DIY Built-In Media IKEA Wall Unit with Extra Storage

Do it yourself Constructed-In Media IKEA Wall Unit with Extra Storage established from an IKEA bookcase. Get a establish in look on a spending plan and even set up it on your own. 

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Hello, Remodelaholics!  I am Tamara back once again from Provident Household Design and style where by I share household Do it yourself projects and decorating concepts on a spending plan!  I definitely consider you can realize a journal wonderful household on even a very small spending plan.

I not long ago turned my kid’s messy basement playroom into an structured, interesting kid’s hangout retreat (they really want to devote time down there now)!

We desired more storage for the youngsters toys and a way to disguise a couple of steel beam supports in the completed component of our basement (about two hundred sqft).

Both equally the mess and the beams had been main eyesores which can be observed in the image under!

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The answer to these eyesores was creating a Media Wall Unit with lots of toy storage!  I crafted it around the beams so that they would be hidden killing two birds with one stone!

Media Wall Prepare

I was motivated by this media wall technique and totally appreciate it… see it at Pottery Barn Young ones (affiliate hyperlink).

BUT I experienced no where by in close proximity to $1,seven-hundred to devote on it.  I did have $100 to devote and that is how significantly it value to make the total media wall device demonstrated under!

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Consider it or not this undertaking starts off with 2 Ikea Gersby Bookcases (only $twenty five each)!

So let’s start!

Bookshelves Making Tutorial

Adhere to these techniques to get this IKEA wall device media middle look.

Make the Bookshelves

1.   Initially, put the Ikea bookcase together pursuing the recommendations in the deal (it is extremely very simple).  At this level you can leave off the removable shelves.

2.   Next, you will start earning the box component that attaches to the bookcase so you will require to get the box pieces cut.

Beneath are the measurements I made use of for each side of the box (not which include the prime).  I made use of particle board which is extremely sturdy but significantly less costly than wood.

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3.  Hold the left side piece of particle board next to the bookcase as demonstrated under 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 together.  Do one on the prime and one on the base.

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4.  Repeat the earlier mentioned phase for the correct side particle board portion.  After the left side and correct side boards are connected it will look like the image 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 demonstrated earlier mentioned
.  If not the base will just be the floor area it is resting on.

five.  Next 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.

Idea:  Walmart has a definitely great price on their “Corner Braces”.  They promote a 4-pk. for around $2 (other destinations it is $4-$six).

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Posture the front piece in excess of the sides pieces and location a bracket on the inside of corner and screw it restricted earning confident the corners line up nicely.

How and where to put the L brackets


Repeat on both equally sides!

six.  Now comes the prime of the box which will be how the box opens.  This piece will be 24″ x 23″ (I got 24″ x 24″ inch particle pieces at Household Depot for only $1.28)!  The prime piece will slide to the back of the bookcase so it will require to be trimmed on the sides as demonstrated under.

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I made use of my jig saw to lower the prime piece particle board along the lower lines I experienced designed with my ruler and pen.


seven.  Utilize caulk to where by all of the distinctive pieces of wood meet up with.

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Now make another one and then you will have accomplished the shelves component of the media wall device as demonstrated under.


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As you can see earlier mentioned we now require to make “the bench” component of the the media IKEA wall device.  I also added an extra shelf to the bookcase but that was just in order to absolutely disguise the steel beam supports.


I established the diagram under to assistance you visualize the pursuing techniques in creating the bench component.  If you get bewildered at all you can refer to this diagram for clarification .

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Bench Making Tutorial

Developing the Foundation of the Bench

Move 1-  Decide how significantly distance you want among the two shelving units (most most likely based mostly upon the size of your Television set).  Measure both equally the duration and the depth.  Using a jigsaw or desk saw lower a piece of particle board to the size and location it on the floor among the 2 bookshelves.  This is your base piece.

Move 2-  Decide how superior you want the bench component to be then minus an inch (or the thickness of prime 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 middle of the base piece.  Secure the piece upright with 4 L-Brackets (2 on each side of the middle piece) connecting the horizontal base piece to what we’ll refer to as the divider piece.

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Developing the Deal with of the Bench

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Note: I made use of MDF sheeting lower to size but you can use wood if you would like.

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

Move 4-  Do the exact same thing with the other 1×4 on the correct side.

Move five-  Measure the distance among the two boards you just set up.  Cut two 1×4’s to this measurement.  Take one of the boards and location it among the 2 vertical boards you just set up.  This board will be positioned in opposition to the floor and will be nailed to the base piece as nicely.

Move six-  Place the other board in among the two vertical side boards so that the tops of the side boards line up seamlessly with it is prime  Use a level to make confident it is flawlessly horizontal and then nail into location by nailing it into the front conclusion of the divider piece (from phase 2)

Secure the prime board to the side boards with a connecting piece of wood (nailed on the inside of of the bench) and do on both equally sides.

See image under.

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Move seven-  Measure the distance among the horizontal base and prime boards that you just set up in phase five and six.  Cut a 1 x 4 to this duration and nail it vertically to the front conclusion of the divider piece.

Developing the Prime of the Bench

Move eight-

A) Now we will be installing the guidance boards to keep up the prime of the Bench.  Measure how tall you want the bench to be minus the thickness of the prime piece.  Draw a line (earning confident it is level) at this measurement on the sides of both equally bookshelves.

Put the prime of the guidance board (requirements to be at the very least an inch thick) along the lines you just drew and nail to the sides of the bookshelves

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B)  Measure for the prime of the bench seat (duration and depth).  Cut your wood to size and location it on guidance boards and is must also rest on prime of the Deal with of the bench.  You can possibly glue or nail into location.

Optional- Include trim to your want.  I nailed a piece of trim to the front of the prime piece of the bench.

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I also added a piece of baseboard trim to the base front of the whole wall device.

Add Trim to an IKEA Wall unit for a finished look.

Lastly, I added a piece of lattice trim to the side back of the bookshelves to disguise the hole among the shelves and the wall.

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And I’ve considered about introducing attractive pulls to the front of the bins but have not observed the “right” types 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 thoughts you should be confident to request!!  We are loving our media wall device and I feel you will appreciate yours much too (especially how significantly the storage bins can keep and disguise)!:-)

If you are intrigued in doing a shiplap wall procedure among the shelves you can see my phase by phase recommendations, Below.
You can also see the total spending plan-helpful basement makeover expose, Below!  Have a good day!!

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Originally posted April 23, 2016 // Updated April eight, 2020

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