Built-In Bookcase: More Trim


Since this bookcase is inexpensively built from MDF, the hardwood trim is key to making it look more expensive and well-put-together.


The trim hides the gaps between the cases, and along the wall, ceiling and base.


I used mullion between the cases (and even made some of my own) .



The key is to use solid wood (plain or with a decorative edge) to cover the edges of the MDF, and frame the bookcases against the wall and ceiling.

I used a 1x2 (3/4”x1-1/2”) along the left wall, and a piece of stock ripped to 3/4”x3/4” along the right wall where there was a tighter fit. 

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I used quarter round between the wall and the door surround.  On one side the gap was too deep for quarter round so I used shoe molding which is like a quarter round molding that’s been elongated .

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I used boards ripped to 4-1/2” wide to cover the bookcase bases.  My baseboards were then nailed to these boards.

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Finally, I nailed two long 1x2 boards along the top of the bookcase.  My crown molding will be nailed to this to complete the look!

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All the trim is done, the cases have been primed 2 times.  The only things I have left to do is build the shelves, install the crown molding and build and install the cabinet doors to the bottom half.


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2 Responses
  1. Once again I am awed. Your house will have so much storage you could rent out space!

  2. Wow! What a wonderful images. i just loved that house. Keep it coming. :) Nice blog theme.

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