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DIY Built-In Media IKEA Wall Unit with Extra Storage

Do-it-yourself Built-In Media IKEA Wall Device with Further Storage designed from an IKEA bookcase. Get a build in appear on a funds and even install it on your own. 

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Hello there, Remodelaholics!  I am Tamara back again again from Provident Household Style and design exactly where I share home Do-it-yourself initiatives and decorating tips on a funds!  I definitely believe you can accomplish a journal beautiful home on even a tiny funds.

I lately turned my kid’s messy basement playroom into an structured, cool kid’s hangout retreat (they really want to invest time down there now)!

We essential a lot more storage for the little ones toys and a way to hide a couple of steel beam supports in the completed element of our basement (about 200 sqft).

The two the mess and the beams had been important eyesores which can be observed in the photograph under!

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The option to these eyesores was building a Media Wall Device with tons of toy storage!  I designed it all over the beams so that they would be concealed killing two birds with a single stone!

Media Wall Plan

I was inspired by this media wall program and absolutely adore it… see it at Pottery Barn Young children (affiliate website link).

BUT I experienced no exactly where around $1,seven hundred to invest on it.  I did have $one hundred to invest and which is how much it expense to make the complete media wall device demonstrated under!

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Imagine it or not this challenge commences with two Ikea Gersby Bookcases (only $25 each and every)!

So let us start out!

Bookshelves Building Tutorial

Abide by these techniques to get this IKEA wall device media centre appear.

Develop the Bookshelves

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

two.   Up coming, you will start out making the box element that attaches to the bookcase so you will want to get the box pieces cut.

Under are the measurements I applied for each and every side of the box (not including the leading).  I applied particle board which is really strong but significantly less costly than wood.

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three.  Keep the left side piece of particle board up coming to the bookcase as demonstrated under and with a drill screw a screw into a tiny piece a wood or MDF so that there is a screw in the particle board and a single in the bookcase holding the two collectively.  Do a single on the leading and a single on the base.

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four.  Repeat the higher than step for the appropriate side particle board portion.  After the left side and appropriate side boards are hooked up it will appear like the photograph 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 higher than.  In any other case the base will just be the ground surface area it is resting on.

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

Suggestion:  Walmart has a truly very good price on their “Corner Braces”.  They provide a four-pk. for all over $two (other destinations it’s $four-$6).

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Place the entrance piece above the sides items and area a bracket on the inside corner and screw it restricted making absolutely sure the corners line up nicely.

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Repeat on both sides!

6.  Now comes the leading of the box which will be how the box opens.  This piece will be 24″ x 23″ (I obtained 24″ x 24″ inch particle items at Household Depot for only $1.28)!  The leading piece will slide to the back again of the bookcase so it will want to be trimmed on the sides as demonstrated under.

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I applied my jig saw to lower the leading piece particle board along the lower traces I experienced made with my ruler and pen.


7.  Apply caulk to exactly where all of the unique items of wood fulfill.

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Now make an additional a single and then you will have concluded the shelves element of the media wall device as demonstrated under.


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As you can see higher than we now want to make “the bench” element of the the media IKEA wall device.  I also extra an further shelf to the bookcase but that was just in order to absolutely hide the steel beam supports.


I designed the diagram under to enable you visualize the next techniques in building the bench element.  If you get bewildered at all you can refer to this diagram for clarification .

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Bench Building Tutorial

Generating the Foundation of the Bench

Action 1-  Decide how much length you want concerning the two shelving models (most probable based mostly on the dimension of your Tv set).  Measure both the duration and the depth.  Using a jigsaw or desk saw lower a piece of particle board to the dimension and area it on the ground concerning the two bookshelves.  This is your foundation piece.

Action two-  Decide how large you want the bench element to be then minus an inch (or the thickness of leading 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 centre of the foundation piece.  Secure the piece upright with four L-Brackets (two on each and every side of the centre piece) connecting the horizontal foundation piece to what we’ll refer to as the divider piece.

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Generating the Deal with of the Bench

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Notice: I applied MDF sheeting lower to dimension but you can use wood if you would like.

Action three-  Take a 1 x four and lower it into two items that are the height of your bench minus 1 inch (or the thickness of leading of the bench).  Place the first a single standing upright up coming to the left bookshelf.  Nail the base of it into the foundation piece (from Action 1).

Action four-  Do the identical issue with the other 1×4 on the appropriate side.

Action 5-  Measure the length concerning the two boards you just installed.  Cut two 1×4’s to this measurement.  Take a single of the boards and area it concerning the two vertical boards you just installed.  This board will be placed towards the ground and will be nailed to the foundation piece as nicely.

Action 6-  Place the other board in concerning the two vertical side boards so that the tops of the side boards line up seamlessly with it’s leading  Use a amount to make absolutely sure it is correctly horizontal and then nail into area by nailing it into the entrance close of the divider piece (from step two)

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

See photograph under.

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Action 7-  Measure the length concerning the horizontal base and leading boards that you just installed in step 5 and 6.  Cut a 1 x four to this duration and nail it vertically to the entrance close of the divider piece.

Generating the Major of the Bench

Action eight-

A) Now we will be putting in the aid boards to hold up the leading of the Bench.  Measure how tall you want the bench to be minus the thickness of the leading piece.  Draw a line (making absolutely sure it is amount) at this measurement on the sides of both bookshelves.

Location the leading of the aid board (needs to be at the very least an inch thick) along the traces you just drew and nail to the sides of the bookshelves

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B)  Measure for the leading of the bench seat (duration and depth).  Cut your wood to dimension and area it on aid boards and is should really also rest on leading of the Deal with of the bench.  You can either glue or nail into area.

Optional- Increase trim to your need.  I nailed a piece of trim to the entrance of the leading piece of the bench.

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I also extra a piece of baseboard trim to the base entrance of the full wall device.

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And lastly, I extra a piece of lattice trim to the side back again of the bookshelves to hide the gap concerning the shelves and the wall.

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And I have thought about including decorative pulls to the entrance of the packing containers but have not found the “right” types but!:-)

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So there you have it! If you have any thoughts make sure you be absolutely sure to talk to!!  We are loving our media wall device and I feel you will adore yours also (in particular how much the storage packing containers can hold and hide)!:-)

If you are fascinated in performing a shiplap wall therapy concerning the shelves you can perspective my step by step guidelines, Right here.
You can also perspective the complete funds-pleasant basement makeover reveal, Right here!  Have a great working day!!

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

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