DIY Built-In Media IKEA Wall Unit with Extra Storage

Do it yourself Built-In Media IKEA Wall Unit with Further Storage established from an IKEA bookcase. Get a establish in glimpse on a spending plan and even set up it your self. 

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Howdy, Remodelaholics!  I am Tamara again once again from Provident Home Style and design where by I share property Do it yourself assignments and decorating tips on a spending plan!  I certainly imagine you can obtain a journal stunning property on even a very small spending plan.

I lately turned my kid’s messy basement playroom into an arranged, interesting kid’s hangout retreat (they basically want to invest time down there now)!

We necessary far more storage for the kids toys and a way to cover a couple of steel beam supports in the completed section of our basement (about two hundred sqft).

Both of those the mess and the beams were being significant eyesores which can be noticed in the photograph under!

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The solution to these eyesores was making a Media Wall Unit with a lot of toy storage!  I developed it about the beams so that they would be hidden killing two birds with just one stone!

Media Wall Prepare

I was encouraged by this media wall procedure and certainly really like it… see it at Pottery Barn Youngsters (affiliate link).

BUT I experienced no where by close to $one,700 to invest on it.  I did have $one hundred to invest and which is how much it value to make the total media wall device revealed under!

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Consider it or not this job commences with two Ikea Gersby Bookcases (only $25 every)!

So let’s start!

Bookshelves Making Tutorial

Follow these actions to get this IKEA wall device media heart glimpse.

Develop the Bookshelves

one.   1st, put the Ikea bookcase together pursuing the recommendations in the bundle (it is very basic).  At this point you can leave off the removable shelves.

two.   Upcoming, you will start producing the box section that attaches to the bookcase so you will will need to get the box pieces cut.

Down below are the measurements I used for every aspect of the box (not such as the leading).  I used particle board which is very sturdy but a lot less expensive than wooden.

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3.  Keep the left aspect piece of particle board future to the bookcase as revealed under and with a drill screw a screw into a compact piece a wooden or MDF so that there is a screw in the particle board and just one in the bookcase holding the two jointly.  Do just one on the leading and just one on the base.

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four.  Repeat the over phase for the right aspect particle board portion.  After the left aspect and right aspect boards are connected it will glimpse like the photograph under.

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Optional:  If you want your cabinet box to have a base now is the time to slide it in as revealed over.  Otherwise the base will just be the floor area it is resting on.

5.  Upcoming we will be attaching the entrance of the box.  We will do this by using L brackets or corner braces on the within entrance corners of the box.

Idea:  Walmart has a really superior selling price on their “Corner Braces”.  They offer a four-pk. for about $two (other areas it is $four-$6).

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Place the entrance piece more than the sides items and spot a bracket on the within corner and screw it tight producing confident the corners line up very well.

How and where to put the L brackets


Repeat on each sides!

6.  Now will come the leading of the box which will be how the box opens.  This piece will be 24″ x 23″ (I obtained 24″ x 24″ inch particle items at Home Depot for only $one.28)!  The leading piece will slide to the again of the bookcase so it will will need to be trimmed on the sides as revealed under.

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I used my jig saw to minimize the leading piece particle board alongside the minimize strains I experienced produced with my ruler and pen.


seven.  Implement caulk to where by all of the distinctive items of wooden meet up with.

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Now make another just one and then you will have accomplished the shelves section of the media wall device as revealed under.


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As you can see over we now will need to make “the bench” section of the the media IKEA wall device.  I also extra an excess shelf to the bookcase but that was just in get to entirely cover the steel beam supports.


I established the diagram under to enable you visualize the pursuing actions in making the bench section.  If you get baffled at all you can refer to this diagram for clarification .

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Bench Making Tutorial

Building the Basis of the Bench

Phase one-  Decide how much length you want between the two shelving units (most probably based mostly upon the measurement of your Television).  Measure each the size and the depth.  Using a jigsaw or desk saw minimize a piece of particle board to the measurement and spot it on the floor between the two bookshelves.  This is your base piece.

Phase two-  Decide how high you want the bench section to be then minus an inch (or the thickness of leading of the bench).  Cut a piece of particle board the depth of your bench by the the peak you just calculated.

Stand the particle board upright in the heart of the base piece.  Secure the piece upright with four L-Brackets (two on every aspect of the heart piece) connecting the horizontal base piece to what we’ll refer to as the divider piece.

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Building the Encounter of the Bench

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Observe: I used MDF sheeting minimize to measurement but you can use wooden if you would like.

Phase 3-  Take a one x four and minimize it into two items that are the peak of your bench minus one inch (or the thickness of leading of the bench).  Place the initially just one standing upright future to the left bookshelf.  Nail the base of it into the base piece (from Phase one).

Phase four-  Do the identical matter with the other 1×4 on the right aspect.

Phase 5-  Measure the length between the two boards you just installed.  Cut two 1×4’s to this measurement.  Take just one of the boards and spot it between the two vertical boards you just installed.  This board will be positioned towards the floor and will be nailed to the base piece as very well.

Phase 6-  Place the other board in between the two vertical aspect boards so that the tops of the aspect boards line up seamlessly with it is leading  Use a amount to make confident it is correctly horizontal and then nail into spot by nailing it into the entrance end of the divider piece (from phase two)

Safe the leading board to the aspect boards with a connecting piece of wooden (nailed on the within of the bench) and do on each sides.

See photograph under.

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Phase seven-  Measure the length between the horizontal base and leading boards that you just installed in phase 5 and 6.  Cut a one x four to this size and nail it vertically to the entrance end of the divider piece.

Building the Top rated of the Bench

Phase 8-

A) Now we will be setting up the aid boards to maintain up the leading of the Bench.  Measure how tall you want the bench to be minus the thickness of the leading piece.  Draw a line (producing confident it is amount) at this measurement on the sides of each bookshelves.

Location the leading of the aid board (requirements to be at the very least an inch thick) alongside the strains you just drew and nail to the sides of the bookshelves

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B)  Measure for the leading of the bench seat (size and depth).  Cut your wooden to measurement and spot it on aid boards and is need to also rest on leading of the Encounter of the bench.  You can both glue or nail into spot.

Optional- Add trim to your motivation.  I nailed a piece of trim to the entrance of the leading piece of the bench.

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I also extra a piece of baseboard trim to the base entrance of the whole wall device.

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And finally, I extra a piece of lattice trim to the aspect again of the bookshelves to cover the gap between the shelves and the wall.

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And I have thought about including ornamental pulls to the entrance of the containers but haven’t discovered the “right” types yet!:-)

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How to Create a Built-In Media Storage Unit (starting with a set of cheap IKEA bookcases!) Full tutorial on from Provident Home Design

So there you have it! If you have any inquiries be sure to be confident to ask!!  We are loving our media wall device and I consider you will really like yours also (particularly how much the storage containers can maintain and cover)!:-)

If you are fascinated in doing a shiplap wall remedy between the shelves you can perspective my phase by phase recommendations, Listed here.
You can also perspective the total spending plan-friendly basement makeover reveal, Listed here!  Have a wonderful working day!!

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Initially posted April 23, 2016 // Up to date April 8, 2020

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