Bedroom shelves and desk

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Project by warrenkicker posted 08-18-2010 04:43 AM 1804 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a summer project my wife came up with for me to do. This is our daughter’s room and it needed a lot more storage area. We decided to make some shelves and a desk that were similar to the rest of her furniture. The walls were painted by a previous owner in a way our daughter really likes. Thus the shelves are backless so that we don’t cover up all of that. I made it from solid birch and birch plywood using mostly biscuits and some pocket screws. It has a white stain that was rubbed off and then poly brushed over it. First I built the two side shelves and the window seat area. Then I built the shelf for above the window and after those were all installed the desk was built to fit the area left. The bases have an arch in them similar to the other furniture so making a curve was a first for me.

Everybody likes it and it gives her a lot more area to store things and hopefully keep them off the floor.

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 04:47 AM

Hey, I’ve been thinking of doing something similar and I have a question for you- Did you beef up the construction in the window seat area to better support someones weight or is it the same basic construction that you used for the two tall bookshelves?

I can’t really tell from your pictures because of the bed :) My big concern is that I’ll build it and the first time someone plants their butt on it it will break!

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#2 posted 08-18-2010 10:40 AM

Great project, Looks awesome and what a cool room for your little girl?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 08-18-2010 04:54 PM

I didn’t do anything extra special to the seat section. It is about 51” wide and has supports on both ends and in the middle that extend from the top surface directly to the floor (slightly visible in the third picture). Then there is a face frame that is 1.5” wide attached all around the edges of the top and down each support. The plywood is all 3/4” 7-layer ply so nothing flexes that much.

How much weight a seat will hold is based on how deep the seat is. This one is only about 12” from the wall to the edge so many adults really can’t get confortable in there. My daughter will probably not get over 120 lbs while she is using it so I think this will be fine. If you have a question about strength you could also put horizontal supports between the vertical supports as often as you see fit.

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#4 posted 08-20-2010 04:54 AM

That’s one first class, awesome looking bedroom. I like that you left the shelves open to show the wall.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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