These bookshelves needed to be strong -- the pictures show how many books these clients had! The shelves were constructed of 1" MDF (rather than the more typical 3/4" shelf) to ensure they could withstand the load of so many books. The shelving units were going to rest on top of carpet, so an important feature is the reinforced base along the full length to provide stability and distribute the load evenly.
The 1" shelves provided an attractive bold look to the whole appearance. The crown molding and a spray painting of three coats of soft white lacquer finish give a touch of elegance..