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DIY Bookcase Shades

Make bookcase shades to conceal shelves and create a graphic display.

Make an old shelving unit new again by adding canvas covers.

Materials & Tools

  • Modular shelf unit
  • Cotton canvas or twill
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle
  • Thread
  • Tension rods


  1. Decide where you want the canvas covers on the shelves.
  2. For each shade, cut the canvas to the length and width of the space you wish to cover, leaving room for hems along three sides and a 1-inch rod pocket at the top.
  3. Hem three sides.
  4. Sew a rod pocket into the top large enough to fit the tension rod.
  5. Place the tension rod through the rod pocket.
  6. Install the tension rod into the desired space.

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