Creating a customised, built-in bookshelf can easily cost upwards of $1,000. For blogger Noz Nozawa, this was not a practical option.
As an interior designer, Nozawa knew she could be resourceful and virtually make the same thing for less. Using a few IKEA Billy bookcases she bought off Craigslist, Nozawa created a faux built-in library for a total of $220, or one-fifth of what she would have spent if she wanted a real one.
We spoke with Nozawa and she taught us how she created this ingenious home library. Here’s how you can make one too.
Nozawa purchased her multiple bookcases through Craigslist. By incorporating different kinds of bookshelves, including 6-shelved ones and one with a built-in cabinet, the Billy bookcases came together to form a harmonious home library.
Starting at $49.99, you can also mix and match the different Billy varieties for a customised look.
'Billy bookcases are actually really short, and I didn't want them to look like they were just propped up against the wall,' said Nozawa.
To add height, Nozawa first measured the dimensions of the bookshelves and strip of white that perimetered the room's walls.
She then went to Home Depot to get customised, 7-inch tall plywood that would come together as the bookshelves' baseboards.
Nozawa's intent was to create an artificial baseboard that looked like it went around the bookshelves, thus creating a built-in effect. In order to do that, she painted the plywood to match the white strip on her wall.
Once the pieces were dry, Nozawa arranged the shelves in the way that she wanted, placing the bookshelf with the cabinet in the center of her home library. She then stacked the bookshelves on top of the baseboards.
Nozawa then tore off the back panels of the bookshelves because they were aged and cheap.
Whereas other bloggers have done similar projects and painted the back panels to create colour contrast, Nozawa chose not to do this because she did not want the back panels to show.
For those who want to create a colour contrast, Nozawa suggested, 'I recommend buying a thin piece of plywood and use that instead of the IKEA back panels so that it looks more furnished.'
Finally for a detailed touch of refinement, Nozawa used brass braces to support and unify the shelves.
The golden colour of the braces also created a bright contrast to the deep blue backdrop of the walls.
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