Built-in Bookshelves/Entertainment Center

  • Advertise with us
Project by Vindex posted 05-20-2020 03:02 AM 1069 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I actually built this in August of 2018, but I haven’t posted it until now. My wife and I had been wanting to transform our playroom, which was a depressing place where nobody ever spent any time. I decided it would take a built-in bookshelf/entertainment center to make the space work.

It was made entirely with materials from the big box stores: 2×4s, sanded plywood, melamine, crown molding, and poplar boards for the face frames and some of the shelf edges. I bought two stock cabinets since they actually cost less than the materials to build them myself.

the unit is attached to both the floor underlayment and the ceiling, and the vertical partitions are 2×4 stud supports sandwiched by plywood sheets on each side. I put a plywood shelf on top of the stock cabinets and then built fixed shelves at the same height into the other partitions. The other shelves are adjustable and made of melamine.

Since the playroom was remodeled, the it has gone from being the least used room in our house to probably our second most used room (after the living room). There is plenty of storage space for us, and it is much easier to keep the room clean and usable.

3 comments so far

View John's profile


2111 posts in 2601 days

#1 posted 05-20-2020 04:13 AM

You’ve really organized your playroom with a terrific set up! I’m a real fan of white, or a shade of white for things like this, tend to brighten up a room.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 4198 days

#2 posted 05-20-2020 12:45 PM

That built-in looks very nice. You have created a lot of fine storage room.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View JP4LSU's profile


109 posts in 1478 days

#3 posted 05-20-2020 02:13 PM

Very nice job.
I plan on doing something similar in our living room. We have high ceilings and hardwood floors and I haven’t determined the best way to attach. Technically it won’t be a built in but more a bookcase because it is not going to be nested into a nook or anything.
Great job and it is amazing how it transformed the room both physically and its usefulness.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics