Materials used: 2 Ikea Besta bookshelves / 1 piece of Alder plywood (4′ x 8′)/ stain, screws, and glue

We recently moved in to our new house in Phoenix area and the corner of our front room was super sad.

sad corner

We lasted about 5 months with this pathetic set up but eventually ran out of patience. Being a bit house poor, we tried to find a bookshelf solution that softened the corner that fit our budget- but couldn’t find a 90 degree bookshelf that didn’t put a serious dent in our depleted bank account. It was time for an Ikea hack. The plan was to wrap two Besta bookshelves with high quality plywood to give them a custom look with a continuous top.

We purchased two Ikea Besta bookshelves – $70 each. I then dropped by my local woodworkers store to find a piece of plywood. I settled on one 4’x8′ sheet of 3/4 Alder plywood, which ran around $100. I liked the alder because it had a nice clean, but distinct grain and is local to Arizona.

Mitre cuts were done on a table saw and the 45 degree corner cut was done with a circular saw and a handmade jig.

Before staining, I did a dry fit to make sure that all my measurements were accurate (or at least passable). Success!


When I knew my cut pieces would work, I hit everything with some pre-stain, stain and some satin polyurethane.I glued, clamped and countersunk screws from the inside of the bookshelf into the underside of the plywood. Without further ado, here’s the finished project.





As you’ll see in the next two photos the joints were not perfect, but that’s what you get when you’re working with a wall that has a 93 degree angle.



With all supplies, this Ikea hack cost under $300. Thanks for checking this out and happy hacking!