IKEA Hack to Free Up Floor Space

2 Materials
$10
3 Hours
Medium
Constant complaints from dearest daughter for a desk in her bedroom meant the old IKEA shelves were going to have to go... Or do they I thought? Dearest daughter still needed the shelf space to store all her 'valuables', so I needed a radical solution; how to free up the floor space without losing the shelves. Eureka! I've got it!

Take one perfectly good IKEA Expedit (now called Kallax) 1.5mx1.5m (5'x5') which is taking up too much floor space...

Carefully cut the Expedit in half and then 'wingardium leviosa' as Harry Potter would say...
Actually, that would have been a considerably easier way of doing it but I had to make do with a few pairs of hands to hold the shelves hard up to the ceiling whilst I screwed a timber trim underneath, and another one around the top.


Actually, that would have been a considerably easier way of doing it but I had to make do with a few pairs of hands to hold the shelves hard up to the ceiling whilst I screwed a timber trim underneath, and another one around the top.

And now there is plenty of room for a desk... (and yet another reason to visit IKEA). Dear daughter actually built the desk (I was sooo chuffed!) and she managed quite well with a little help here and there.

All finished and trimmed. The shelves look quite 'built in' with the trims surrounding the shelves. The trims also support the shelves, stopping them from moving, plus they cover up the cut edges.

Suggested materials:

  • Expedit   (IKEA)
  • Timber trims   (Local DIY store)

Ian Anderson
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  • Nancy Tung Nancy Tung on Mar 06, 2019

    How were you able to secure the shelves on top of the ceiling??

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  • Joan Joan on Feb 14, 2017
    What did you do with the other half, as once you cut it you lose a shelf?

    • Ian Anderson Ian Anderson on Feb 19, 2017
      Hi HJ, Nope, only lost the middle shelf. Both halves are up to the ceiling as you can see. The finished shelves are 10 foot long and about 30" deep.

  • Joan Joan on Feb 19, 2017
    Love it, great idea !

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