7 Ikea Kallax Hacks You've Probably Never Seen

by Domino .
Mar 21, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Ikea Kallax Shelves
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Ikea's Kallax series — the Swedish retailer's answer to the discontinued Expedit shelving system — has long been a mainstay in our homes, especially when it comes to storage. The versatile line offers a slew of customizable shelves that can fit right in with a variety of decorative styles and aesthetics. Tack on the fact that the simplicity of their structure allows them to be easily customized, and you have a real winner. 

Both a decorative and functional staple for just about any room of a home, the streamlined features of the Kallax shelves have made them one of the more sought-after pieces from Ikea. With this in mind, we turned to a few of our favorite DIYers who made their Kallax their own. Ahead, a few ingeniously crafty ways to personalize this not-so-standard shelving unit.

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We can't resist a solid pop of color, especially when it comes in an unexpected form. Here, a statementworthy shade of yellow imparts the streamlined shelf with a welcome burst of color, allowing it to fit right in with its equally bold and bright surroundings.

Get the how-to on Damask Love.

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Floor-to-ceiling shelves
Image: Esteban Cortez/Apartment Therapy


According to the duo who lives in this San Francisco home, the best way to make the most of tall ceilings is to fill the space with a spanning floor-to-ceiling shelving unit. The relatively budget-friendly hack is comprised of three Kallax shelves placed on top of one another — they're bolted to the floors and ceiling for added support — and finished in a glossy and statementworthy shade of navy.

Get the how-to on Apartment Therapy.


This one is about as simple as they come: Simply set a pair of the Kallax units side by side to transform the set into a handy storage system or even a media center. Swap out the pulls on the cabinets with a fresh set or sub in new baskets to create a personalized piece.

See more on Lisanne van de Klift.

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Here's the bar cart you never knew you wanted. All it takes is the addition of a new set of glam legs and a handful of decorative accents to transform this shelf into the ultimate entertaining center.  

Get the how-to on The Everygirl, plus, see the two other ways the piece can be styled. 


Can you spot the hack? This DIY is all about a cleverly concealed storage solution, which comes by way of a two-tone coverlet. The skirted table (which actually happens to be an Expedit bookshelf) houses a slew of essentials — from books to files — keeping them neat and out of sight.

Get the how-to on Nicole Gibbons Style.


The best way to upgrade a standard storage piece? A mod base will certainly do the trick. Here, a standard shelf is reinvented by way of a mid-century-modern-inspired addition, which manages to elevate the unit both physically and aesthetically.

Get the how-to on Hawthorne and Main.

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Who knew a glam storage unit was just a DIY away? We're swooning over the thoughtful details that comprise this elegantly crafted piece — not to mention the ornate mirror on top to match. Gold ring knobs and a fun overlay detail instantly transform the bulky unit into a stylish statement. 

Get the how-to on The Pink Dream.