I needed some storage areas for my craft room but I didn’t want to spend much money so I bought some cheap bookshelves from an office supply store. You know those shelves don’t you? I’m talking about the ones that you can get on sale for about $30 each. They come in a long box with about 1 million pieces for assembly and you spend hours trying to figure out how the G2 piece fits into the A7 board before realizing the company didn’t put any A7 boards in the box. LOL! ANYWAY, after getting rid of some of the very same bookshelves in a garage sale a few years ago I found myself needing them again. Good grief. I knew they would work for my needs but I had real concerns about their stability since they always include a cardboard backing which bows after time and becomes fairly unstable under much weight.
Replace Cardboard with Beadboard
Have Beadboard Cut to Size
Instead of keeping the flimsy backing that normally comes with the cheap bookshelves, I went to a hardware store and asked them to cut some beadboard that would fit my shelves. If you decide to do this, consider buying a big sheet of beadboard and having them cut it to size. My store sold smaller beadboard that was easier for me to carry but it cost more than the big sheet. Don’t be afraid to ask the hardware store peeps for what you want…even if you’re not quite sure what you want. There’s usually someone there that can answer your questions.
Beadboard is Pretty and Functional
I chose beadboard because I think it’s pretty. It was also a good backing because it’s stable and thin enough that I could hammer through it. The funny thing is that I meant to have all the wood cut so that I could run the lines of the beadboard vertically but I wasn’t paying attention and I ended up with one long enough to go vertical and the others all horizontal. Darn. That’s why my short bookshelves all look like they have a striped backing. Hey, it is what is is…striped. LOL!
To add beadboard to two short and one tall bookshelf it cost me approximately $25. Although adding beadboard raises the overall costs of the bookshelves, it does make them more stable. I’ve been using them for eight months now and have had no problems at all. YAY!