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 un-used space below a staircase. Creating clever storage solutions is where an interior designer’s skills can really shine. There are lots of ways to achieve built-in storage solutions in RoomSketcher. Here’s how:

1. Create a wall opening or “niche” for your shelving using walls.

RoomSketcher Planner

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.

RoomSketcher Planner Properties Tool

4. OR you can right click on the shelving unit and use the handy Best Fit tool to adjust the unit dimensions to fit.

RoomSketcher Planner Best Fit Tool

Additional Tips and Tricks:

  • If using the Best Fit tool make sure to check the height of the unit as well. Use the Properties tool to make any height adjustments.

  • If the shelving unit has a crown moulding that projects on the sides you may need to adjust your width dimensions further using the Properties tool to get a close fit.

Here are some great examples of how you can create stylish built-ins bookshelves in RoomSketcher by customizing existing ones from the Product Library:

 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.

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