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D.I.Y. Cane Book Shelf – Flisat Ikea Hack

Cane is definitely having a moment in the interior design world. It has taken on a more modern and fresh form, even though it has been around for hundreds of years. Think less Grandma’s house with heavy woods and florals, and more Scandinavian-Boho artfulness, with natural woods and clean lines. As trends tend to come and go, and circle back – if paired right, they can become timeless within any space. In today’s post, I am adding this traditional material to the Flisast Wall Storage and Flisat Book Display from IKEA, for a quick and simple hack. We will be installing them in Kaia’s “biggish” girl room for a cute and whimsical reading nook. I absolutely LOVE how they turned out, and I can’t wait to share. Let’s begin our D.I.Y. cane book shelf IKEA hack for your little kid’s room!

What You Will Need

D.I.Y. Cane Book Shelf - Flisat Ikea Hack - Little Girl's Bedroom Reading Nook - Kate Nelle

Materials

Flisat Wall Storage

Cane Webbing

Standard Staple Gun with 3/4” staples

Box Cutter


Instructions

Step One

Measure the amount of cane you will need and cut accordingly. We figure you will need 26.25 inches by 4.5 inches of cane. We added some excess on the height to allow for exact trimming once it is stapled in place.

Step Two

Identify the base of the wall shelf. Place the cane on the inner edge of the base and begin stapling – edge to edge. You will want the finished, or shinier side of the cane facing outward towards the display side.

D.I.Y. Cane Book Shelf - Flisat Ikea Hack - Little Girl's Bedroom Reading Nook - Kate Nelle

Step Three

Assemble the end pieces and dowel to the shelf base. (Do not assemble the back piece yet, as you will not be able to fit your staple gun inside to attach the cane to the dowel.) You should have a little overhang at the top. This will ensure that you cut enough of the cane for it to be taut, and have no gapping.

D.I.Y. Cane Book Shelf - Flisat Ikea Hack - Little Girl's Bedroom Reading Nook - Kate Nelle

Step Four

Staple the cane to the top, inside of the dowel, edge to edge.

D.I.Y. Cane Book Shelf - Flisat Ikea Hack - Little Girl's Bedroom Reading Nook - Kate Nelle

Step Five

Trim the excess cane material with the box cutter so the edge is not seen.

D.I.Y. Cane Book Shelf - Flisat Ikea Hack - Little Girl's Bedroom Reading Nook - Kate Nelle

Step Six

At this point, the cane is attached and looking beautiful! However, the back piece of the shelf needs to be added to the shelf. To do so, you will need to remove one of the end pieces. Then, reassemble the wood shelf using steps 4 through 8 of the IKEA instructions. Since the dowel will already be in place you’ll skip step 7. Make sure the screws are all the way in. The whole build time is about 20 minutes.

D.I.Y. Cane Book Shelf - Flisat Ikea Hack - Little Girl's Bedroom Reading Nook - Kate Nelle

End Result

D.I.Y. Cane Book Shelf - Flisat Ikea Hack - Little Girl's Bedroom Reading Nook - Kate Nelle
D.I.Y. Cane Book Shelf - Flisat Ikea Hack - Little Girl's Bedroom Reading Nook - Kate Nelle
D.I.Y. Cane Book Shelf - Flisat Ikea Hack - Little Girl's Bedroom Reading Nook - Kate Nelle
D.I.Y. Cane Book Shelf - Flisat Ikea Hack - Little Girl's Bedroom Reading Nook - Kate Nelle

All in, this project cost us about $30-40 a shelf, and took around 20 minutes to assemble. We also purchased the Flisat Book Display and attached the cane material to this as well using a similar approach. We absolutely LOVE how this simple IKEA hack turned out. And what makes it more sweet, it Kaia loves them too. She spends so much of her self play time exploring her books.


Shop Cane Shelves

If you really aren’t into the whole D.I.Y. part but love the look of cane shelves, I have linked some below!

Share Your Hack

If you try this too, I’d love to see your finished product! You can tag #KateNelleDIY in Instgram if you take a picture of it! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below! Happy hacking friends!

D.I.Y. Cane Book Shelf - Flisat Ikea Hack - Reading Nook - Kate Nelle
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5 Comments

  • Heidi Cooley

    How much cane would you order for 4 shelves? I’m looking at a roll that’s 3 foot long by 24 in. I figure that should cover all we need and then some right?

  • Emily Erdman

    Hi! Love the DIY – echoing Heidi’s comment above, did you use caning that was 24 inches wide? I can’t seem to find anything wider than that!

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