Create your own Bookcase with Bricks

In this article, learn how to fabricate an economical and hardy bookcase with bricks.
Create your own Bookcase with Bricks

Last update: 25 October, 2018

Are you thinking of buying a bookcase and can’t find any you like, or that will fit in with your space requirements? If that’s the case, here is the solution for you. To create your very own bookcase with bricks, you don’t have to be a handyman or know everything about construction. It’s a very simple structure and you can make it yourself.

If you want to learn how to make a bookcase, here are the steps you need to follow.

The greatest advantages of this bookcase with bricks are that it’s easy to make, with few materials needed, and is also very economical. As if that were not enough, the end result is a  made to measure bookshelf that is very strong, so you can store all your books without any problems.

Step 1: make a simple sketch

Before starting to construct your bookcase, you should make a small sketch that includes its dimensions. To do this, you should start by measuring the space where you want to install your bookcase.

Once you’ve drawn your sketch, calculate the quantity of bricks and boards that you’ll need to construct the bookcase. It’s recommended that you buy a little more than what you’ll actually need. In this way, you’re prepared for the unexpected.

Step 2: buy bricks and boards

Now you know the quantity of materials that you will use, it’s time to buy them. You can find these materials in any DIY shop. There you’ll find bricks and boards in different sizes and with different finishes.

Once you have the materials home, we recommend that you apply the necessary treatments to guarantee your bookcase will last. This is especially important in the case of timber. If you have bought natural timber, it would be best to apply at least one coat of varnish.

Another option is to paint the timber boards as well as the bricks in a color you like. The result will be a little less industrial, but it may combine better with your taste or the existing decor in your home.

Step 3: put up the structure

You now have all the materials ready, so the moment has arrived to put up the structure that you have planned in your sketch. Place the bricks right against the wall so there aren’t any gaps. You should alternate the bricks with the timber boards to create the shelves.

A bookcase with bricks can be a unique addition to your home


As you progress, create the structure by alternating the bricks and timber boards. Here are some  bookcase  designs  with bricks. They could be very useful to help you find inspiration. You’ll also see how resistant and durable these structures can be.

Step 4: fix the structure in place

Whenever you work on DIY projects, you should always think about safety. In this case, you will be working with heavy items that can be dangerous if they fall or move.

Bearing this in mind, that’s why in some cases it would be best to join the structure together with cement. Here in this video you can see how easy it can be to mix a small amount and use it between the bricks. In this way, the structure will be much stronger.

We recommend that you definitely fix the structure in the following situations:

  • If you have children, safety is paramount, since you want to be able to protect them from mishaps. That’s why you should probably fix your bookcase with bricks using cement. It’s the only way to guarantee that it won’t move and to make sure that there won’t be any danger for your children if they reach up to grab a book.
  • If you’ve constructed a large bookcase you should definitely consider joining together the whole structure with cement. If it’s very tall it could be a little dangerous. Although your bookcase shouldn’t move, it’s always better to prevent accidents and to fix it in place correctly.

Step 5: breathe life into your bookcase with bricks

Last step. You now just need to give a bit of life to your bookcase. Fill its shelves with your favorite books and with decorative objects. You can use small pot plants, photos or other items. You can now enjoy your bookcase with the satisfaction of knowing that you made it yourself.

You can decorate a bookcase with bricks with pot plants


Making a bookshelf with bricks yourself is very satisfying. The result is an economical, hardy and aesthetic piece of furniture. As you’ve seen, it’s very simple to create and you don’t need to know everything about construction to build it. It’s enough to make a simple sketch, buy the appropriate materials and fix it in place correctly.