Is 6” too much for a spacer between these 30x12 cabinets.

My wife and I can’t decide.

We’re putting bookshelf on top.

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    "Is 6” too much for a spacer between these 30x12 cabinets" Not if the amount of space you need to fill is 6". 7" would be to much and 3 would leave gaps on one or both ends, ok if that is what you want.
    – Alaska Man
    Apr 24 '20 at 21:46
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    Two words: Secret hidyhole.
    – Alaska Man
    Apr 24 '20 at 22:06
  • Ha. I could have been clearer. I meant should we try to construct 1.5" spacers on each end, with a 3" spacer in the middle instead? That seems more complicated so I think we'll just quit while we're ahead and go with this format.
    – Chris
    Apr 25 '20 at 2:36

That looks perfectly fine.

Two notes:

  1. I would put a block on the back and the front. Since the cabinets are not screwed to each other you need to join them. This is as simple is a 6" inch piece screwed to wall then maybe one screw from each cabinet into it. On the front I would try to get two screws that are a few inches apart for each cabinet (would look for scrap 2x8).

  2. I am assuming you will have a surface for your bookcase? The gap shouldn't really affect it either way as you should be getting some screws into those two walls (given your bookcase is in one piece, not two small bookcases).

Aesthetics-wise looks normal. Probably wouldn't even think about it if there were doors on it but unless you had these things custom made that look is about as good as it gets. I think you would be the only person that even realizes there is a gap (you can make this a functional hiding spot too).

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