Build your own shelf

Build your own shelf

To build a shelf yourself is not a high art, but requires a little planning and craftsmanship as well as some tools.

The advantage is a shelf that is perfectly adapted to your own needs. To build your own means in this case to first make an individual plan for the local conditions and requirements.

In our case, it will be a mobile shelf because it will stand in front of a fuse box. Our shelf will be stable so we can load it with all the books and materials we lack the right place for.

In height and depth our shelf corresponds to the shelf that is available and stands next to it. So that we can move it well despite the weight, we provide our Do it yourself shelf with two large comfortable handles.

Tool list and material requirements

Tool list:

  • drilling machine
  • Scroll saw or jigsaw
  • hammer
  • screwdriver

We prepare a sketch, on the basis of which we plan and calculate the appropriate division and dimensions step by step. When calculating please do not forget the material thickness of the shelves. We build the corpus from 18 mm and the inside of 12 mm thick MDF board. We also take a white hardboard with 5 mm thickness. On this the specified dimensions are matched.


  • 2 x MDF board 18 mm, 37 x 100 cm
  • 2 x MDF board 18 mm, 37 x 190.5 cm
  • 2 x MDF board 18 mm, 20 x 35 cm
  • 5 x MDF board 12 mm, 35 x 35 cm
  • 8 x MDF board 12 mm, 35 x 96.4 cm
  • 4 x MDF board 12 mm, 35 x 10 cm
  • 2 x MDF board 12 mm, 34 x 35 cm
  • 1 x Hardboard white 5 mm, 193,1 x 100 cm
  • 50 x wooden dowels, 6 x 30 mm
  • abrasive paper
  • wood glue
  • Transport castors set of 4 (two with brake)
  • 16 x screws cone head with nuts, 8 x 25 mm
  • Universal Holzdübelset
  • round saw blades
  • 32 x shelf supports