Steps // How to Make a Built-In Bookcase with IKEA Shelves
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Connect the Three Bookcases

 
Step One // How to Make a Built-In Bookcase with IKEA Shelves

Connect the Three Bookcases

connecting three bookcases from IKEA to make 1 large built-in bookcase
Courtesy of remingtonavenue.com

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.

 
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Bridge the Gaps

 
Step Two // How to Make a Built-In Bookcase with IKEA Shelves

Bridge the Gaps

using plywood to bridge gaps between three bookcases from IKEA to make one large built-in bookcase
Courtesy of remingtonavenue.com

She nailed 8-inch-wide lengths of plywood to the front of the bookshelves to bridge the two wide gaps between them.

 
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Create the Baseboard Surround

 
Step Three // How to Make a Built-In Bookcase with IKEA Shelves

Create the Baseboard Surround

trimming away existing baseboard trim to make a large bookcase flush with the wall
Courtesy of remingtonavenue.com

Then, using an oscillating tool, she cut out her existing baseboard so she could push the assembly flush against the wall. She wrapped matching baseboard trim around the bottom of the unit.

 
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Add Trim and Crown Molding

 
Step Four // How to Make a Built-In Bookcase with IKEA Shelves

Add Trim and Crown Molding

DIYer Mysha Bolen adds trim to a built-in bookcase
Courtesy of remingtonavenue.com

 

To cover seams where the extension pieces and the plywood above it were added near the top, Mysha installed thin pieces of trim. Crown molding elevated the finished look, and furniture anchors safely secured the unit to the wall. Find the full step-by-step at Remington Avenue.


This project was originally featured in DIY on a Dime in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of This Old House magazine. See all of our favorite blogger projects from this issue here.

 
 

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