Get Organized with This Easy to Build Bookcase/Media Stand

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase or Media Stand

Looking for an easy to build piece to help with organization? The DIY furniture plans to build a Zen Bookcase or Media Stand is constructed using off-the-shelf boards. The bookcase (or media stand!) sits on a 1×2 frame to elevate it off the floor a little, and features recessed shelves. This fantastic piece can be completed from start to finish in a weekend!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand-Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/2″ screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Nail-on Teflon furniture feet (felt bottomed feet can also be used)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 2 – 1×10 at 4′
  • 3 – 1×12 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×2 at 6-3/4″ – Base
  • 2 – 1×2 at 44″ – Base
  • 1 – 1×12 at 48″ – Bottom
  • 4 – 1×12 at 28-1/2″ – Dividers
  • 1 – 1×12 at 48″ – Top
  • 4 – 1×10 at 12″ – Outer Shelves
  • 2 – 1×10 at 21″ – Center Shelves
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 29-1/4″ x 47-1/4″ – Back

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the bottom and the base. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter 1×2 base pieces. Assemble the base using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the base to the bottom piece using glue and 1-1/2″ screws. The pocket holes in the base frame will face the bottom piece.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand-Base & Bottom

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the dividers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the dividers to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand-Dividers

Step Three

Cut the piece for the top. Secure the top to the top of the dividers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand-Top

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the outer shelves and drill pocket holes in the side edges. Secure the outer shelves to the dividers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back edge of the shelves will be flush with the back edge of the dividers.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand-Outer Shelves

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the center shelves and drill pocket holes in the side edges. Secure the center shelves to the dividers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back edge of the shelves will be flush with the back edge of the dividers.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand-Center Shelves

Step Six

Cut the piece for the back. Center the back piece on the bookcase and secure in place with glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Zen Bookcase Media Stand-Back

This piece can also be constructed out of a sheet of 3/4″ plywood with edge banding covering the exposed edges. Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Zen Bookcase or Media Stand? Leave a comment below!