it!

Step 1: Materials

The materials you will need are:

  • A space that measures approximately 50"x30"x22" to build the shelves
  • Six or Eight 10.5" x 29.75" x 1" plywood sheets for shelves (number depends on how many shelves you want in your hidden bookcase)
  • Six or Eight 7/8" x 21.5" x 1" boards (Supports for the shelves in the bookcase)
  • A sheet of plywood that has the same vertical / horizontal measurments as your bookshelf
  • A box of screws and drywall anchors so you can attach your shelves
  • white paint that matches the rest of your room

Step 2: Shelves

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When you make your shelves, you need to make notches on 1/2 of your shelves on the edges of your shelves so they can sit on the supports. These should be a little bigger than 1/2" x 7/8" on your shelves' bottom left and right sides.

Step 3: Mounting the Shelves

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To mount your shelves, you need to drill holes in your 7/8" x 21.5" x 1" and put the drywall anchors in the same spots that your holes will line up with . You need to place the support about 7/8" down from where you want the top of the shelves to be. Once your back shelf supports are securely anchored, put the shelves on them to make sure the shelves fit and mount the back ones by drilling through the shelves into the supports and screwing the shelves down.

Remove the front shelves.

Step 4: Making a Fake Wall

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to make your fake wall, all you need to do is create a panel that is the same shape as your bookshelves and cut notches where the supports are with a little extra space so the panels will slide on and off easily. once you have cut your notches, sand the edges of your fake walls to make sure that the panel will slide on and off easily to avoid scraping paint off the walls of the bookshelves. once you are satisfied with the fit of the fake wall, paint the wall the same color as the walls of the bookshelf so that the bookshelve's back wall is camofloged with the surroundings.

Step 5: Finishing the Bookshelves

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Once you are happy with the fit, configuration, coloration, ext... all you need to do is paint your front shelves and double-check that you will be able to take your shelves off easily. Once your paint has dried, hide anything you want to hide in your bookshelves' secret compartment and replace the panel. Add your front shelves and add some random items to make sure your bookshelf looks natural.

Congratulations! You now have your very own secret compartment bookshelf!

Comments

Swansong (author)2017-11-14

That would be a good place to hid the Christmas presents! :)

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