How to Make a Built-In Bookcase with IKEA Shelves
Mysha Bolen, whose blog Remington Avenue covers topics for the home ranging from DIY projects to recipes used three Billy bookcases from IKEA to form a dramatic built-in bookcase
“My living room has a vaulted ceiling and no architectural interest or detail,” Mysha says. “We had no place to put our books and we needed a solution for our kids’ toys, too. I’d heard about people hacking IKEA’s Billy bookcases to make them look more custom. If we’d hired a finish carpenter to do this, it would have cost thousands!”
Connect the Three Bookcases
Mysha assembled three Billy bookcases and spaced them about 6 inches apart to create a piece with more presence. To add a ledge to nail into, she installed a frame of 1x2s along the top, on the front, and on the two sides, then face-nailed a 1⁄4-inch piece of plywood to it to draw the eye up even further.