Repurpose a Room with an IKEA Billy Bookcase Hack

Repurpose a Room with an IKEA Billy Bookcase Hack

Misty Adair
May 4, 2010

Wasted space is so passé. Who needs a formal dining room anyway? Why not make that room usable more than twice a year and turn it into a library or a guest room or both? Let this IKEA hack inspire you to think outside the box.

We love it when people buck tradition and look at space in a new way. Leslye and Tron of Austin did just that by creating a multipurpose room in their former dining room. They positioned a futon in a custom crafted nook built from Ikea Billy bookcases. With the addition of a few colorful chairs, a cozy rug and a cocktail cart, Leslye + family were ready to enjoy their new library & more room.

The clever bookcase arrangement is separated into four sections, one for each family member to stock full of their favorite books and keepsakes. The lower cabinets with Nyckelby doors are perfect for storing board games and other random items. Want to try something like this yourself? Leslye explains how she and Tron pulled off their Ikea hack:
"The upper section is made of four Billy bookcases attached to the wall. We lined them up next to each other on the floor and secured them together with a 1x6 board screwed on back.Then, using lots of help from friends, we lifted them up to the wall and drilled through the back of each bookcase, through the 1x6 and into the wall.  Between the upper and lower bookcases is a layer made up of two sheets of hardwood plywood reinforced with a length of metal that's been bent into a 90 degree angle. Wood trim was attached to the front of this layer and stained to match the bookcases. It's hard to explain what took hours of drawing and figuring on paper!"

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