How to Create a Custom Built-in Bookshelf: An IKEA Hack

With a little bit of creativity, it’s possible to transform their basic items into a custom built-in bookshelf piece that fits your space and style perfectly. In this post, we’ll guide you through the process of creating a built-in bookshelf using IKEA PAX wardrobes and KOMPLEMENT drawers, as demonstrated by @theporcheplace.

Materials Needed for built-in bookshelf

For this project, you will need:

  • 4 PAX Wardrobes
  • 12 KOMPLEMENT Drawers
  • Custom Face Plates for Each Drawer
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint (SW Soft Sage was used in this example)
  • Hardware for Each Drawer

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Assemble the IKEA Items

Start by assembling the PAX wardrobes and KOMPLEMENT drawers as per IKEA’s instructions.

Step 2: Create Custom Face Plates

Make custom face plates for each of your drawers. This will give your bookshelf a unique and polished look.

Step 3: Fill Pre-Drilled Holes

Next, use wood filler to fill in the pre-drilled holes on the drawers. This step ensures a smooth and seamless finish.

Step 4: Sand the Drawers

Once the wood filler has dried, sand the drawers to create a smooth surface. This will help your paint adhere better.

Step 5: Paint the Drawers

After sanding, paint your drawers. In this example, @theporcheplace used SW Soft Sage, but you can choose any color that matches your home décor.

Step 6: Add Hardware

The final step is to add hardware to each drawer. Choose pieces that complement your paint color and overall room aesthetic.


With these steps, you’ve transformed your IKEA PAX wardrobes and KOMPLEMENT drawers into a stylish custom built-in bookshelf. This project perfectly shows how IKEA hacks can add a custom, high-end look to your home.

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