DIY Built-In Media IKEA Wall Unit with Extra Storage

Diy Constructed-In Media IKEA Wall Unit with Added Storage produced from an IKEA bookcase. Get a develop in seem on a budget and even set up it yourself. 

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Howdy, Remodelaholics!  I am Tamara back once more from Provident Home Style and design where I share property Diy assignments and decorating strategies on a budget!  I really believe that you can realize a magazine lovely property on even a very small budget.

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

We necessary additional storage for the youngsters toys and a way to disguise a few of steel beam supports in the finished section of our basement (about 200 sqft).

The two the mess and the beams ended up main eyesores which can be noticed in the photograph beneath!

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The solution to these eyesores was creating a Media Wall Unit with loads of toy storage!  I developed it all-around the beams so that they would be hidden killing two birds with one stone!

Media Wall Approach

I was impressed by this media wall process and definitely really like it… see it at Pottery Barn Young ones (affiliate website link).

BUT I had no where in the vicinity of $one,seven-hundred to commit on it.  I did have $one hundred to commit and which is how a lot it cost to make the whole media wall unit shown beneath!

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Believe that it or not this venture starts with 2 Ikea Gersby Bookcases (only $25 just about every)!

So let’s begin!

Bookshelves Setting up Tutorial

Comply with these actions to get this IKEA wall unit media center seem.

Develop the Bookshelves

one.   Very first, put the Ikea bookcase together following the instructions in the deal (it is pretty very simple).  At this place you can go away off the removable shelves.

2.   Next, you will begin producing the box section that attaches to the bookcase so you will want to get the box pieces cut.

Beneath are the measurements I employed for just about every aspect of the box (not which include the major).  I employed particle board which is pretty durable but fewer expensive than wooden.

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three.  Hold the left aspect piece of particle board future to the bookcase as shown beneath 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 one in the bookcase holding the two alongside one another.  Do one on the major and one on the bottom.

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4.  Repeat the higher than action for the correct aspect particle board portion.  After the left aspect and correct aspect boards are attached it will seem like the photograph beneath.

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

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

Idea:  Walmart has a really excellent value on their “Corner Braces”.  They market a 4-pk. for all-around $2 (other destinations it is $4-$6).

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Posture the front piece above the sides items and place a bracket on the inside corner and screw it restricted producing confident the corners line up effectively.

How and where to put the L brackets


Repeat on equally sides!

6.  Now comes the major of the box which will be how the box opens.  This piece will be 24″ x 23″ (I received 24″ x 24″ inch particle items at Home Depot for only $one.28)!  The major piece will slide to the back of the bookcase so it will want to be trimmed on the sides as shown beneath.

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I employed my jig saw to reduce the major piece particle board alongside the reduce traces I had manufactured with my ruler and pen.


7.  Utilize caulk to where all of the distinct items of wooden meet.

caulking edges on a media wall for a nice clean look at


Now make an additional one and then you will have done the cabinets section of the media wall unit as shown beneath.


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As you can see higher than we now want to make “the bench” section of the the media IKEA wall unit.  I also extra an more shelf to the bookcase but that was just in purchase to entirely disguise the steel beam supports.


I produced the diagram beneath to assistance you visualize the following actions in creating the bench section.  If you get baffled at all you can refer to this diagram for clarification .

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Bench Setting up Tutorial

Making the Basis of the Bench

Phase one-  Decide how a lot length you want amongst the two shelving units (most most likely based mostly upon the dimension of your Tv).  Measure equally the length and the depth.  Using a jigsaw or desk observed reduce a piece of particle board to the dimension and place it on the flooring amongst the 2 bookshelves.  This is your foundation piece.

Phase 2-  Decide how substantial 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 height you just calculated.

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

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Making the Deal with of the Bench

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Take note: I employed MDF sheeting reduce to dimension but you can use wooden if you would like.

Phase three-  Take a one x 4 and reduce it into 2 items that are the height of your bench minus one inch (or the thickness of major of the bench).  Place the first one standing upright future to the left bookshelf.  Nail the bottom of it into the foundation piece (from Phase one).

Phase 4-  Do the exact same point with the other 1×4 on the correct aspect.

Phase 5-  Measure the length amongst the two boards you just set up.  Cut two 1×4’s to this measurement.  Take one of the boards and place it amongst the 2 vertical boards you just set up.  This board will be placed versus the flooring and will be nailed to the foundation piece as effectively.

Phase 6-  Place the other board in amongst the two vertical aspect boards so that the tops of the aspect boards line up seamlessly with it is major  Use a stage to make confident it is perfectly horizontal and then nail into place by nailing it into the front finish of the divider piece (from action 2)

Safe the major board to the aspect boards with a connecting piece of wooden (nailed on the inside of the bench) and do on equally sides.

See photograph beneath.

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Phase 7-  Measure the length amongst the horizontal bottom and major boards that you just set up in action 5 and 6.  Cut a one x 4 to this length and nail it vertically to the front finish of the divider piece.

Making the Top rated of the Bench

Phase 8-

A) Now we will be installing the assist 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 (producing confident it is stage) at this measurement on the sides of equally bookshelves.

Spot the major of the assist board (requirements to be at minimum an inch thick) alongside the traces you just drew and nail to the sides of the bookshelves

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B)  Measure for the major of the bench seat (length and depth).  Cut your wooden to dimension and place it on assist boards and is really should also relaxation on major of the Deal with of the bench.  You can either glue or nail into place.

Optional- Include trim to your drive.  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 bottom front of the total wall unit.

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Lastly, I extra a piece of lattice trim to the aspect back of the bookshelves to disguise the gap amongst the cabinets and the wall.

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And I’ve thought about adding ornamental pulls to the front of the boxes but have not identified the “right” ones yet!:-)

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So there you have it! If you have any concerns remember to be confident to check with!!  We are loving our media wall unit and I assume you will really like yours much too (in particular how a lot the storage boxes can keep and disguise)!:-)

If you are fascinated in executing a shiplap wall cure amongst the cabinets you can check out my action by action instructions, Listed here.
You can also check out the whole budget-pleasant basement makeover reveal, Listed here!  Have a fantastic working day!!

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Initially posted April 23, 2016 // Up-to-date April 8, 2020

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