Miniature IKEA Kallax Bookcase (Tutorial + SVG/Template)

miniature ikea kallax cube bookcase

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This is the second of a two-part tutorial: Miniature IKEA Kallax Bookcase (part 1 being the boxes). If you are an IKEA fan, this is a must-make!

How do you refer to Kallax sizes? 4×4 or 16 cubes? They’re pretty much the same, but I do the former as it’s easier 🙂

This tutorial includes templates and measurements for 4×4, 2×4, and 1×4 Kallax.

miniature ikea kallax bookcases in three sizes

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Materials and Tools

Material options:

The measurements of these bookcases are based on using a 1/16″ (~1.5mm) material. I normally use 1/16″ basswood. You can also use balsa wood or backing board/matboard of the same thickness.

Tools to make this project 100000% easier:

I highly recommend Cricut Maker if you use basswood. Not only it does the cutting for you, it also cuts more accurately than a human can with a craft knife. With this machine, all of your cuts will be straight, and in the right measurements.

If it’s not an option for you, a good craft knife that I would use is X-acto light-duty box cutter, plus a non-slip metal ruler to help you get straight cuts.

Templates for Miniature IKEA Kallax Bookcase

I’ve made 3 versions of the cube bookcase: 4×4, 2×4, and 1×4. Each in 1:12 and 1:16 scale. You can download the PDF measurement guide here:

Additionally, you can access the SVG cut files from my resource library.

miniature ikea kallax held by hand

Importing and Resizing SVG file into Cricut Design Space

This post has the video tutorial on how to import and resize SVG file into Design Space, if you plan to cut using a Cricut Maker.

How to Assemble Miniature IKEA Kallax Bookcase

*** NOTE: If you plan to stain, do it right now, not after glueing/assembly.***

Step 1: Assemble the inner shelves/dividers

For the 2×4 and 4×4 cube, assemble the inner dividers first. The notches are great for making everything square. This was a happy accident, by the way. Originally I cut out the individual dividers, but had a hard time lining them up straight and square. So I redesigned the SVG with notches instead, and it worked out much better!

assembly of inner dividers of miniature kallax

Step 2: Assemble the outer frame layers

Each outer frame has two layers: the outermost layer and the inner layer that is 1/8″ shorter. Glue them together at the center, with 1/16″ overhang at each end.

The top and bottom outer frames should look like this:

outer frame layers attached together with 1/16" overhang

… and the vertical sides should look like this:

vertical frames assembled with 1/16" overhang

You may need to clamp or weigh down the pieces as they dry, to eliminate any gaps.

Step 3: Connect the top outer frame to the vertical frames

Connect the top outer frame to the vertical frame using staggered corner like pictured. The top frame should nestle inside the vertical frame. Repeat on the other side.

outer frames are connected at the corners

Step 4: Insert the inner shelves/dividers into the outer frame

Glue/install the dividers at 1-1/6″ apart (for 1:12 scale) or 13/16″ apart (for 1:16 scale).

inner dividers are inserted

1×4 cube dividers will need manual measuring on your part.

2×4 cube dividers are easier, just make sure that the shorter dividers are straight and square.

4×4 cube dividers should need no or very little adjustments.

Step 5: Connect the bottom outer frame

Once the dividers are installed, glue/attach the last part of the outer frame (the bottom) to complete.

bottom frame is installed

Then you can proceed with painting.

Don’t forget to make boxes that fit into these bookcases!

miniature ikea kallax bookcases in three sizes

Made your own? I’d love to know!

What motivates me the most is seeing you use my tutorials to make your own minis!

If you’ve done that, I’d love for you to comment below, link back to my site, or tag me on Facebook or Instagram

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2 thoughts on “Miniature IKEA Kallax Bookcase (Tutorial + SVG/Template)”

  1. Hi Rita
    Wonderful stuff! I’m a newbie to the Cricut Maker and I so appreciate your files and help in making Minis. My attempts to cut by hand aren’t brilliant, I’m one of those people who struggles with straight lines!
    As soon as I can, I’m going to make the chair then the Kallax.

    Please could I pick your brains about using the Cricut to make carved wood/ false marquetry panels in 1:12 scale for sideboards and bedside cabinets fronts?
    I’ve got a few inspiration photos but no clue where to start.

    1. Hi Gill, same reason why I got the Cricut Maker! For false panels, I would probably use cardstock, and if the wood look is important, I would use wood veneer. For designing, I would use Inkscape. This is probably the biggest learning curve, especially if we’ve never used a design app. I’m still going through design process with trial and error 😜

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