Create Built-In Shelves In RoomSketcher

Create Built-In Shelves In RoomSketcher

A new interior design customer asked us a great user question – “How do I draw built-in bookcases on either side of a fireplace in your software?”

As an interior design pro myself, I really appreciated this question and felt it deserved a feature. I love the look of built-in shelves – whether they are framing a fireplace to create a feature wall or taking advantage of unused space below a staircase. Creating clever storage solutions is where an interior designer’s skills can really shine.

Modern Built-In Shelves
Simple “slab” shelves are an affordable storage solution and create a clean modern look.

Create Contemporary Built-In Shelves
Box-type bookshelves are perfect for displaying unique collections, artifacts, and photos with your books. We created these with Ikea Expedit bookshelves.

Using an online floor plan and home design tool like the RoomSketcher App, you can easily plan and visualize your built-in bookcase.

Here’s how:

1. In the app, create a wall opening or “niche” for your shelving using walls.

2. Find the style bookcase or shelf that suits your project in the product library and drag it into the niche. Rotate it as needed to be facing out.

3. Then select the shelving unit and click on Properties to modify the dimensions to suit your installation. For best results, use our handy Best Fit feature to automatically adjust the dimensions to fit.

Additional Tips and Tricks:

  • If using Best Fit make sure to check the height of the unit as well. Make any height adjustments in Properties.
  • If the shelving unit has a crown molding that projects on the sides you may need to adjust your width dimensions to get a closer fit.
  • For detailed step-by-step instructions, check out this Help article.

  • Whether you are an interior designer, decorator or just remodeling your home – we all need great storage solutions. Built-in shelves are a perfect way to achieve them. Plan yours like a pro using RoomSketcher online interior design software.

    Try It Yourself
    The images in this article were created using the RoomSketcher App. The RoomSketcher App is an easy-to-use floor plan and home design software that you can use to create your home design online. Simply draw your floor plan, furnish and decorate it, and see your design in 3D – it’s that easy!

    Create your free account today and start creating your home design.

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    Frankie Elmquist
    Frankie Elmquist is an interior architect and home design specialist. She’s worked around the globe for some of the top design firms in the world and now she brings her expertise to you.

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