Published on June 23rd, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Bookcases to bay window seat

Cindy always wanted a window seat/bay window thing in her living room. Here’s how she fulfilled her wish with a few Traby bookcases.

She says, “I adapted some Traby bookcases to form a window seat that doubles as a daybed for visiting guests!

The units are basically different size Traby shelf units doubled up so that it’s wide enough to be a bed. I left out the back wall to the front set of shelves so that the hole goes all the way through. The holes can accommodate Bastant baskets.

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31 Responses to Bookcases to bay window seat

  1. Anonymous says:

    Did you need to reinforce the shelves or were they sturdy enough on their own?

  2. Just found this post, great idea! I linked to it on my blog:

  3. SOOOO creative…outstanding result!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. LisaT says:

    hi, I think I will copy Aleksandra and make this with Expedit. Anyone have an opinion on whether Expedit is more sturdy than Lack?

  5. Rparakh says:

    Aleksandra – can you please post a picture of your window seat? I’ve been dying to make one for my apartment and would love to see what you came up with :) Thanks!!

  6. Aleksandra says:

    I just copied this yesterday using the Expedit collection, and it’s awesome!!

    Totally sturdy, fits my space perfectly, and looks great. I got two of the 1x5s and four of the 2x2s, for a total of $320, plus the foam mattress. The bed surface is about 30×72 inches, which happens to be the exact size of a camper mattress– an alternative to getting an upholsterer to cut a piece of foam fabric.

    FYI, for those who are scratching their heads, wondering if this would fit in their room, the whole unit is a little less than 11 1/2 feet wide.

    Hope this helps!

  7. Anonymous says:

    would expedit work aswell? possibly one that it 2 boxes by 4 boxes?

  8. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    Maybe you should post on Craigslist to see if anyone has what you need that they aren’t using, or are willing to part with! What about eBay?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I, too want to add to my Traby collection with a couple more shelving units, and am VERY disappointed that Ikea has discontinued them. It would be helpful if Ikea would make available information on where customers can continue to purchase component parts/add ons for lines like Traby that they have discontinued carrying.

  10. Cláudia says:

    I’m in the same situation… I’m missing a couple of traby doors and now i can’t find them anywhere!

    We should start a internet campaign or something called “Bring Traby Back”! :(

  11. Ronetna says:

    I’m sad the Traby is being discontinued. I can’t find them in the Ikea website any longer, and I need some more modules to complement a previous configuration I currently have.
    Someone said they were expensive, but the finish was way better than things like Billy and Expedit. Just look at the solid feel of the backing board in Traby – they are not cheap cardboard, but veneered plywood.
    All in all, I believe this policy in Ikea is bad for consumers. What is the point of buying modular furniture like Traby, if, when it comes time to expand your configuration after a few months, they are off the market and discontinued? Shame on you, Ikea.

  12. Cindy says:

    Video is up!

    The bookshelves cost me $600.

  13. Malaysia SEO says:

    How much does the whole things cost? I intend to get a carpenter to customize for me, it seems i can do it by myself! J

  14. VintageVamp says:

    Fantastic! One of the best hacks I’ve seen!

  15. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    This looks really nice! I like it.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I love it! Great job.

  17. Cindy says:

    Hi everyone! Thanks for all the lovely comments! To answer some questions, I had a local upholsterer dude cut a foam sponge thing to the dimensions of the bed area. As for the configuration, I hope to post a video of the hack soon so you can see how it’s arranged. I’ll add the link here once I’m done. Thanks again!

  18. jbstyle says:

    Re using expedit, I don’t know that they would be strong enough to use as a daybed, would they?

  19. K says:

    The Billy Stuff might work — though the doors wouldn’t work for setting the bookcases on their sides.

  20. Kristen says:

    i love this hack!! I wish I had a window this would work under…

  21. Anonymous says:

    what did she use for a mattress there? A regular mattress or what? A twin bunk mattress? Something homemade?

  22. Mark says:

    Great stuff!!!

    I love the Traby stuff, but It looks like all the Traby stuff is discontinued? Or am I missing it.

    I used it to make a bed frame. 5 down each side and 3 at the front. Some plywood on top and voila. Store winter/summer stuff in the void underneath and socks, magazines, small garbage can etc in the other cubbies.

    I was hoping to get more drawers (have 1 at each side of the head of the bed for ‘bed side table’ stuff). Sucks.

  23. dnlandes says:

    This is fabulous. It makes me very sad they are discontinuing the Traby doors.

  24. K says:

    Wow! That is just lovely! Great Job!

  25. Dio says:

    Could we get some more photos or a link to a how-to?

    In specific, I’d like to see the bed without the mattress, so that it’s clear how the Traby units were used to construct the bed, and how they’re configured.



  26. Felix says:

    very nice. I find träby rather expensive, though. I agree that expedit might also work.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Would Expedit work?

  28. Kathryn says:

    That is so awesome! What a beautiful way to create a comfortable seating area and a ton of storage space, all in one whack!

  29. Di says:

    Nice! Very classy!

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