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15 Ways to Customize Your IKEA Bookshelves

March 6, 2019

Built-in bookshelves add so much character and interest to a room. If you love them but are scared of the price tag, check out these customized IKEA pieces! You will not believe how amazing a Billy bookcase hack can look. These 15 tutorials will inspire you to create your own IKEA built-in bookshelves!

15 ways to customize IKEA bookshelves


One of my favorite things to look at on Pinterest are the AMAZING things people do with simple IKEA pieces. People are so dang creative! When I say some of these leave me speechless, I am not even kidding. Some of my favorites are the built-in bookshelves. I love the look of built-ins, especially when they have something special about them that sets them apart. These clever ideas, especially the Billy bookcase hacks, all have a little something special and leave me seriously pondering where I can squeeze some in my home!

The great thing about starting with a basic IKEA bookcase, like the Billy bookcase, is that anyone can put their own creative spin on them and stay within their budget. Pops of color, legs, doors, and fun decorative touches are just some of the ways you can dress up their bookshelves and built-ins.  Get ready to get crazy inspired by these 15 tutorials!

15 Ways to Customize IKEA Book Shelves

Extended bookcases with an antique ladder by The Lily Pad CottageIKEA built in hack with ladder

Contrasting facing and vented bottoms by Irene Edwards for LonnyIKEA built ins with contrasting facing

Gilded bookshelf with marble shelves by Jacquelyn Clark for Style Me Prettygold IKEA book shelf

Black and brass sconces on a library built in by Remington Avenue IKEA built ins with sconces

Playroom built-ins with a wood focal wall by Bless'er Houseplayroom built ins with shiplap wall

Reading nook with daybed by Bright Green Doorreading nook with IKEA built in bookshelves

Sponge painted bookcase back by Centsational Stylepainted back of IKEA book shelves

Bookcase with glass doors by Kath Eats Real FoodIKEA shelves with glass doors

Playroom storage with baskets by Bless'er HouseIKEA playroom storage with baskets

Slim stand-alone bookcase with legs by Delia CreatesIKEA bookcase with legs

Hanging grey shelving with drawers by Design 69grey IKEA built in shelves

Entertainment unit with storage from Just a Girl and Her Blog  entertainment center built ins

Built-ins on either side of bedroom french doors by Centsational Girl

IKEA built ins framing french doors

Moulding joining three Billy bookcases by Claire Brody DesignsIKEA built ins with molding

Home office storage by Just a Girl and Her BlogIKEA built ins with storage

Aren't these inspiring? I love the ones with color (of course!) and the built in bookshelves with a variety of storage options in one piece. Don't ever think you can't achieve a built in look on a budget. Before you jump in the car to drive to IKEA, check out my free design guides below. Love your whole room and all the decor, not just your Billy bookcase hack!

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