Kids' Shelving Unit

Kids' Shelving Unit

Here's an idea that kids will love. Each shelf has its own background, using decorative paper, stuck with tesa® Spray Glue PERMANENT, and on the side of the unit, there's a big blackboard so they're free to write or paint.



  • Shelves of different sizes
  • preferably with square compartments
  • 3 mm deep MDF panels (cut to the size of the shelf backs)
  • a 3 mm HDF panel painted white on one side (for the blackboard, cut to the size of the shelf side)
  • chalkboard paint
  • a paint roller
  • scissors
  • utility knife
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • decorative paper
  • alcohol- or silicone-free glass cleaner
  • tesa® Spray Glue PERMANENT
  • tesa® Powerbond ULTRA STRONG 5 m x 19 mm (2 rolls)

Steps

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DIY Kids Shelving Unit / Step 1

01

Collect all items and let's start!

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DIY Kids Shelving Unit / Step 2

02

For the blackboard, paint the non-white side of HDF panel - plus the edges - with chalkboard paint. Leave to dry.

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DIY Kids Shelving Unit / Step 3

03

Thoroughly clean the side surface of the shelf unit with alcohol- or silicone-free glass cleaner.

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DIY Kids Shelving Unit / Step 4

04

Apply tesa® Powerbond ULTRA STRONG strips evenly and vertically – approx. 20 cm long – along the full height of the unit and press firmly in place for five seconds.

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DIY Kids Shelving Unit / Step 5

05

Remove protective films.

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DIY Kids Shelving Unit / Step 6

06

Firmly press the blackboard onto the unit for five seconds.

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DIY Kids Shelving Unit / Step 7

07

Measure the shelf spaces and draw them onto the smooth sides of the HDF panels. This will be the area covered by the decorative paper. Be careful though - in order to allow for the panels to be attached to the shelves vertically and horizontally you will need to allow a further 2cm on the outer edges. This is where the tesa® Powerbond ULTRA STRONG double-sided adhesive tape will be applied later.

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DIY Kids Shelving Unit / Step 8

08

Cut your paper to match the pencilled areas and spray the back sides with tesa® Spray Glue PERMANENT

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DIY Kids Shelving Unit / Step 9

09

Glue the papers onto the marked areas and smooth out.

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DIY Kids Shelving Unit / Step 10

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Apply tesa Powerbond® ULTRA STRONG double-sided tape onto the previously cleaned edges.

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DIY Kids Shelving Unit / Step 11

11

Cut to fit.

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DIY Kids Shelving Unit / Step 12

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Firmly press onto all the HDF panel edges for five seconds.

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DIY Kids Shelving Unit / Step 13

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Remove protective films.

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DIY Kids Shelving Unit / Step 14

14

Clean the surfaces of the shelves with alcohol- or silicone-free glass cleaner.

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DIY Kids Shelving Unit / Step 15

15

Firmly press all HDF panels onto the backs of the shelves for five seconds.

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