DIY Built-In Media IKEA Wall Unit with Extra Storage

Kennith Bogan

Do-it-yourself Built-In Media IKEA Wall Unit with Additional Storage produced from an IKEA bookcase. Get a establish in glimpse on a budget and even install it on your own. 

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Hello there, Remodelaholics!  I am Tamara back again all over again from Provident Home Structure wherever I share residence Do-it-yourself tasks and decorating thoughts on a budget!  I certainly believe that you can achieve a magazine attractive residence on even a little budget.

I recently turned my kid’s messy basement playroom into an structured, interesting kid’s hangout retreat (they actually want to devote time down there now)!

We wanted much more storage for the little ones toys and a way to conceal a few of steel beam supports in the completed section of our basement (about 200 sqft).

Both of those the mess and the beams had been key eyesores which can be noticed in the photo down below!

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The remedy to these eyesores was making a Media Wall Unit with lots of toy storage!  I built it around the beams so that they would be concealed killing two birds with 1 stone!

Media Wall Program

I was inspired by this media wall technique and absolutely adore it… see it at Pottery Barn Little ones (affiliate connection).

BUT I had no wherever in the vicinity of $one,seven hundred to devote on it.  I did have $a hundred to devote and which is how a great deal it expense to make the total media wall unit revealed down below!

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Consider it or not this undertaking starts with 2 Ikea Gersby Bookcases (only $25 every)!

So let us start off!

Bookshelves Making Tutorial

Abide by these actions to get this IKEA wall unit media middle glimpse.

Construct the Bookshelves

one.   Initial, put the Ikea bookcase together next the guidelines in the package deal (it is really uncomplicated).  At this issue you can go away off the removable shelves.

2.   Upcoming, you will start off earning the box section that attaches to the bookcase so you will require to get the box pieces cut.

Under are the measurements I made use of for every facet of the box (not like the major).  I made use of particle board which is really strong but considerably less costly than wooden.

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three.  Keep the remaining facet piece of particle board future to the bookcase as revealed down below and with a drill screw a screw into a modest 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 major and 1 on the base.

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four.  Repeat the above move for the right facet particle board part.  After the remaining facet and right facet boards are attached it will glimpse like the photo down below.

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Optional:  If you want your cabinet box to have a base now is the time to slide it in as revealed above.  Usually the base will just be the flooring floor it is resting on.

five.  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.

Tip:  Walmart has a really great cost on their “Corner Braces”.  They offer a four-pk. for around $2 (other destinations it’s $four-$six).

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Placement the front piece over the sides pieces and place a bracket on the inside of corner and screw it restricted earning confident the corners line up very well.

How and where to put the L brackets


Repeat on both of those sides!

six.  Now comes the major of the box which will be how the box opens.  This piece will be 24″ x 23″ (I acquired 24″ x 24″ inch particle pieces at Home Depot for only $one.28)!  The major piece will slide to the back again of the bookcase so it will require to be trimmed on the sides as revealed down below.

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I made use of my jig saw to slice the major piece particle board together the slice lines I had made with my ruler and pen.


seven.  Apply caulk to wherever all of the different pieces of wooden meet up with.

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Now make an additional 1 and then you will have accomplished the cabinets section of the media wall unit as revealed down below.


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As you can see above we now require to make “the bench” section of the the media IKEA wall unit.  I also extra an added shelf to the bookcase but that was just in purchase to totally conceal the steel beam supports.


I produced the diagram down below to support you visualize the next actions in making the bench section.  If you get puzzled at all you can refer to this diagram for clarification .

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Bench Making Tutorial

Generating the Foundation of the Bench

Phase one-  Decide how a great deal distance you want among the two shelving models (most very likely based upon the size of your Television set).  Measure both of those the duration and the depth.  Using a jigsaw or table observed slice a piece of particle board to the size and place it on the flooring among the 2 bookshelves.  This is your base piece.

Phase 2-  Decide how higher you want the bench section to be then minus an inch (or the thickness of major 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 base piece.  Secure the piece upright with four L-Brackets (2 on every facet of the middle piece) connecting the horizontal base piece to what we’ll refer to as the divider piece.

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Generating the Facial area of the Bench

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Take note: I made use of MDF sheeting slice to size but you can use wooden if you would like.

Phase three-  Take a one x four and slice it into 2 pieces that are the peak of your bench minus one inch (or the thickness of major of the bench).  Place the to start with 1 standing upright future to the remaining bookshelf.  Nail the base of it into the base piece (from Phase one).

Phase four-  Do the same detail with the other 1×4 on the right facet.

Phase five-  Measure the distance among the two boards you just installed.  Cut two 1×4’s to this measurement.  Take 1 of the boards and place it among the 2 vertical boards you just installed.  This board will be placed from the flooring and will be nailed to the base piece as very well.

Phase six-  Place the other board in among the two vertical facet boards so that the tops of the facet boards line up seamlessly with it’s major  Use a stage to make confident it is beautifully horizontal and then nail into place by nailing it into the front end of the divider piece (from move 2)

Secure the major board to the facet boards with a connecting piece of wooden (nailed on the inside of of the bench) and do on both of those sides.

See photo down below.

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Phase seven-  Measure the distance among the horizontal base and major boards that you just installed in move five and six.  Cut a one x four to this duration and nail it vertically to the front end of the divider piece.

Generating the Top of the Bench

Phase eight-

A) Now we will be putting in the help boards to keep up the major of the Bench.  Measure how tall you want the bench to be minus the thickness of the major piece.  Draw a line (earning confident it is stage) at this measurement on the sides of both of those bookshelves.

Spot the major of the help board (requires to be at the very least an inch thick) together the lines you just drew and nail to the sides of the bookshelves

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B)  Measure for the major of the bench seat (duration and depth).  Cut your wooden to size and place it on help boards and is should really also relaxation on major of the Facial area of the bench.  You can possibly glue or nail into place.

Optional- Incorporate trim to your need.  I nailed a piece of trim to the front of the major piece of the bench.

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I also extra a piece of baseboard trim to the base front of the total wall unit.

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And lastly, I extra a piece of lattice trim to the facet back again of the bookshelves to conceal the hole among the cabinets and the wall.

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And I have assumed about including ornamental pulls to the front of the bins but haven’t discovered the “right” ones yet!:-)

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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 please be confident to ask!!  We are loving our media wall unit and I consider you will adore yours much too (particularly how a great deal the storage bins can keep and conceal)!:-)

If you are fascinated in undertaking a shiplap wall treatment among the cabinets you can look at my move by move guidelines, Here.
You can also look at the total budget-welcoming basement makeover expose, Here!  Have a wonderful working day!!

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Initially posted April 23, 2016 // Up-to-date April eight, 2020

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