Making An Ikea Bookcase Look Built In (& Painting The Back) | Young House LoveWe thought a bit about placement and quickly realized that the area to the left of the uncentered window on the far wall of the room would be the best place for a bookcase, so we headed off to Ikea with the measurements of that wall on a little scrap of paper in my purse. About ten minutes of sawing left us with this nicely customized setup. And when we stepped back and surveyed the full scene we loved how the bookcase added some much-needed balance to the entire wall. The height that it introduced on the right side of the wall really worked with the height of the window to the left. And the fact that it tucked right in next to our sleeper sofa without feeling crowded thanks to the modest footprint of the bookcase was the icing on the cake. But there was something that totally rubbed us the wrong way about Billy. The thin cardboard-ish back panel was folded into thirds in the flat-packed box, so when we unfolded it and secured it to the back of the bookcase with small finish nails it still had some telltale creases and looked a bit shoddy to boot.
Making An Ikea Bookcase Look Built In (& Painting The Back)
It's Metafilter's 20th anniversary! To celebrate, scan some cats or help fund Mefi! Are there low-end bookcases without the cardboard-like back? I think this looks a bit corny, and I've seen thin backs get absolutely destroyed. Target's bookcases aren't any better. I'll buy a bookcase like this if I have to, but - are there any places that sell relatively inexpensive bookcases with actual wooden backs? I'm not sure where you live, but in both Durham, NC, and Atlanta, GA USA , there are unfinished furniture stores where you can buy all kinds of furniture made out of solid wood.
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Kylie writes: This DIY project takes place in my home office. At one the end of the room, the ceiling is lower to allow for bathroom plumbing on the second storey and the bulkhead ceiling has created a nook that lends itself to built-in bookcases. Two, maybe three years later more like four , we finally got tired of working among piles of books and paperwork and decided to bite the bullet on the bookcase project. That's when we decided that we would build the bookcase ourselves - and there was no better to place to start than with our favourite Scandinavian flat-packs! In our case, we chose:.