Introduction: Invisible 'floating' Bookshelf

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After seeing some of the cool invisible bookshelves that people had put on here, I finally got round to doing my own. Here are the results!

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First of all, in a room where space is already at a premium, the logical step is to build up rather than out and make use of space that is otherwise wasted.

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First, I measure the initial pile of books to work out the dimensions and strength of the 2 brackets required. I worked out that the brackets needed to stick out by 6 inches and be around 8 inches tall. I chose a 1 meter length of 5mm thick drawn steel as my brackets as they had excellent strength and wouldn't bent under the weight of the books.

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I then had to bend the steel to 90 degree angles at each end for the brackets. I did this by wedging the steel in an unmovable item and bending it. Requires some strength!

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I then had to drill the holes to mount the brackets to the wall. I did all this before cutting the brackets as drilling a large piece of steel is easier than fiddly small parts. 
I then cut the brackets and mounted them to the wall. 

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Now comes the tricky part. How to mount the first book without damaging the cover. Well I did have to cut 2 small slits in the cover as shown. The brackets then slide through the slits and under the hard cover of the book.

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Once your largest book is in place, stack the rest up!


Book Girl (author)2015-05-17

cool! all the other versions I have seen ruin the bottom book

randomray (author)2013-08-27

Very eye catching , yet simple design . Kudos my man .

Casavantwilliams (author)2013-05-23

This method is much easier and takes less time.

Many thanks :D

Drakekay (author)2012-06-09

so whats that interesting looking device in the upper left corner of picture SL370396?

fuzzbuzz_600 (author)2012-06-05

nicely done!

jessyratfink (author)2012-03-12

I really like the way you did this - cutting a slit in the dust jacket is so much nicer than having to destroy a book. :D

tobychan (author)jessyratfink2012-03-16

Many thanks! I saw somebody else had done an instructable on another method of not ruining the book. Not sure who it was now.
I see you've done heaps of instructables! Good work!

tobychan (author)tobychan2012-03-16

Oh, CaitlynLAG did the 'not ruining the cover method'.

eligah76 (author)2012-03-16

Very trick

Loopstyle (author)2012-03-13

Loved your work! I have a webpage that gives a lot of inspiration in how you can transform "garbage" into new things! You are more then welcome to visit us and also post a Loop at!

Thank you!

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