Round the Corner Bookshelf

How to build a corner bookshelf! Free step by step plans!


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!

Author Notes: 

Guessy what we are doing today???

We are window shopping! 
And entry and patio door shopping too!
Yup, we are going to start working on the Momplex in the next couple of weeks, and it's time to start ordering doors and windows!  Exciting stuff.
With today being a busy one, thought I would take on a reader request - this corner bookshelf. Read on ... it's actually a straight bookshelf plan too!
Shopping List: 

2 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long (expected to measure 11 1/4" wide)
3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
4 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1/2 sheet 1/4" plywood

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Dimensions are shown above.
Cut List: 

3 - 1x12 @ 26 1/2" (Side panels)
6 - 1x2 @ 11 1/4" (Side panel trim - cut to fit)
6 - 2x2 @ 29" (Legs)
4 - 2x2 @ 29 1/4" (Top Supports and bottom shelf trim)
2 - 1x12 @ 29 1/4" (Shelves)
2 - 1x2 @ 29 1/4" (Middle Shelf Trim)
2 - 1x2 @ 32 3/4" (Top Trim)*
1 - 1x12 @ 32 3/4" (Top)*
1 - 1/4" plywood 31 3/4" x 27"

4 - 2x2 @ 16 1/2" (Top Supports and Bottom shelf trim)
2 - 1x12 @ 16 1/2" (Shelves)
2 - 1x2 @ 16 1/2" (Middle Shelf Trim)
2 - 1x2 @ 18 1/2" (Top Trim)
1 - 1x12 @ 18 1/2" (Top)
1 - 1/4" plywood 19" x 27"

*For making a straight bookcase, increase these cuts to 1/2" to get even overhangs on both sides. This is the only modification you will need to make to make straight bookshelves from this plan

Step 1: 

You can also nail from insides. Keep all outside edges flush.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Now add the legs, all outside edges are flush.

Step 3 Instructions: 

And the top supports ...

Step 4 Instructions: 

Build the shelf first, then mark and attach as directed in the diagram.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Followed by the bottom shelf.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Now build the top. Attach through those predrilled 3/4" pocket holes you made in step 1 with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue. You can also nail or screw from top.

This is a complete bookshelf, and can be used to add more storage beyond the corner. However, on the inside corner, there is no overhang. The top should be cut 1/2" longer for an overhang if you are using this plan for the straight bookshelf.

Step 7 Instructions: 

Now we will add the top supports.

Step 8 Instructions: 

Followed by the shelf ...

Step 9 Instructions: 

And you know what to do here :)

Step 10 Instructions: 

And then the top.

Step 11: 

Finally add the backs.

Step 12: 

And here's the keep going diagram!

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Your a mindreader Ana! This exact thing is what I was planning to put as a built-in in my bedroom. I want to replace a big deep chest of drawers with this 2 sided built-in for all my clothes. I want to make it about 5 ft tall, a little wider, a bit longer, 5 or 6 shelves and include doors (havn't figured out if they should be hinged at the edge or in the middle, or both ((depending on the width I end up with)). Will take up less floor space plus give me LOTS more room. I had this idea, just had not finalized it on Sketchup. You beat me to it! THANKS!!

I wish you would make a plan similar to this but widen the shelves so that a flat screen could fit on top in the center of the corner. A corner TV unit would be nice.

I ended up about 5' short on the 2x12s (the 2 long shelves). Had to cut around a couple knots and a split in the wood but I don't have that much scrap left. May want to buy an extra 6 or 8' piece of 2x12. Quick math on the cut sheet adds up to around 18.5'

Otherwise, it's coming together splendidly! Pics next weekend after a lumber run and some paint.

I guess I must be dumb. How do you attach each shelf? The directions state "Build the shelf first, then mark and attach as directed in the diagram." However, there are no directions on how to attach the shelf to the side. I would appreciate some help as I have been looking for plans like this for two years.