Library Build Day 10 – Cornice Up

Yesterday’s order from the hardware arrived early which meant two things; 1. I was again grateful my house has a long corridor and that the lounge room is so big. The lengths of timber and cornice I ordered yesterday are 5.4 meters long. Where do you store that? And, 2. It’s time to make these…

Library Build Day 9 – False Walls

With the help of some thin MDF, there are now false walls between the top of the Ikea Billy units and the ceiling. There is a slight gap (we did that on purpose), but that will be covered by the new cornice. If you’re not sure what cornice is, look up at the connection between…

Library Build Day 7 – Break

Dad had asked to have today off to visit a mate. I mean really, so hard to find reliable help these days! Seriously though, it was good to have a break. There were many cups of tea while staring at my wall of Ikea Billy shelving. There may have even been a few deep sighs…

Library Build Day 6 – And Yet More Shelves

Look at all that book storage! The last Ikea Billy units get installed today. I assembled what I could last night, but sliding the backing pieces into each frame requires more hands than I possess. Dad and I had our separate tasks today, me finalising the assembly, him working through the installation. We each called…

Library Build Day 5 – Installing More Shelves

Now that Dad and I have our groove on, we can install Ikea Billy units pretty easily. Today, we needed to install more wall batons before the other three half height units could go in. But we needed to make sure those batons wouldn’t overhang were the units would go to. How’s the maths brain…

Library Build Day 4 – Starting the Installation

It’s the day! The first Ikea Billy units are actually being installed! Working out from the corner box, we planned to install two tall and two half height units. And, if possible, the extension units on top of the full height as well. It’s important to work out from the corner box to ensure there…

Library Build Day 3 – The Corner Box

Do you know how much forward planning and maths goes into figuring out how to build a corner box? Neither did I. But when one wall has full-height Ikea Billy units, and the other has half-height Ikea Billy units, they have to meet somewhere, without blocking you from accessing either. This means a lot of…

Library Build Day 2 – Timber and Batons

With the room ready for building, dad and I started the day by shopping for all the timber we’d need to act as various supports for the bookshelf. Not only do you want any bookshelf to be affixed to the wall, but if you are planning on building it in, those shelves need to be…

Library Build Day 1 – Moving the electricals

Have you ever realised that power points and TV antenna wall sockets are all close to the floor? It’s super handy for hiding behind furniture. Not so handy when you want to permanently affix furniture to the wall in front of said points. Luckily, my amazing dad can move things like power points. But knowing…

Library Build – Preparation

Before any renovation can start, you need to do your preparation! Figure out the plan, check the measurements, know what style you’re hoping to achieve. Ikea have full measurements of their products online so I could easily check the dimensions of the various Billy units, of which, there are several. My lounge room is big…