IKEA Toy Storage Hack

by April
8 Materials
10 Hours

I'm currently doing a makeover of our playroom. Let me introduce to you this IKEA toy storage hack, aka TROFAST the fabulous! 😀

The photo of before...

First things first, assemble the unit.

Decide on the length of the shelves in between the unit. This will determine the size of the plywood on the top.

Before I could move to assembly, I had to finish frames for doors so I could paint them at the same time.

I had to make a frame for the doors first and then add trim on the inside to create a finished look and use trim as a place to staple cane on.

I measured my TROFAST unit and established how long each board should be, then I used my miter saw to make all the cuts.

I attached it with dowels and glue. You can read more about that story on the blog.

I didn't leave the frame bare like this, so I added a trim inside.

I cut trim with my Japanese saw by hand.

I used wood glue to attach it to the door frame and masking tape to hold it together till it dries. Leave it to dry overnight before adding some wood filler to the cracks.

When the wood filler dried, I sanded the whole thing down to a smooth finish.

When cane is ready to work with, take scissors and cut it to the size of the door.

Before you start attaching cane with the staple, do a test on scrap wood to make sure it won't go through to the front. I used ¼" staples, and they were perfect for the job.

Building shelves and top

Cut plywood at 11" wide since this is the width of the TROFAST unit (unless you want the top to hang from the sides a little).

Measure the distance between units and how wide you want the shelves to be. Cut the shelves.

I assembled all shelves together and added legs to the unit.

Visit my blog for more details on the process.

What is your favorite IKEA hack? Let me know in the comments below!



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  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Mar 22, 2021

    Beautifully done! Could you please tell me the color and brand of the paint you used? It’s such a lovely soft pink

  • Tracey Butler Hite Tracey Butler Hite on Aug 08, 2021

    Beautiful job!! Where did you get your cane? And does it have a certain name? I know there is a link for cane but it looks very different than the one you used. I like yours much better.

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  • Nancy Chestnut Nancy Chestnut on Jan 07, 2022

    Very creative. Well done!

  • Im832600209 Im832600209 on Aug 12, 2022

    I love the tutorial! This is a very versatile project in my mind. You can use different colors, tops, doors; etc. I'm thinking I might make one for the hall outside my bathroom. Great job!! 👏👍❤