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    Default Use kitchen base cabinets as lower bookshelves

    I'm planning out my DIY office and was hoping for a wall of bookshelves, and was thinking what a nightmare to either buy and assemble or just pay for it. Then I thought, what if I use kitchen base cabinets along the lower section. Is this normal? Seems like it would work great.

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    I don’t see any particular reason not to, but be aware that books are heavy so your cabinets and especially the shelving must be able to bear the weight. There are a lot of flimsy flatpack cabinets around.

    Also, kitchen cabinets are usually 500-550mm deep while books are about 200-300mm wide so you would end up with a lot of wasted space at the back, assuming you want all books visible.

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    Use the kitchen overheads... much cheaper, and 300 deep.. drill a 5mm hole in the centre back that lines up with the holes in the sides for additional shelf support and place a support "pin" in that
    And.....your point is.....what exactly?

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    Ikea does narrow kitchen cabinets, I recall.

    You could also use an Ikea shelving system.

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