How to Make a Bookcase From a Dresser

If you have an old dresser that has seen better days, consider changing it into another functioning piece of furniture.

Dresser Bookcase

Turning the dresser into a bookcase can give you much needed storage for not only books but knickknacks and memorabilia. If you want the dresser to integrate into the room, choose colors that closely match the current decor, or choose bright colors for a bookcase with flair. You can use just the drawers to build a bookcase or change the dresser, with the drawers removed, into a bookcase.

Step 1

Remove the drawers from the dresser. Use a screwdriver to remove the tracks from the bottom of the drawers as well as the tracks inside the dresser. Remove the drawer pulls from the dresser drawers.

Step 2

Sand the entire dresser and drawers until smooth. Set the drawers aside.

Step 3

Measure the inside of the dresser, at each level, from front to back and side to side. Write these measurements down.

Step 4

Cut a piece of pine, to the measurements you noted, to fit inside the dresser to make the shelves for the bookcase.

Step 5

Fit the pine into the openings in the dresser and secure the pine into place with a pneumatic nail gun.

Step 6

Pour primer into the paint tray and prime the entire, inside and out, dresser using a roller. Allow the primer to dry.

Step 7

Paint the dresser the color of your choice using a roller. Allow the paint to dry.

Drawer Bookcase

Step 1

Fill the holes from the hardware on the drawer fronts with wood putty. Allow the putty to dry and sand smooth.

Step 2

Paint the drawers with a coat of primer allow the primer to dry.

Step 3

Paint the drawers in the color of your choice and allow them to dry.

Step 4

Measure the inside bottom of the drawers and cut pieces of wallpaper to fit each measurement. Use a straight edge to ensure the paper is straight and even.

Step 5

Spray the inside bottom of the drawers with spray adhesive and smooth the wallpaper into place.

Step 6

Stack the drawers beside and on top of each other in whatever configuration is appealing to you. Nail the drawers together with a pneumatic nail gun. Fill any nail holes with putty and touch up with paint.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Tape measure
  • Pine
  • Pencil
  • Table saw
  • Pneumatic nail gun
  • Paint tray
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Roller
  • Wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • Wallpaper
  • Straight edge
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive

Tip

  • Put mounting hardware on the back side of the bottoms of each drawer and hang them for individual floating bookshelves or shadow boxes.

Warning

  • Mount L-brackets to stacked-drawer bookcases and secure them to the wall to ensure the bookcase doesn't fall over.

About the Author

Based in Lakeland, FL., Heather Montgomery has been writing a popular celebrity parenting blog and several parenting and relationship articles since 2011. Her work also appears on eHow and Everyday Family and she focuses her writing on topics about parenting, crafts, education and family relationships. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early education from Fort Hays State University.