Published on June 30th, 2012 | by Jules IKEAHacker9
Living room built-in bookshelves and closets using BESTA shelves and PAX wardrobes
Materials: BESTA shelf and PAX wardrobe
Description: We had a largely unused wall in our living room and a mishmash of shelves and storage. We wanted something clean and integrated and a post of Centsational Girl provided the inspiration.
Our project took about 15-20 hours (a few hours here and there over the course of a week).
The space was 106″ long which was perfect for 2 – 39″ wide Pax wardrobes, 2 – 47″ wide BESTA shelves and 1 – 23″ wide BESTA shelf. We had to leave a little room because of the location of our return air grille.
We assembled the BESTA shelves first, and had to prop them up by about 4.5″ so that the 5.5″ baseboards we were using would just cover the bottom of the shelf. We built a base using 2x4s and 1x4s. The BESTA feet can be adjusted to level the shelves and provided a little bit of adjustability to get the height just right.
Then we assembled the PAX wardrobes. We used 1×6 material (which happens to be 5.5″ wide) to create a base and screwed that to the bottom of the PAX. This made it so the 5.5″ baseboards would perfectly fit underneath the doors, which cover the bottom of the pax. We also painted the flimsy backs of the PAX and BESTA units a light blue.
We screwed everything together and attached to the wall and added the baseboards.
See more of the Besta and Pax shelving.