Let’s talk bookshelves! I have always dreamed of having a library in my home. Being honest, I will never have a home large enough for a library. So, I needed to get creative. As soon as we walked into the home we bought I could see the potential for a bookshelf in our living room. This one long wall has turned into my favorite spot. My Ikea Bookshelf Hack was the answer to my dreams!
Built in bookshelves are extremely expensive. Since moving in we have taken on one DIY project after another. I knew there had to be a way for me to get my built-in bookshelves and not spend thousands of dollars. Enter Pinterest and pictures of an Ikea Bookshelf Hack!
Now I know what your thinking, Ikea anything is impossible to assemble. I would have to agree, but with the help of my mother anything is possible. She can follow instructions like it’s her day job! I however prefer to just decide my own way. Long story short that didn’t work.
There are a few things to make this easy!
- Tape Measure
- Paper and Pencil
- Ikea Book Shelves
- Ikea Book Shelf Extenders
- Nail Gun with Finishing Nails
- Miter Saw
- Crown Molding
- Base Molding
- 3-inch Center Molding Pieces
- White Caulk
Let me start by saying this task can be done with even less supplies. We had a lot of these things on hand, so it wasn’t difficult. A good example is a circular saw, jig saw, or number of different things can be used for making your cuts. It doesn’t have to be a miter saw.
Before you do anything, you need to take measurements. Make sure you measure the length, height and width of the wall you are using. We wanted ours to reach to the ceiling, so we ended up purchasing the extenders as well. For a lower ceiling this wouldn’t be needed.
Draw it out…
Next, I drew out exactly how I wanted everything to look. I even went as far as going on to Ikeas website www.Ikea.com and copied and pasted pictures of the exact bookshelves I wanted. This allowed me to move the pictures around until I decided on the pattern I wanted. You will see I chose two small bookshelves for each end.
All the bookshelves regardless of size are the Billy Bookcases from Ikea. We followed the instructions and assembled them as instructed. I have to say I had to call in a helper on this one! I attempted to assemble one on my own… it didn’t go well. Notice the hole? Yep, that was me! Maybe add Gorilla Glue to that list.
The molding pieces were a different story. I took measurements of the top, bottom, sides and the place where each bookshelf met the other. Then I headed to Lowes. I just stood in the aisle and picked out what I liked. I’ll be honest, it was a bit overwhelming at first but when I gave up on getting it perfect it worked out just fine.
These bookshelves are a huge focal point in our house. We are in the process of opening our floor plan and you can see them as soon as you walk into our home. We read a lot, so we have a lot of books, however I am surprised at how much I have enjoyed styling this spot in our home.
If your considering giving it a try, I say go for it! We absolutely love how this Ikea Bookshelf Hack worked out for us.
Many items pictured here are from thrifted finds. Check out our posted on thrifting here: