DIY Boat Bookcase - made out of maple stock, but you may wish to embark on your project using pine, birch or oak. Show off the beautiful wood grain, and chose a good conditioner, water-based wood stain and sealer for a finish rich in color and quality.
Other pinner said: Adding fabric to our IKEA bookcases gave them a custom look. I wish I had done it years ago! The process of adding fabric to the shelves was way easier and less expensive than I expected.