Corner bookshelf suggestions


Hi,
I am planning to build a L-shaped floor-to-ceiling bookshelf at a corner of a room. The two units will be 4' and 6' in length. I will be putting a vertical support every 2' to add strength.
However, I cannot think of any way to make the two units meet at the corner. I don't want to make one unit go all the way to the wall and then build the second unit from the first shelf. This will leave "dead" space in the first shelf. Does anyone have any suggestions (or even better, a plan) on how to achieve this in a way that looks aesthetically pleasing?
Thanks.
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Make it in three sections, the middle one being a corner unit.
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Align the two bookshelfs so the front corners touch (i.e. the actual corner will be unused). You can install blocking in the corner to tie the two units together, then trim them out as a single piece of furniture. While this wastes the corner space, you couldn't really access books in the corner anyway.
You could build a special corner shelf, but you'll still end up with wasted space, probably more than just butting the two shelf corners together.
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HerHusband wrote:

But the corner unit can be really nice for display purposes, etc...
How deep are the bookcase units going to be?
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What if I put the corner support at a 45-degree angle, add cleats on both sides and miter the shelves at 45-degrees? Would this work? I guess the corner will still be unusable for books.
I'll probably end up doing what you suggested.
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Mandy wrote:

That should work...how deep are the shelves going to be?
The fill-in corner shelf, particularly if you were to put an angled back on it so it didn't extend all the way back into the very corner but was roughly the same depth as the shelves would make a nice display area, perhaps...
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I like the idea of the angled corner ... I'll have to do some measurements to make sure that it will look OK.
These will be regular 10" shelves.
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Mandy wrote:

You can probably make the corner unit 12" deep or so then and get a nice area but still not have a "cave" clear back into a deep corner. Even a cardboard prototype can help visualize the volumes...
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wrote:

One thought comes to mind. Since you'll have a bit of dead space behind this corner shelf you might consider putting some lighting back there and use a transluscent rear panel for that section. I don't know how this would look with everything else but the picture I have in my head looks kinda neat. Especially if you decide to use that section for decorative stuff rather than books (the books would probably block most of the light).
good luck ml
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Why?? It is just a lot more work. Make everything square. Including the corner unit. It makes everything a lot simpler.
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Lee Michaels wrote:

Because it will look a lot better, maybe???
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