DIY Built-In Media IKEA Wall Unit with Extra Storage

Do it yourself Crafted-In Media IKEA Wall Device with Extra Storage designed from an IKEA bookcase. Get a develop in glimpse on a spending budget and even install it your self. 

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Hello there, Remodelaholics!  I am Tamara back again all over again from Provident Dwelling Design where by I share household Do it yourself assignments and decorating suggestions on a spending budget!  I certainly imagine you can achieve a journal wonderful household on even a small spending budget.

I not long ago turned my kid’s messy basement playroom into an arranged, awesome kid’s hangout retreat (they truly want to commit time down there now)!

We wanted far more storage for the young children toys and a way to cover a pair of steel beam supports in the completed element of our basement (about two hundred sqft).

Both equally the mess and the beams had been main eyesores which can be noticed in the picture underneath!

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The resolution to these eyesores was developing a Media Wall Device with plenty of toy storage!  I created it close to the beams so that they would be concealed killing two birds with one stone!

Media Wall Prepare

I was encouraged by this media wall procedure and totally appreciate it… see it at Pottery Barn Kids (affiliate link).

BUT I experienced no where by near $1,700 to commit on it.  I did have $one hundred to commit and that is how a great deal it cost to make the full media wall unit shown underneath!

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Believe it or not this project commences with 2 Ikea Gersby Bookcases (only $25 each)!

So let us get started!

Bookshelves Building Tutorial

Stick to these steps to get this IKEA wall unit media center glimpse.

Create the Bookshelves

1.   Initially, put the Ikea bookcase together following the guidelines in the bundle (it is quite uncomplicated).  At this position you can leave off the removable shelves.

2.   Future, you will get started earning the box element that attaches to the bookcase so you will will need to get the box pieces cut.

Below are the measurements I utilized for each aspect of the box (not which include the best).  I utilized particle board which is quite durable but considerably less highly-priced than wood.

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3.  Keep the still left aspect piece of particle board upcoming to the bookcase as shown underneath and with a drill screw a screw into a smaller piece a wood or MDF so that there is a screw in the particle board and one in the bookcase holding the two alongside one another.  Do one on the best and one on the bottom.

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4.  Repeat the higher than phase for the appropriate aspect particle board portion.  After the still left aspect and appropriate aspect boards are connected it will glimpse like the picture underneath.

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Optional:  If you want your cupboard box to have a bottom now is the time to slide it in as shown higher than.  Usually the bottom will just be the flooring surface area it is resting on.

five.  Future we will be attaching the front of the box.  We will do this by using L brackets or corner braces on the within front corners of the box.

Tip:  Walmart has a truly very good value on their “Corner Braces”.  They sell a 4-pk. for close to $2 (other places it is $4-$six).

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Situation the front piece about the sides parts and location a bracket on the within corner and screw it limited earning sure the corners line up nicely.

How and where to put the L brackets


Repeat on equally sides!

six.  Now will come the best of the box which will be how the box opens.  This piece will be 24″ x 23″ (I bought 24″ x 24″ inch particle parts at Dwelling Depot for only $1.28)!  The best piece will slide to the back again of the bookcase so it will will need to be trimmed on the sides as shown underneath.

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I utilized my jig saw to lower the best piece particle board alongside the lower strains I experienced produced with my ruler and pen.


seven.  Implement caulk to where by all of the diverse parts of wood satisfy.

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Now make an additional one and then you will have finished the shelves element of the media wall unit as shown underneath.


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As you can see higher than we now will need to make “the bench” element of the the media IKEA wall unit.  I also added an excess shelf to the bookcase but that was just in buy to fully cover the steel beam supports.


I designed the diagram underneath to help you visualize the following steps in developing the bench element.  If you get confused at all you can refer to this diagram for clarification .

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Bench Building Tutorial

Creating the Foundation of the Bench

Move 1-  Decide how a great deal length you want among the two shelving models (most probably centered on the sizing of your Television set).  Measure equally the length and the depth.  Using a jigsaw or table observed lower a piece of particle board to the sizing and location it on the flooring among the 2 bookshelves.  This is your base piece.

Move 2-  Decide how high you want the bench element to be then minus an inch (or the thickness of best of the bench).  Cut a piece of particle board the depth of your bench by the the height you just calculated.

Stand the particle board upright in the center of the base piece.  Secure the piece upright with 4 L-Brackets (2 on each aspect of the center piece) connecting the horizontal base piece to what we’ll refer to as the divider piece.

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Creating the Experience of the Bench

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Take note: I utilized MDF sheeting lower to sizing but you can use wood if you would like.

Move 3-  Take a 1 x 4 and lower it into 2 parts that are the height of your bench minus 1 inch (or the thickness of best of the bench).  Place the initially one standing upright upcoming to the still left bookshelf.  Nail the bottom of it into the base piece (from Move 1).

Move 4-  Do the same factor with the other 1×4 on the appropriate aspect.

Move five-  Measure the length among the two boards you just mounted.  Cut two 1×4’s to this measurement.  Take one of the boards and location it among the 2 vertical boards you just mounted.  This board will be placed towards the flooring and will be nailed to the base piece as nicely.

Move six-  Place the other board in among the two vertical aspect boards so that the tops of the aspect boards line up seamlessly with it is best  Use a degree to make sure it is perfectly horizontal and then nail into location by nailing it into the front conclude of the divider piece (from phase 2)

Safe the best board to the aspect boards with a connecting piece of wood (nailed on the within of the bench) and do on equally sides.

See picture underneath.

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Move seven-  Measure the length among the horizontal bottom and best boards that you just mounted in phase five and six.  Cut a 1 x 4 to this length and nail it vertically to the front conclude of the divider piece.

Creating the Prime of the Bench

Move 8-

A) Now we will be setting up the help boards to maintain up the best of the Bench.  Measure how tall you want the bench to be minus the thickness of the best piece.  Draw a line (earning sure it is degree) at this measurement on the sides of equally bookshelves.

Place the best of the help board (requires to be at minimum 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 best of the bench seat (length and depth).  Cut your wood to sizing and location it on help boards and is must also relaxation on best of the Experience of the bench.  You can either glue or nail into location.

Optional- Include trim to your wish.  I nailed a piece of trim to the front of the best piece of the bench.

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I also added a piece of baseboard trim to the bottom front of the whole wall unit.

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And finally, I added a piece of lattice trim to the aspect back again of the bookshelves to cover the hole among the shelves and the wall.

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And I have thought about including attractive pulls to the front of the containers but have not discovered the “right” kinds nevertheless!:-)

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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 issues be sure to be sure to question!!  We are loving our media wall unit and I think you will appreciate yours far too (specially how a great deal the storage containers can maintain and cover)!:-)

If you are intrigued in accomplishing a shiplap wall remedy among the shelves you can view my phase by phase guidelines, Here.
You can also view the full spending budget-friendly basement makeover expose, Here!  Have a fantastic working day!!

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Initially posted April 23, 2016 // Current April 8, 2020

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