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Make A Floating Shelf With Books And Bookends To Complement Your Office Furniture

As you're decorating your first home office and decking it out with fabulous office furniture, you might wonder what you can do to make it different from everyone else's office. This can be quite the task if you don't have much money, but with a little creativity and a few supplies, you can create something that is not only unique but a conversation piece as well. If you want to dazzle your guests, consider using a hardback book as a floating shelf with these simple steps.

Step 1: Choose the Book and Gather Your Supplies

  • a large hardback book
  • one metal bookend
  • drill
  • a small drill bit
  • measuring tape
  • two drywall anchors
  • two drywall screws
  • a hammer
  • one nail
  • strong glue

Consideration: When choosing your book, be sure that it's one that matches the style of your furniture. For example, if you have an old-world desk, choose a hardback book such as Dickens or even an older dictionary. Do the same for the bookends. Choose something that complements your office furniture.

Step 2: Insert the Drywall Anchors

Choose where your floating bookshelf will be placed. Insert the drill bit into the drill and make two small holes in your wall. The second hole will be 2-3 inches directly beneath the first hole, depending on how large your bookend is. Measure the bookend to be sure your drywall holes are spaced appropriately. If not, make the necessary adjustments.

When the holes are perfectly spaced, insert the drywall anchors by gently tapping them with the hammer.

Step 3: Make a Hole In the Bookend

Measure the holes in your wall. With the hammer and nail, make corresponding indentations in one side of the bookend so you can easily screw it into the holes in the wall. Remove the nail if it got stuck, and set it and the hammer aside.

Step 4: Attach the Bookend to the Wall

Line up the bookend with the wall, making sure the vertical piece of the bookend, or the piece with the holes, is on top and that the bottom part is sticking out away from the wall. Drill the drywall screws through the bookend into the anchors. Be sure the bookend is tight and secure against the wall.

Step 5: Glue the Book to the Bookend

Open your chosen book and apply glue to the inside of the bottom flap. Apply more glue to the bottom, or 3D, part of the bookend. Attach the book to the bookend so the book is flush with the wall and it appears to float with no pages or flaps hanging down. This may take several glue applications.

Step 6: Decorate at Will

Once the glue has dried, add a few more books to cover the bookend and decorate with a candle, souvenir or other décor of your choice.

Expect this project to take only a few minutes. Use your imagination when decorating to allow for seasonal decorations or a simple one that matches your office décor no matter what time of year it is. For more advice, speak with professionals like the Alexander Brothers Ltd.