How to Attach Bookcases to Walls

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Tall or top-heavy bookcases can topple over if they are not secured or anchored to a wall. This can happen from the weight they hold, from being on an uneven floor or from being pulled on. Children especially can be seriously injured trying to tug on or climb a bookcase. You can attach your bookcase to a wall to prevent this from happening.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pine board as wide and tall as bookcase
  • Tape measure
  • Straight edge
  • Marking pencil
  • Stud finder
  • Skill saw
  • Cordless drill
  • 1/16-inch drill bit
  • 1-inch wood screws
  • 2-inch wood screws
  • Eye protection
  • Face mask

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  1. 1

    Move the bookcase away from the wall so you can access its backside and the wall behind it.

  2. 2

    Use the tape measure to find the width and the height of the bookcase. Measure on the back side of the unit, from edge to edge.

  3. 3

    Locate the studs in the wall behind the bookcase with the stud finder. Use a marking pencil to mark the location of each stud behind the entire bookcase.

  4. 4

    Use a tape measure, marking pencil and straight edge to measure and mark a piece of half-inch-thick pine wood. This thickness ensures that the bookcase will have a backing strong enough to support its weight.

  5. 5

    Put on eye protection and cut the wood to size using a skill saw. Cut the wood in your workshop or outside so dust particles are not released into your home, and wear a face mask to avoid breathing in particles. Take your time carefully cutting on the cut lines.

  6. 6

    Use a cordless drill and a 1/16-inch drill bit to drill holes through the half-inch-thick piece of wood one-half-inch in from the edges, every four inches. Do so around the entire perimeter of the wood to create a backing for the bookcase.

  7. 7

    Hold the wood that has been cut to size up to the back of the bookcase, aligning the edges so that they are even. Use a cordless drill to insert one-inch wood screws through the holes you drill around the wood into the back of the bookcase.

  8. 8

    Push the bookcase into place against the wall, keeping in mind where the studs are. Use a cordless drill and two-inch wood screws to secure the bookcase to the wall. Insert the screws every two feet vertically, along each stud behind the unit's width by driving the screws through the backing into the stud.

Tips and warnings

  • Use care and caution when using a skill saw or cordless drill.

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