A Quick and Easy Fix For Unaligned Bookshelves (and Furniture)

January 24, 2013

I hope you’re having a wonderful week!  The BIG Room Makeover Giveaway has been huge. I hope you’ve had the chance to enter.  Can you imagine winning over $1500 in prizes to redecorate an enter room? – how exciting!

So this post is not a specific DIY-follow-along-with-every-step kinda post, but instead it’s more of I-hope-I-can-inspire-you-to-think-outside-the-box type.  Basically, you’re not going to have the same shelving or the same scenario as I, but hopefully with my show-and-tell you’ll be “pushed” (in a nice way of course) to fix something that’s been buggin’ you or somehow have an ah-ha moment.

Confused? nevermind – I’m in a silly mood, so let’s just begin.

Have an unaligned bookcase or piece of furniture?  There's a quick and easy fix!

So the famous (well in my nutty mind since they’ve been pinned over 135,000 times) painted laminate bookcases got moved once twenty-thirteen hit.  They’re in the same room (which I will be sharing soon), but instead of being separate as they once were, now they are together side-by-side.  And boy, do I love the look!

In my mind, I envisioned a built-in look once the bookcases were next to each other.  BUT, with any house and any piece of furniture, 99.9999% of the time there is some unevenness (ie: worn wood flooring, warped furniture, etc).  The result for me when the bookcases came together was that the bottom mouldings aligned perfectly (well almost), but the tops were really off.

See what I mean…

Have an unaligned bookcase or piece of furniture?  There's a quick and easy fix!

Here’s the fix.

Using my handy-dandy drill (love this tool)…

Have an unaligned bookcase or piece of furniture?  There's a quick and easy fix!

… and (1) flat head 2″ long screw with nut,

Have an unaligned bookcase or piece of furniture?  There's a quick and easy fix!

I drilled through the side of the ONE BOOKSHELF (not both).

Have an unaligned bookcase or piece of furniture?  There's a quick and easy fix!I positioned the hole about 1″ away from the decorative front so you can’t see it.

Once I drilled through the side of the first bookcase, then I pulled the other one in position so the top moulding was perfectly aligned next to it.

Have an unaligned bookcase or piece of furniture?  There's a quick and easy fix!

THEN I drilled through the second bookcase side.  Once that was complete, which only took seconds to do, I put the screw through one side and tightened the nut on the other side.

Super Simple!

Literally, this took me from start to finish, 5 minutes max.

Have an unaligned bookcase or piece of furniture?  There's a quick and easy fix!

Once it was done, I had a few changes to make.

I have to be honest with you though, since I styled my bookshelves last year, not much has changed.  They still make me smile.  The change I made was I added two pictures to the face frame where the two bookshelves meet.

I added a nail and hung them up…

Have an unaligned bookcase or piece of furniture?  There's a quick and easy fix!

I’m so happy that the look of a library, with two cheap-o bookcases, has been created.  And this quick and easy fix of aligning the mouldings has helped tremendously.

Have an unaligned bookcase or piece of furniture?  There's a quick and easy fix!

Have an unaligned bookcase or piece of furniture?  There's a quick and easy fix!

When asked what kinds of projects you wanted to see in 2013 – You asked for easy DIYs, so I’m delivering!

 I hope I’ve inspired you to fix or update something that’s been bugging you!
What quick fixes do you hope to tackle in 2013?


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Comments

  1. Michele in IL. says:

    Great tutorial. Thanks.

  2. What a brilliant idea! I just got two “cheapy” bookcases too for our dining room and this is the exact same scenario I have. I was thinking I needed to find a way to fix it, but just never really thought about this. What a simple fix! Thanks so much for sharing this. Now, I’m off to align my bookcases.
    Ellora Drinnen (@CreatvlySouthrn) recently posted..Build Your Own Bookshelves

  3. Kay Shive says:

    Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! And yet, so simple. Thank you for doing my thinking for me. The next time I face a similar predicament , I’ll know how to solve the problem.

    • So happy to have inspired you Kay!

      • Thanks Sara! Creating something for this challenge was a little difficult, but it pushed me to think outside the box and I’m happy with the outcome. I’ll have to come over and see what you created! xo Jenna

  4. Great idea Jenna! Don’t you love those light bulb moments when it just hits you? =)

    ~ Catie
    Catie @ Catie’s Corner recently posted..Organized Lunch Containers Drawer

  5. Hi, I know this is an older post but I am planning on doing the same thing….just two questions…first the post says flat head screw but the pic shows round head? Which one? Second, and this clearly shows how new to this I am, how do you pick the right size drill bit? Thank so much, Jessica

    • It doesn’t matter if it’s a flat or round headed screw. The important part is to have the nut to secure the screw on the other side. As fort the drill size, you want the hole to be slightly larger than the diameter of the screw, so the screw can thread through the hole. Good Luck! Jenna

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