I really like checkered patterns, as you might have noticed in this blog post. So why not create also a bookshelf in that design?

The shelf is based on 30 pieces (12 white and 18 black) of 1×1 Expedit shelves by IKEA. Unfortunately IKEA discontinued the Expedit programme in 2014 and replaced it with Kallax, but I managed to get all pieces in time. After the change, there were no 1×1 Kallax shelves, but IKEA introduced them in the in the meantime).

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The individual shelves are stacked to create various „towers“. The shelves within a tower are glued together with double-sided adhesive tape. The towers are not connected to each other – to better compensate the unevenness of the floor and to make it easier to disassemble the whole shelf.

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Two Expedit shelves are outfitted with doors (to hide cables and other stuff) On top of each tower there is a custom-made glas plate (6mm thick safety glass, painted black on one side), which hides the quite ugly screws of the Expedit shelf and creates a nice surface.

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The shelves on the bottom are underlaid with pieces of felt to protect the floor and make it easier to move them.

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BTW: The photograph on the wall was taken in 2011 in London. The construction site is now finished – it has become The Shard.