Who doesn’t love to use Ikea for home decorating projects? I had a spare shelf unit that I never put together and I figured that I should spruce it up a bit and make it into a bench and a shelf. Give it an identity that was unique and decorate my house a bit you know? Now you don’t need any decor classes to put this furniture together, I promise you it’s extremely easy. So I had everything that I needed in my shop which was the Ikea shelf unit, some pieces of lumber, screws/power drill, paint, stain, spackling and a sanding block. The first thing I did was measure the width and length of my shelf unit and cut the lumber according to those measurements (see video). Then I sanded them down and conditioned the wood that I would be using as the bench part (this is optional, I had time), let that dry and stain the top pieces of wood (I was able to fit 3 pieces). After you complete that then again we have to let it dry completely and apply the poly (and yes let it dry!).
Now that we have prepped the wood components fully, it’s time to put the shelving unit together. I took about 30-35 minutes to complete my shelving unit. So my 3 pieces of wood were lined up flush on the floor and I flipped the unit over to rest on it with about an inch space on both ends. Stay with me now because this is where the real back-breaking work comes in, literally. We now have to use the holes already in my Ikea shelf and drill corresponding holes for the screws that I need to put in to secure the wood to the shelf. This has to be done (ready?) all of 36 times! I had to make sure that there was no sliding of that wood once I tipped it over. Next, I incorporated some trim for the edges because I want this to look pretty damn official in the man cave, just be careful to not drill into the area where there are already screws in the shelf ok? Finally, it’s time to board up the back of the shelf bench (I used 2 pieces of wood for this that I had painted white to match the shelf) and secured them with the screws on the ends and to the separating boards in the shelf unit. That’s it! Put a throw cushion on there and lounge away!
Measuring up my boards for the shelf unit. | apartment decor ideas
Now it’s time to cut according to the measurements I got from the shelf. | decor room ideas
These are the pieces I got after I was finished. | custom decorative designs
It’s fun time again kids, the perilous sanding of the wood!
I am staining the conditioned wood (you don’t have to condition first, it’s optional) | summer decor ideas
After my stain dried, it was time to put on the poly! | decor designer
Painting the boards that go to the back of the shelf white.
It’s time folks to put our Ikea shelf together.
My finished shelf, ready to meet the newest addition.
I had the 3 pieces of wood lined up flush on the floor.
Get ready for this, I was drilling for a while!
The easy part was applying the trim to the base of the bench.
Yes, this entire project involved me drilling away on the floor!
Who’s up for a game of dominoes? Lady sure is interested.
Another angle of my shelf bench all spruced up!