Saturday, September 4, 2010

Floating Billy Bookcase

Karine Schenkeveld and Erik Roscam Abbing from Rotterdam, The Netherlands turns a $59.99 bookcase into a fancy designer object. They tell me, "All we did was cut off the bottom part of the vertical elements underneath the bottom shelf, mount nine steel L brackets per bookcase to the wall (three per fixed Billy shelf) and mount the Billies on to them.

Pretty simple, but everyone thinks we had them handmade for us. Some people are worried that they'll come off the wall. But come on, there are 18 (!) 8cm (approx 3") screws per bookcase, and the load is almost completely vertical: no problem."

Damn someone beat me to it.  Same concept using a couple of L brackets to support the shelf.  Most important thing is to screw them into the studs.  If you don't can't drill it into the studs than use adequate drywall anchors.  Like the heavy duty stuff.  You'll have to cut off the toe kick area to do this.  Which is a good thing since it looked so ugly and the hole wasn't big enough to support my baseboard moulding anyways.

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