How to make easy bookshelves with planks concrete block & glass

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How to make easy bookshelves with planks concrete block & glass
Cement breeze blocks are sturdy enough for buildings and will create a very strong bookcase. (Structure from blocks image by amlet from

Bookshelves are an important part of a home's organisation. Bookshelves hold books, nick-knacks and even electronics like radios or small televisions. Most bookcases are quite expensive, especially if they are sturdy and well-made. You can create a sturdy and stylish bookshelf using breeze blocks, and glass for very little money. You will need to know how to assemble these materials to create a useful bookshelf.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Level
  • 2 breeze block for each desired level
  • 2 2-by-4 wood planks (same length)
  • Glass sheets (same size as planks) at least 1/2 inch thick

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  1. 1

    Use your level to find a suitable (level and even) surface for your bookshelf. Hold the level across the floor in areas around the room until you find a level space. Homes settle, and can create unlevel floors.

    How to make easy bookshelves with planks concrete block & glass
    Once all of the bubbles are in the target area, the ground is level. (carpenters level image by Richard Seeney from
  2. 2

    Lay a wooden plank across the area and place a breeze block at each end. Stand the blocks up longways, if you want a tall shelf on that level, or lay it sideways for a shorter opening.

  3. 3

    Lay a sheet of glass across the tops of the breeze blocks. This will create the next shelf.

  4. 4

    Lay breeze blocks at each end of the glass sheet to prepare for the next level.

  5. 5

    Place a plank on the breeze blocks to keep pressure from the upper layers off of the glass level.

  6. 6

    Continue adding layers until you are satisfied with the height of the bookshelf. Alternate between glass and planks to keep the weight of the upper layers off of the glass sheets.

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