TARDIS: Best Bookshelf of All Time

For the crafty Doctor Who fan in need of home decor, here’s a fun do-it-yourself project idea: turning a simple bookshelf into a TARDIS.
If you’re considering undertaking such a project, you should have some experience with sawing and sanding wood, as well as building simple frames. The detailed instructions are posted on Instructables by CaitlinsDad, so check it out if this project intrigues you.


The first step is to make yourself a bookcase. I make it sound easier than it really is, but you can get a simple-to-assemble shelf from IKEA, or find one at a garage sale or at a thrift store.


Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to build the frame of the TARDIS to go around the shelf. This is where experience with woodcrafting might come in handy. The frame must fit flush around the shelf, and you also need to make the grid that details the door of the police box.


Since the TARDIS does change a bit with every season, you’ll have to pick your paints to match whatever version of the TARDIS you wish to replicate. This particular design  is a bit of a mashup according to the maker, and I can’t personally pick out which details are screen-accurate. I think that any royal blue police box looks like the TARDIS, so as long as it has the general shape, you’re safe.


The fogged-up glass in the box is actually a CG texture made to resemble aged glass; ditto for the Police Box sign and the information panel.


Once you have all the items painted and assembled, all that’s left is to fill up your new TARDIS shelf with the boxed set of the show, and all the awesome Doctor Who gadgets you’ve collected over the years. Or, you could just use it as a pantry or a bookshelf; it looks like it could keep your food or books pretty safe within its doors.


Lately, Doctor Who products have been seen everywhere; if you’re on the hunt for other TARDIS household items, check out the TARDIS mug complete with removable lid, or the chic and stylish TARDIS USB Hub.

One thought on “TARDIS: Best Bookshelf of All Time

  1. GG .

    Good for a deep cupboard, but a better bookshelf design might be to have the hinges halfway back along each side, so that the entire front half of the box splits and swings out like a two-door refrigerator.


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