19 Ingenious IKEA Billy Bookcase HacksThese Ikea built ins have been been a long time coming. Even though the majority of the structure comes from tall IKEA Billy bookcases, you would never guess these built ins were actually inexpensive laminate furniture. All of the little details that make flat pack furniture look cheap have been removed or covered up including those cheap cardboard backs, the millions of holes for shelf pins, and the ugly toe kick at the bottom. This whole project started way back in when I decided I wanted a wall of built in bookcases in our living room to add style and storage. Huge built-in bookcases are incredibly expensive, so I decided to save money by using IKEA Billy bookcases and just adding molding to make them look built in. The problem was I never quite managed to turn them into the built ins of my dreams. So back in , I added some trim to connect all of my Billy bookcases together into one unit and hide the ugly toe kick and called it a day.
IKEA Hack - Custom Built In - Billy Bookcase
15 Fancy IKEA Hacks That Only Look Super Expensive
The BILLY bookcase is pretty straightforward to build right out of the box , or you can get creative and make elaborate storage that looks great. The ScrapHacker had four BILLY bookcases left over from his poor student days, but they were not a good fit for his grown-up apartment. Did he kick them to the curb? Thanks to new-and-improved production methods, the BILLY bookcase costs less today than it did when it launched in However, savvy penny-pinchers like Noz Nozawa know you can buy these affordable shelving units at bargain basement prices in gently used condition on Craigslist. Stores like Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel sell glass-front bookshelves for thousands of dollars. She loved the final result so much it inspired her to makeover the entire kitchen.
Assemble the flat-packs
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It's no secret one of the biggest reasons this Swedish retailer is popular is because it's affordable — but that doesn't mean you want your bookshelves or headboard to look like they were a steal. Don't worry: These makeovers will have you doubting that your furniture really arrived on your doorstep in a flat pack. When your home is a gorgeous historic structure like this bloggers, IKEA furniture stands out like a sore thumb. Can you believe this stunning piece is made out of IKEA cabinets? Gold pulls and a sleek black surface gives it an upscale finish.