Banker's Bookcase

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 09/06/2019 - 13:45
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These bookcases are cute and extremely functional. I love the bottom bins. Even as young as three years old, your child could fill these bins with toys when instructed. Give your child a chance to be organized with the Banker's Bookcases.

kids bookshelves different depths
33″ wide x 60″ tall x 15″ deep


Shopping List
  • 1 sheet 3/4″ MDF or plywood
  • 1 sheet 1/4″ plywood or paneling
  • 2 – 1×2 boards
  • 2″ screws
  • 1 1/4″ screws
  • 1 1/4″ nails

This bookcase is designed to be finished with paint and not to be stained as the front edges of the plywood will be difficult to stain or finish.  It's tough to iron on edge banding on a curve.

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
Cut List

A) 2 – 3/4″ MDF @ 60″ x 15″ (Sides, in step 2 you will cut to the proper shape)

B) 2 – 1×2 @ 13″ (Round edges as shown in diagram in step 3)

C) 2 – 1×2 @ 11″ (Round edges as shown in diagram in step 3)

D) 2 – 1×2 @ 9″ (Round edges as shown in diagram in step 3)

E) 2 – 1×2 @ 7″ (Round edges as shown in diagram in step 3)

F) 1 – 3/4″ MDF @ 31 1/2″ x 14 1/4″ (Bottom of Storage Bin)

G) 1 – 3/4″ MDF @ 31 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ (Front of Storage Bin)

H) 1 – 1×2 @ 31 1/2″ (Top Support)

I) 1 – 1/4″ Plywood or Paneling @ 33″ x 60″ (Back of Bookcase)

J) 1 – 3/4″ MDF @ 31 1/2″ x 13″ (Bottom Shelf)

K)1 – 3/4″ MDF @ 31 1/2″ x 11″ (2nd to Bottom Shelf)

L) 1 – 3/4″ MDF @ 31 1/2″ x 9″ (3rd to Bottom Shelf)

M) 1 – 3/4″ MDF @ 31 1/2″ x 7″ (Top Shelf)

Cutting Instructions

Begin by cutting all your piece out. Do not forget that the saw blade takes up approximately 1/4″, so you CANNOT mark all the pieces out on the plywood and cut. You must cut, mark, cut, mark, and so forth. I will direct you on what type of fastner to use. Use glue on all your joints.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

The above diagram shows a sample cutting layout for the 3/4″ MDF pieces. You will also need to cut the back out (33″ x 60″) from 1/4″ plywood or paneling. I say 1/4″ because this is the minimum I would recommend. Got an extra sheet of 1/2″? Use it up! Store bought pieces use cardboard. Yes, cardboard.

Step 2

Cutting the Sides. Draw out your desired sides for the bookshelf. The above is a simple design that I would recommend and would be easy to cut. If you are good with a jigsaw, go ahead and mark you board like the Land of Nod bookcase and cut away. Just remember where your shelves are located. It would be a good idea to mark out where the shelves are placed before cutting so you can square from both sides the shelf location.

Step 3

Attaching the Shelf Supports. With the shelves marked in step 2, screw with the 1 1/4″ screws the shelf supports as shown above. Use 3 screws per shelf support. I recommend rounding the front edge of the shelf support to avoid sharp corners. This is shown above. Remember, each set of shelf supports is a different length. Use the measurements in the above diagram to guide you.

Step 4

Attach the bottom, F (Blue) to the sides, A (White), as shown above. Keep the back edge flush. There will be a 1″ gap under the bottom shelf and the bottom of the bookshelf. This is shown above. There will also be a 3/4″ difference from the front of the bookshelf and the front of F. Use glue and 2″ screws.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach the top support, H, by screwing through the sides into the end edges of H. Use 2 2″ screws on each side.

Step 7

Add the Back. Use the 1 1/4″ nails to nail the back to the bookshelf, as shown above.

Step 8

Add the Shelves. I recommend screwing with 1 1/4″ screws the shelves in place. However, you can opt to only screw the top and middle shelf in place and leave the 13″ and 9″ shelf removeable.

Step 9

Finish the Bankable Bookshelf. Fill nail holes with putty, then sand and paint as desired. You may wish to first use a primer for MDF or wood, then paint.


shelly (not verified)

Mon, 12/28/2009 - 04:39

It looks like a Christmas tornado hit our house!!! I've been searching for a good storage system for the kids' toys...this is perfect! Thanks so much!

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Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 12/30/2009 - 08:27

My daughter now has more books than bookshelves! Saw this on the Land of Nod website and hubby told me he could build it, I am sure this will help him. Thank you!

Jamie (not verified)

Tue, 01/05/2010 - 04:09

Wow! I just posted about this bookcase yesterday and someone referred me to your blog. We will be building one of these for sure!

steffany (not verified)

Fri, 01/08/2010 - 05:11

I think this is perfect for my son's room. I usually wait for my husband, since he is in the middle our master bedroom remodel. You have inspired me, I can't wait to tackle into it myself.

Kelly Moore (not verified)

Fri, 01/08/2010 - 05:54

This project is 100% what I need for my son's room! My only delema when looking at the photo is that my son has WAY more books than that, and they all come in weird shapes and sizes. not that it would affect the coolness of the shelf, but I am not so good at "dressing" the bookshelves.

Love your work!

shauna (not verified)

Fri, 01/08/2010 - 09:32

I love these! I can't wait to go to Grampa's house again to use the garage and tools to start building. I saw your blog on U-Create today and am loving everything that I see. Fantastic work!


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Annalee (not verified)

Fri, 01/08/2010 - 12:36

Just found your blog!! I'm in LOVE!! I can't wait to show my husband. We NEED these bookshelves for our daughters room! THANK YOU!

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Fri, 01/08/2010 - 17:35

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