Wooden battens (L-section) – buy 2.5 meter long battens that you will cut to the desired length Optional: Wooden batten (flat) to reinforce the frames 4 x Hinges (2 for each door) Raffia matting (natural) Wood glue
1. I started with positioning the 2 BILLY bookshelves side by side where I wanted them to be.
2. Then, I took measurements of the frames and decided where I’d like to position the doors. (Do take into consideration how the doors will be fixed to the shelves as it may add a few millimeters to the measurements.)
3. Next, I built the 2 wooden frames. I used a miter saw to cut the battens (L-section), fixed them together with glue and reinforced the joints with staples. (If you don’t have a miter saw, you can use a handsaw with a miter box.)
4. I cut the raffia mat to fit the frames and fixed it in place with a staple gun to the wooden frames. (Make sure the staples are not too long – in my case I chose 5mm staples because the battens were rather thin.)
5. Optional: I didn’t do this but you might consider reinforcing the frames on the inside with a wooden batten (flat). This will make the frames stronger and easier to attach the screws for the hinges.
6. I measured where to position the hinges on the doors, which was 10cm from the edge.
7. Lastly, I installed the hinges on the doors and then fix them onto the BILLY bookshelves. You will need a drill for this step.
For the bottom shelves I fixed a flat 2mm wooden batten along the bottom of the BILLY frame to compensate the ½ centimeter gap between the bottom shelf and the sides of the frame. Have a look at the picture below and you’ll understand.
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