How to Build a Bookcase on Wheels

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Turn any ordinary wood bookcase into one you can move around with ease. A bookcase on wheels gives you a place for storage, but also allows for movement to a needed location or just rolled out of the way. Adding wheels to the bottom of a bookcase is a simple process that takes an hour or less to complete.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wood bookcase
  • Casters/wheels
  • Drill with screw bit
  • Screws

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  1. 1

    Decide whether to simply add wheels to an existing bookcase or to build a new bookcase. Home improvement and discount stores stock pre-made bookcases.

  2. 2

    Select appropriate casters for the weight of the bookcase and the items you plan to store on it. The caster packaging contains information to guide you. A bookcase filled with textbooks will be heavier than a bookcase with small collectibles.

  3. 3

    Flip the selected bookcase upside down so that the bottom is facing up. Place the bookcase on a flat and stable surface.

  4. 4

    Hold the first caster in place on a bottom corner of the bookcase and drill pilot holes. This prevents the wood from splitting when you screw in the casters. Repeat with the other three corners.

  5. 5

    Align the caster with the pilot holes and screw into place.

  6. 6

    Turn the bookcase to the upright position and roll it around to check that it's stable with the newly added casters.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the height of the bookcase to around 3 ft. and use it as a serving table or buffet during parties. Roll it into position, place the front against a wall or put a table cloth over the entire piece.
  • Very tall bookcases may tip easily if you add wheels to the bottom.

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