DIY Built-In Media IKEA Wall Unit with Extra Storage

Do it yourself Developed-In Media IKEA Wall Unit with Excess Storage developed from an IKEA bookcase. Get a create in seem on a spending plan and even set up it on your own. 

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Hi there, Remodelaholics!  I am Tamara back all over again from Provident Household Style and design where I share residence Do it yourself projects and decorating thoughts on a spending plan!  I certainly feel you can achieve a journal beautiful residence on even a little spending plan.

I a short while ago turned my kid’s messy basement playroom into an structured, cool kid’s hangout retreat (they in fact want to spend time down there now)!

We desired extra storage for the young ones toys and a way to hide a few of steel beam supports in the finished component of our basement (about 200 sqft).

Both of those the mess and the beams ended up main eyesores which can be noticed in the photograph below!

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The solution to these eyesores was building a Media Wall Unit with plenty of toy storage!  I constructed it about the beams so that they would be concealed killing two birds with 1 stone!

Media Wall Approach

I was encouraged by this media wall procedure and definitely appreciate it… see it at Pottery Barn Young ones (affiliate url).

BUT I experienced no where near $1,seven-hundred to spend on it.  I did have $a hundred to spend and that is how a great deal it value to make the overall media wall device proven below!

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Feel it or not this challenge begins with 2 Ikea Gersby Bookcases (only $twenty five each and every)!

So let us get started!

Bookshelves Constructing Tutorial

Observe these measures to get this IKEA wall device media middle seem.

Create the Bookshelves

1.   1st, put the Ikea bookcase together pursuing the guidelines in the bundle (it is very basic).  At this position you can depart off the removable shelves.

2.   Upcoming, you will get started creating the box component that attaches to the bookcase so you will need to get the box pieces cut.

Under are the measurements I utilised for each and every aspect of the box (not together with the top).  I utilised particle board which is very durable but fewer high priced than wooden.

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3.  Keep the remaining aspect piece of particle board future to the bookcase as proven below 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 1 in the bookcase holding the two collectively.  Do 1 on the top and 1 on the bottom.

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four.  Repeat the over move for the correct aspect particle board part.  After the remaining aspect and correct aspect boards are hooked up it will seem like the photograph below.

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Optional:  If you want your cupboard box to have a bottom now is the time to slide it in as proven over.  Or else the bottom will just be the flooring surface it is resting on.

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

Suggestion:  Walmart has a really good cost on their “Corner Braces”.  They sell a four-pk. for about $2 (other spots it is $four-$6).

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Place the front piece around the sides items and spot a bracket on the inside of corner and screw it tight creating confident the corners line up very well.

How and where to put the L brackets


Repeat on both equally sides!

6.  Now comes the top of the box which will be how the box opens.  This piece will be 24″ x 23″ (I got 24″ x 24″ inch particle items at Household Depot for only $1.28)!  The top piece will slide to the back of the bookcase so it will need to be trimmed on the sides as proven below.

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I utilised my jig saw to minimize the top piece particle board together the minimize traces I experienced created with my ruler and pen.


7.  Utilize caulk to where all of the distinct items of wooden meet up with.

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Now make a different 1 and then you will have accomplished the shelves component of the media wall device as proven below.


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As you can see over we now need to make “the bench” component of the the media IKEA wall device.  I also additional an more shelf to the bookcase but that was just in order to fully hide the steel beam supports.


I developed the diagram below to assist you visualize the pursuing measures in building the bench component.  If you get confused at all you can refer to this diagram for clarification .

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Bench Constructing Tutorial

Building the Foundation of the Bench

Step 1-  Decide how a great deal length you want involving the two shelving units (most likely centered on the measurement of your Television).  Measure both equally the duration and the depth.  Using a jigsaw or desk noticed minimize a piece of particle board to the measurement and spot it on the flooring involving the 2 bookshelves.  This is your foundation piece.

Step 2-  Decide how high you want the bench component to be then minus an inch (or the thickness of top 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 middle of the foundation piece.  Secure the piece upright with four L-Brackets (2 on each and every aspect of the middle piece) connecting the horizontal foundation piece to what we’ll refer to as the divider piece.

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Building the Face of the Bench

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

Step 3-  Take a 1 x four and minimize it into 2 items that are the peak of your bench minus 1 inch (or the thickness of top of the bench).  Place the 1st 1 standing upright future to the remaining bookshelf.  Nail the bottom of it into the foundation piece (from Step 1).

Step four-  Do the identical matter with the other 1×4 on the correct aspect.

Step 5-  Measure the length involving the two boards you just set up.  Cut two 1×4’s to this measurement.  Take 1 of the boards and spot it involving the 2 vertical boards you just set up.  This board will be put versus the flooring and will be nailed to the foundation piece as very well.

Step 6-  Place the other board in involving the two vertical aspect boards so that the tops of the aspect boards line up seamlessly with it is top  Use a degree to make confident it is beautifully horizontal and then nail into spot by nailing it into the front close of the divider piece (from move 2)

Secure the top board to the aspect boards with a connecting piece of wooden (nailed on the inside of of the bench) and do on both equally sides.

See photograph below.

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Step 7-  Measure the length involving the horizontal bottom and top boards that you just set up in move 5 and 6.  Cut a 1 x four to this duration and nail it vertically to the front close of the divider piece.

Building the Major of the Bench

Step 8-

A) Now we will be putting in the support boards to keep up the top of the Bench.  Measure how tall you want the bench to be minus the thickness of the top piece.  Draw a line (creating confident it is degree) at this measurement on the sides of both equally bookshelves.

Position the top of the support board (desires to be at the very least an inch thick) together the traces you just drew and nail to the sides of the bookshelves

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B)  Measure for the top of the bench seat (duration and depth).  Cut your wooden to measurement and spot it on support boards and is ought to also rest on top of the Face of the bench.  You can possibly glue or nail into spot.

Optional- Add trim to your motivation.  I nailed a piece of trim to the front of the top piece of the bench.

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I also additional a piece of baseboard trim to the bottom front of the full wall device.

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And lastly, I additional a piece of lattice trim to the aspect back of the bookshelves to hide the hole involving the shelves and the wall.

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And I’ve believed about including decorative pulls to the front of the packing containers but have not identified the “right” types yet!:-)

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So there you have it! If you have any thoughts make sure you be confident to talk to!!  We are loving our media wall device and I feel you will appreciate yours far too (primarily how a great deal the storage packing containers can keep and hide)!:-)

If you are intrigued in performing a shiplap wall remedy involving the shelves you can check out my move by move guidelines, Listed here.
You can also check out the overall spending plan-welcoming basement makeover reveal, Listed here!  Have a good working day!!

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At first posted April 23, 2016 // Current April 8, 2020

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