Alcove Shelving


Hi
First time newbie poster here! I'm aiming to insert shelving into a recess (pictured):
http://i14.tinypic.com/49lk0na.jpg
I'm looking at around 7-8 pine shelves with uprights to form separators. I'd also like it to have some kind of plinth at the bottom with the bottom shelf raised to about the height of the skirting or above with the wood cut to fit skirting.
Can anyone offer any advice/links which would help me get this right? The recess (of course) isn't totally straight, seems to narrow slightly towards the top. This makes me think it would be best to fit the shelves directly to the wall rather than build in side panels?
Shelves need to be around 350mm deep and 1400mm wide.
Help!!
xiv
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"louisxiv" wrote:

Either way the shelves will not all be of equal length unless you have sides and make them parallel, but that may accentuate the walls being out of true. Side panels will also need to accommodate the skirting boards at the sides of the alcove. I think that shelves fitted directly to the wall, making sure they are dead horizontal, will look better than shelves with side panels and presumably an open back, unless the shelves are going support a lot of weight (heavy books) and would benefit from being supported at the ends.
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square/rectangular unti would show up the wonky walls. I'm not sure how you'd recommend attaching the shelves other than by putting in back and side supports and would worry about the weight issue if they're not supported. Isn't there a way of achieving this without it looking too unsightly? Cheers xiv
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"louisxiv" wrote:

There are aluminium uprights and brackets such as <http://www.screwfix.com/app/sfd/cat/cat.jsp?cId 33040&ts'540> which are fine if they suit the room and your style, and various other shelving systems in the diy sheds. The advantage of these systems is that they are adjustable. Or, you can do what I did which was screw 45mm skirting in the sides of the alcove (to support the ends of the shelves) and along the back of the alcove (to support the long back edge of the shelf). Then emulsion the battens the same colour as the walls. It doesn't have to be skirting, it can be any profile that suits. Obviously the front edge of the shelf might dip if the weight is too much (unless you fix a front edge at a right angle to prevent flexing) and you can't adjust the height of the shelves so it is important to decide the layout first.
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"louisxiv" wrote:

http://www.thediyworld.co.uk/fitting_shelves.html (diagrams on page 2).
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