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DIY: How to Make a Floating Bookshelf

DIY: How to Make a Floating Bookshelf

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Written by: Allison Swan

Floating bookshelves can make any room feel imaginative! While it looks like the books are glued to the wall, you can easily take one out at any time. The way the shelves work is by using a bottom hardcover book to conceal the shelves. When you’re done, it’ll look like the stacked books are floating magically in midair. Here's what you'll need to make your own:

2 L-brackets

4 screws with dry wall anchors






1. Mark the placement for the screws on the wall using a level and one of the L-brackets. Measure 5 inches away and make a second set of marks for the other L-bracket.

2. Create the initial pilot holes with a drill for the wall anchors. Then, carefully hammer in the anchor into the wall.

3. Secure L-brackets into the wall with the corresponding screws.

4. Using craft paper, create a jacket for the bottom book. Measure 5 inches apart on the back layer of the cover and cut slots large enough for L-brackets.

5. Carefully insert your book jacket into the L-brackets. Place a book on top of the brackets and wrap with the book jacket.

6. Place enough books to cover the brackets on top of the wrapped book, but you'll want to avoid placing books more than an inch above the brackets so it doesn't break.

Get creative and float invisible bookshelves all around your home! Have multiple shelving levels so it looks like the books pile up to the ceiling from midair, take up an entire wall, or use a small set of books as a floating nightstand.   

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