Home renovation: Alcove ideas – how to make your own built-in alcove shelves


Emma and Jack are the couple behind Renovating the Broadway, a platform where they share details of their renovation. The couple update a dilapidated 1930s semi, including a kitchen extension.

The couple received a quote of around £800 to build the storage but decided to do it themselves.

Emma claimed the couple saved £500 with their DIY strategy.

How did the couple make their DIY alcove shelves?

The couple used a circular saw, miter saw, tape measure, spirit level, electric drill and sandpaper.

They created the base and frame with wood and used MDF to finish the base, build a shelf, cover the top, and enclose the wood frame.

They had to buy doorknobs, wood filler, glue and primer, baseboards for the bottom, and whatever paint color they wanted the shelves in the alcove to be.

The couple started with the base of their alcoves, made from a rectangular piece of wood.

Then they built a frame for the closet at the bottom of their shelves and attached their closet doors.

They then installed MDF shelves in the alcoves above the closet.

“It takes a long time,” Emma said. A full rundown of Emma and Jack’s exact steps can be found on the couple’s blog.

Emma and Jack have saved thousands of pounds on extending their property. The couple have extended their kitchen and have urged Brits to consider a key piece of advice as a renovation nears.

The couple spent all of their savings on the house.

Emma explained: “We saved a lot and took out a second mortgage for part of the building work. We can re-mortgage in a year and consolidate.”

She urged those considering an extension to see as many builders as possible – even if they have a recommendation.


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