Get Inspired! 9 Ingenious Ikea Bookshelf Hacks

We love these creative customizations of IKEA's Expedit

Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island

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Blogger Monica Britto turned her Expedit into a traditional kitchen island with functional bar seating. Ball-style feet from Home Depot painted in Pure White Annie Sloan raises it to the right height for a couple of stools. An Ikea Vika Furuskog tabletop, stained with Miniwax Provincial and sealed with a dark wax, makes the surface food prep ready.

Get the how-to at Decorating Insanity.

Storage Bed

Storage Bed

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IKEA hacker Alex from Quebec put together this queen-sized bed with hidden and accessible storage using three 1x5 Expedit units and some wooden 4x4’s to create the outer frame. Plywood panels wrapped in black sheets fill in the interior platform; one is even hinged so you can remove the mattress, open one side of the bed, and access all that storage space in the middle.

Get the how-to at Ikea Hackers and Writing the Code.

TV Stand

TV Stand

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IKEA hacker Sarah Quickel from Washington, D.C., transformed two brown 5x1 Expedits into this shabby chic TV stand. Removing two shelves from each unit made room for AV equipment, while white paint and a blue-and-white stenciled backing gave it an airy, modern feel. For an extra luxe touch, add IKEA under-cabinet lights on some of the shelves.

Get the how-to at Ikea Hackers.

Under-Stairs Storage

Under-Stairs Storage

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Looking to avoid a shoe-pocalyspe from taking over his 1930s home, blogger Nick decided to maximize the storage space under the stairs with a custom-fit Expedit. He sawed the unit into a triangle and reinforced the modified bookshelf with brackets before finishing it with green doors and storage baskets, perfect for cleaning up shoe clutter. (Hint: Nick did a 3D model of the staircase and Expedit on Solid Works beforehand to help him figure out exactly where to cut.)

Get the how-to at Barnacles Choice.

Kitchen Storage

Kitchen Storage

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IKEA hacker K. Klose added visual interest to a 5x5 white Expedit by playing with materials, color and size: four cubby-sized black MDF doors plus one large plywood door that conceals four cubbies at once. The mix of open and closed storage means plenty of display space for servingware as well as hidden areas for stashing less attractive kitchen necessities.

Get the how-to at Ikea Hackers.

Graphic Overlay

Graphic Overlay

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O’verlays founder Cheryle Rhuda updated a plain office bookshelf by using her company’s Greek Key square fretwork panel on IKEA’s mirrored Expedit doors. For extra flourish, she added Tiffany blue adhesive vinyl PANYLS to the inside of the remaining cubbies.

Get the how-to at My O'verlays.

Corner Bench

Corner Bench

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Blogger Jennifer Jones created a cheery, sophisticated playroom with tons of toy storage and seating, thanks to a corner bench made from Expedits. Custom upholstery in a fresh green and white print plays perfectly against the blue birch wall stencils.

Get the how-to at I Heart Organizing.

Shelving Unit

Shelving Unit

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Blogger Mary turned four run-of-the-mill Expedits into a totally chic shelving unit. She installed door inserts on the bottom two rows, a move that gave her closed storage space and a way to hide unsightly TV and cable wires. For extra oomph, she spray painted doors metallic gold and topped with O’verlays’ Harper 12” Thick Square panel.

Get the how-to at Things That Make Us Blush.

Kid’s Desk

Kid’s Desk

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Blogger Bianca transformed a 2x4 Expedit into a pretty sweet kid’s desk with a few supplies and a little elbow grease. To pull it off, she secured IKEA’s Vika Amon desk to the bookshelf with brackets. Then, she screwed balustrade posts to a block of wood and then to underneath the desk top. A fresh coat of paint and matching chairs finished the project.

Get the how-to at A Little Delightful.

Dollhouse

Kid’s Desk

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We love this super cute dollhouse that blogger Willy Kroon created. To pull it off, just cut a piece of temporary wallpaper (or even pretty wrapping paper) in the shape of a house and stick on the wall. Place a 2x2 Expedit at the base and wallpaper the inside of the “cottage” in coordinating colors.

Get the how to at 101 Woonideeen.

Like these hacks? Find more Ikea ideas here:
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