Thursday, December 13, 2012

Projects around the apartment: Bookshelf / platform

Today was another project in the apartment. We wanted to put our books on a couple of platforms on the wall. We have this random alcove in the lounge, not sure what to do with it, so thought it would be a good idea to fill it with books.

Started out thinking about different variations on how to put the planks on the wall. Given our new found confidence from the prior projects, we went the same route, i.e. DIY (do it yourself).

Decided on 1 big plank / shelf, and 2 smaller ones. Initially thought the smaller ones would be underneath the big one. However, our wall is solid, and our drill is not so strong. So we could not drill any holes in it :(

This made us think about different arrangements. We discovered that the adjoining walls were drill-able, so we decided to have the book shelves / platform become like an L-shaped, with the corner on the wall that could be drilled. And have the long big plank supported by wires on the far end.

Sameen and Nuzhat auntie stained the wood planks, while I measured and drilled holes in the wall.

The result is below. The big shelf / platform is not fully stable. We put a screw coming out of the wall in the middle of it to give it more support. We are leaving it overnight to see if it still stays up :) We think it will. And then we will put some more brackets or hinges to support it tomorrow / over the weekend.

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