IKEA Kallax that used to be Expedit is a simple and cool shelving unit that must be adjusted to the wall. There are so many ways to hack it and use as you wish in your home!
DIY IKEA Kallax Benches
Kallax can be easily renovated into a bench with storage, this is a great solution for any modern home where we often lack storage space. You’ll need a Kallax or Expedit piece, 2 sets of IKEA Capita legs, screw them in on each end and in the middle of the bench, totaling 6 legs. You will need to cut the foam to fit the bench. Just place the piece of foam on top of the bench, use a Sharpie marker to mark the edges, then use a kitchen carving knife or whatever you have to cut the foam. The only cut we had to make was to cut the foam piece in half length wise. It was already the proper dimensions pretty much. So we got 2 bench-seats worth of foam out of one piece. Then simply stretch the quilt batting over the edges of the foam and MDF board and staple it with a staple gun! After stapling the quilt batting, you will repeat the step but using fabric this time. Pull the fabric tightly over the edge of the foam/board and staple it down. Simply grab some 3 inch screws, and screw them into the MDF board from underneath the bench.
DIY Kallax/ Expedit Sideboards, Nightstands And Other Storage Pieces
As Kallax is aimed at storage, there’s not better use for it! So, how can you make a Kallax storage unit? Prepare 1/4″ plywood sheets, 20-30 1″ nails, heavy duty top plates, furniture feet, a hammer, a power drill. Measure out the size of your bookcase and cut a piece about 1/8 – 1/4″ smaller on all sides from the 4 x 8 foot plywood sheet. Paint one side of the plywood backing with the white paint or an accent color. If desired, paint or stain the furniture feet according to manufacturer’s instructions. Let dry. Attach plywood backing. Lay the Expedit/Kallax face down on the ground. Lay the painted plywood backing face down onto the back of the bookcase and make sure it’s centered. Nail the backing to the bookcase every few inches around the perimeter, until it is entirely secured. With the bookcase still face down, screw in top plates to the four corners of the bottom of the bookcase. Once all top plates are secured, screw in furniture feet by hand.
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