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Published on November 8th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


wall display cabinet for books

am posting more hacks today as i’ll be away the next couple of days and most probably not have access to a computer. this one is from michele. i like how great it looks. best thing is, it saves space and you don’t have to clean around the cabinets.


“my family has too many books and a long narrow hallway. we set the bertby glass door wall cabinet between the studs in the wall. they are perfect for paperbacks! ikea stuff is like tinker toys for adults.”

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Jules Yap

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9 Responses to wall display cabinet for books

  1. Just Human says:

    This is a great hack! I was just looking at custom cabinet options and this looks a lot more economical

  2. Claudia says:

    that’s really cool, that would save tons of space at my house…

  3. Baly says:

    Yeah, ditto, this looks fantastic. Such an easy way to get a built-in look!

  4. Anonymous says:

    thanks, Michelle! I’m anonymous only because I don’t have a google account and it was easier than creating one. Really appreciate your answers. Great idea about the wood strips for finishing, and the 2×4′s for support!


  5. Michele says:

    Thanks all for the great compliments.
    As to the anonymous post;
    1) The 16″ refers to the door, not the shelves. The “box” that make up the shelves is just over 13″(33cm)
    2) Concerning the door swing. The cabinet projects 3″ from wall. 3.5″ (9cm) with door shut.
    3) We screwed the box thru the sides into the studs. We also have added 2 by 4 sections underneath for added support.
    Because I really hate to do a lot of plaster work on corners and I didn’t know if it would eventually crack we added flat strips wood molding (lattice strips) around the box to finish the wall/cabinet area.

  6. Anonymous says:

    3 practical questions for this very useful hack!
    1) The Ikea catalogue states that these are 16.5 inches wide, which leads people to think that they are too wide for between-stud installation. Is the actual box narrower in width than 16 inches?
    2) How did you mount it so that the door will open. I looked at the instructions posted at, and it looks like the door is wider than the box, needing space to swing into the wall when you open it?
    3) Please post details on how you mounted it between the studs- the nitty gritty, please.


  7. Adam Snider says:

    Wow! That’s a great idea. I might have to consider something like that if I manage to buy the condo I’m hoping to buy.

  8. Renata says:

    That’s great! Those look like built-ins (at least from this angle), and put so much storage out of the way. Brilliant :) . I totally approve. I can’t see if you put any fun paper on the back though, which is always a lovely decorative touch.

  9. Anonymous says:

    That is flipping genius! The depth is an issue, but I see from the photo they are slightly external. Very nice.

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