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
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
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.
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.
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,
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).
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