# How do I build a bookshelf for a wall that is behind a door.

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It is not a very deep space because the closet door is louvred and I need room for it to open. The room is my granddaughters and I need the shelf for her books.

• Ken on Dec 20, 2017
The question would be how deep is not very? Measure the depth of the wall from where the closet door opening ends back to the adjoining wall. Measure typical books that you want to store. Are they less than the space you have? How much width do you have available for the shelf?

Assuming satisfactory space for the shelf, do you have a circular saw, level, square, hammer, tape measure, etc?

Take a look at these plans:

If you need something simpler, ask back and we can guide you into building something basic that will hold books. It would help if we know dimensions and whether you have tools.

• Johnavallance82 on Dec 20, 2017
Put up a number of shelves on brackets

• Sal3170064 on Dec 21, 2017
You could do decorative shelving using books on their sides.
Get some of those old leather bound books and stick them together in three's. Then fix them on with a couple of brackets. Then stagger them up the wall and then add your books on top.

• William on Dec 21, 2017
How about some ledges other Hometalkers made and hung. Perfect for limited space behind a door. And the books would be easy to see.

https://www.hometalk.com/search/posts?filter=ledge%20

• Judy on Dec 22, 2017
Sue, first of all, measure the depth of the room behind the door. This will give you the depth measurement. Then, choose how long you want this, or do you want it the length of the door? If so, measure the door, and then, look for some wood, and supplies, like screws, that you will need to hold up the shelves. This will give you a good start, to make the shelves, then you can go to Lowe's or a hardware store, and with these supplies, and the list, the clerk can help you choose how many shelves you want., or you can use bricks on the end of the area, under the shelf, and then you can always adjust this, if you want to change the pattern of the bookcase. Best wishes, J.