First off I want to state that I am not responsible for any damage or injury which may occur from assembling or using a cabinet like this. There is a lot of glass here so be careful.
A few years ago I spend a long time looking something nice to store and display my growing puzzle collection. I looked at curio cabinets but found them to typically cost much more than I wanted to spend. Also, they would only have a small number of shelves with a lot of space between them. Puzzles are typically small so I didn’t need so much empty space and I really wanted to avoid stacking puzzles.
Then I discovered Ikea.
I use the following from Ikea:Billy Bookcase, BlackBilly Morebo Glass Door (X2)Billy Extra Shelf, Glass (as many as you want, I used 14)Dioder LED Multi-use Light, White
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After unpacking the bookcase I put aside the 5 included shelves (4 adjustable and 1 fixed). I don’t use them for this since I have the glass shelves. I’m still playing around with ideas for what to do with them. As you can see, the sides of the bookcase have a large number of holes for the adjustable shelves but they don’t run all the way, there are gaps between each section where they assume someone would place a shelf as well as large areas at the top and bottom without any holes.
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I want more freedom for shelf placement so I added more holes.
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For the lights I identify the top piece and measure out where I want to place them. I then mount the small plastic brackets and drill holes through the top piece for the wiring so that it is out of sight.
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Next I assemble the bookshelf following Ikea’s instructions with the exception of the fixed center shelf, I don’t use it.
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Here you can see the wiring for the lights coming out of the top piece. I use some tape to help keep the wiring out of the way as well as cover the holes.
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Since the back piece of the bookcase is just painted cardboard pre-folded in 3 sections it tends to want to flex a lot. This is more of an issue for me since I am not using the fixed center shelf which the back piece would normally be nailed to. So what I do to help is fold up some pieces of cardboard (from the packaging) so that it is 4 layers thick and tape it to the back. When the bookcase is placed against a wall these cardboard pieces will prevent the flexible back pieces from being pushed back which could possible pop it out of the slots in the side pieces.
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This is a tall bookcase which will have heavy glass doors mounted to it so I use the included bracket to anchor it to the wall. In my new house the room I am placing it in has a drop ceiling which is not much higher than the top of the bookcase so I used the drop ceiling brackets for my anchor point.
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For unknown reasons Ikea puts stickers on the glass shelves even though they are sold wrapped in cardboard with all the product identification labels and bar codes on the cardboard. Some Goo Gone and Windex will help remove them. After installing the shelves and mounting the doors I like to use Windex Wipes to remove fingerprints.
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To be continued...