Step 1: Step 1 - Identify the Parts, Start Assembly
1 back panel
2 side panels: 1 right side, 1 left side
4 shelves: 1 bottom, 1 top, 2 middle
bag of hardware
2 unused small wood pieces
anti-tip-over "earthquake" strap
start the assembly
Insert 6 of the wood plugs into the side panel holes with your thumb. 2 of the plugs are used for the bottom flashing, 2 for the bottom shelf, and 2 for the top shelf. use the outer holes on the side panel as shown.
The 4 shelves are each slightly different, you can tell them apart by looking at the bottom of them as shown in the photo.
carefully push the bottom flashing, bottom shelf, and top shelf onto the plugs in the side panel, as shown in the photo.
Step 2: Step 2 - Second Side Panel
Step 3: Step 3 - Attach Left Side Panel With Screws
first push a round nut into hole in top shelf. make sure the slotted side is showing and facing as shown in the photo.
second, push a screw into the hole matching the round nut, and screw it in using the IKEA tool. tighten the screws but not too much, it can damage the wood. the screws are designed to be flush with the wood surface, if you are embedding them far into the wood you are probably tightening too much.
repeat for the 3 other screws and nuts. now the left side panel is fully attached.
Step 4: Step 4 - Screw Together Right Side Panel
Use the remaining 4 screws and nuts to attach the right side panel.
Step 5: Step 5 - Attach Back Panel
Make sure the back panel is all the way into the groove in the top shelf, then use a hammer (not included in kit) to nail in 4 small nails. The nails attach the back panel to the *bottom* shelf. Make sure the back panel is pushed tight towards the top shelf while you do the nailing, any looseness will make your shelving unit wobbly.
Step 6: Step 6 - Place Middle Shelves
Place the 8 metal studs into your choice of holes in the side panels. 4 studs hold up each of the two middle shelves, and you can easily move them around to put the shelves at different heights. The middle shelves just rest on top of the studs, they are not attached in any way.
guess what! you are done!
the IKEA instructions also show the attachment of the anti-tip-over "earthquake" strap, this is probably overkill except for a full-height shelving unit.