I like libraries like Ikea’s Practical Libraries. What’s more, I’m upset that such product lines are no longer being produced. These products have very useful and clean lines. In my opinion, the main problem is that these products offer their usefulness to customers along with a style, and they do so in response to quite lucrative amounts. As we all know, there are a lot of boxes in the market that can be used to replace such libraries, but what if you already have one or more of these boxes and these boxes don’t fit your style? These boxes are quite functional but they don’t look too good.
Pretty nice look, isn’t it? The important thing is that I don’t hate to fancy some of the tools and I don’t like what I already have. This is also unfortunate when you have a very bad library in your home. In this article I’m going to offer you a method that is very cheap (even free) and that eliminates the need for you to buy new boxes to create a library. Are you ready? So let’s start.
Materials we need:
- Foam Sheet
- Fabric for your selection
- Measuring scale
- Utility knife, sharp knife
- Silicon, or adhesive tapes
Step 1: Measure the mouth of your library with the meter. Mine arrived at 13.25 square inches.
Step 2: Measure your foam plate and cut it properly. These foam sheet pieces you cut will serve as a door in your library. Separate this plate into rectangles, 1 inch smaller than the size you measured. So you get 13.25 × 12.25 inches the size of the rectangles you are separating. Tip: If your plate is not cut properly, cut the blade you are using. The blade you are using must have excellent cutting ability.
Tip: When measuring the width, make a cut at a point less than the actual width. Thus, our slab will stand more seated. In addition, the fabric will be wrapped with the fabric, there will be a share of the fabric.
A clean cut, right? That’s because I changed my own knife. It’s an action that will take you two minutes, but believe me, it’s worth it.
Step 3: Cut the fabric. Lay the foam sheet on the ground and start cutting by leaving a 2-inch margin on each edge. Tip: If there is any geometric shape on the fabric you are using, make sure that these shapes remain on the sheet before cutting.
Step 3b: Check that you have prepared the plates at the front of your library. Make sure that these plates are not too tight or too loose. If necessary, make various adjustments and measurements. (I saw that the plates I have prepared in person myself are standing very tightly, I saw that I made a mistake somewhere. Learn from me, my dear friends, do as I said, not like I do)
Step 4: Repeat the same process eight times to prepare eight of everything (or how many shelves your library has). In addition, 11.25 × 10.25 inch size felt cut, you can support the back of the plates you have prepared. I would strongly recommend this option to my valued users. You will see what I mean more clearly in the next steps.
Step 5: Glue the crossed edges with silicone. Apply hot silicone to the finish points of your plate, then press the fabric slightly to tighten it. Apply the same to the other corner. Tip: Make sure that your fabric has the same shape. For example, if you have a line pattern in your fabric, the lines of your two covers are horizontal and the other covers are vertical.
Step 6: Paste the corners. The corners are very important to give your cover and shelves a unique look. Apply the hot silicone to the corners of the plate.
Step 6b: Fold the fabric in the corner and press firmly.
Step 6c: Apply hot silicone to the top of the fabric and press down. To minimize the small indentations, use silicone to stick the fabric, then pass over the area with your finger. Tip: For other corner glues, make sure that the two silicone fabrics of the hot silicone you are applying do not bond to each other, but adhere the fabric to the plate itself.
Step 6d: Apply steps 6-6c in all corners.
Step 7: Apply adhesive to the top of the fabric. Apply a little glue to the underlying fabric to ensure that the hot silicone passes through the foam plate. Press on the fabric so that it is out of the center and make sure that no bubbles remain.
Step 8: Apply a drop of adhesive to the corners of your fabric if necessary. If you want your fabric to fit completely into the plate, apply a few drops of adhesive to the corners. Follow this step at all four corners.
Step 9: Repeat the same step at opposite corners. The appearance of the foam sheet you have prepared will be something like this.
Step 10: Put a felt on the back of the sheet and cut it to the proper dimensions. Make sure that the seal you are cutting is perfectly seated and does not overflow.
Step 11: Apply hot silicone to the back of the felt and stick it on the back of the sheet. As before, make sure that the hot silicone seal only adheres the felt to the foam sheet, not the fabric. Tip: If you drive the hot silicone along the edges of the mat, it will have a fairly flat appearance and there will be no lift / detachment.
Step 12: Place each foam sheet you have prepared on the shelf of your library. I hope you’ve tried to adapt to your plate before covering it with fabric and felt, and now you have a perfect fit.
Step 13: Sit back, relax and enjoy the new look of your shelf. The one-inch distance you leave will allow you to lower the bookcase cover and reach the complexity behind.