35 Ikea Kallax Hack Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind
The Ikea Kallax collection’s versatility allows you to easily create plenty of different set-ups with only a little creativity and relatively little work. From entryway pieces to small animal hutches to kitchen islands and beyond, this list of Kallax hacks will inspire you!
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35 IKEA Kallax Hack Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind:
1. Decorative Doors | The Pink Dream
Creating a piece of furniture that looks like this doesn’t say “I got this from Ikea” at all. Use door inserts to make your furniture look more expensive and unique while also providing privacy for what’s inside. You can even paint the inserts if you want more color.
2. Custom Storage Boxes | Ikea Hackers
I love how the wood mixes with the furniture (either black or white) for a fun look that works well in many different situations. This hacker used wine boxes to create drawers, but you could easily create farmhouse storage boxes by using shiplap.
3. Window Seat | Mommy Vignettes
Create a cushion for your Kallax shelf that will fit while it’s on its side and use baskets to tie the window seat into your existing decor. Add a throw pillow or two and suddenly you have a very nice window seat for a fraction of the cost and time it would take to build from scratch.
4. Sitting & Storage Bench | Feeling Nifty
Kallax units are strong enough to be sitting benches, useful enough to be storage solutions, and beautiful enough to be well-loved pieces of furniture.
5. Vinyl Storage | Home Everleigh Journal
Who knew that vinyl records fit perfectly in a Kallax shelf unit? In fact, they hold a lot of vinyl records – perfect for a collector to use for storage.
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6. Playroom Bench | Kate Decorates
Doesn’t every mom want a perfectly organized playroom like this one? By turning a Kallax shelf on its side and adding a bench cushion, there’s now plenty of space for storage and for sitting – especially when you have other kids over for a playdate.
7. Go Rustic | Homemade Lovely
The farmhouse look is extremely popular right now. Create the look in your home with this easy Kallax Ikea hack creating distressed wood doors with fixed narrow pin hinges to complete the look.
8. Bedroom Nightstand | The Every Girl
I love how simple and elegant this looks. All you need is a simple 2×2 Kallax and you have an instant nightstand with ample storage and styling possibilities.
9. Tall Storage | Apartment Therapy
After painting the units a deep blue and adding drawer and door inserts, the units are stacked up high to make a very prominent visual piece that divides up the space (with high ceilings!).
10. Craft Room Storage | The Country Chic Cottage
Beautiful and efficient! This unit has wine rack inserts installed and makes use of cute baskets to create even more storage areas for art and craft supplies.
11. Small Animal Hutch | Ikea Hackers
This is one of the most out-of-the-box hacks in this list and also the very reason I love it. Using the separate Kallax compartments to give rabbits or other small animals areas to explore is inspired and gorgeous.
12. Media Storage | Mercedes Doczi
Not only can Kallax shelves hold vinyl records perfectly, but they can also store and display any other types of media that you have. Combine units together to store all your media items in one convenient place with this Ikea Kallax hack.
13. Long Console | Honeybear Lane
I love the color combinations for this long console Kallax hack. The grayish-blue just combines so well with the brown basket inserts. Adding the wood top brings the entire piece together and looks much more difficult and expensive than it actually is.
14. Kitchen Island | Jen Lou Meredith
Did you ever think of using a Kallax 2×2 as a kitchen island? This beautiful kitchen island hack uses door inserts and a beautiful woodwork surface top to the unit.
15. Get the Industrial Look | Grillo Designs
This Ikea Kallax hack could be totally perfect for a boy’s bedroom. Paint a shelf unit in grey chalkboard paint, and the insides in a bright, fun orange, and add a wood top.
16. Create an Elegant Bench | Craft Box Girls
This colorful and elegant Kallax Ikea hack utilizes floral-patterned insert boxes and seat padding to create the custom look. Finish off the style with beautifully detailed legs and place this in your entryway.
17. Ikea Kallax Dresser Hack | House of Paige
Adding drawer inserts and doors to the shelf unit will create a functional, sleek dresser. This simple Kallax hack transforms the Kallax into something able to do the heavy lifting in a bedroom.
18. Doll House | Mikrokosmos
Have you seen how expensive dollhouses are these days? Not only will this Ikea Kallax Hack set the stage for a very sturdy dollhouse, but it’s inexpensive and adorable at the same time.
19. Make an Apothecary Cubby | Petal & Ply
Do you have lots of bottles, vases and other vintage glassware or pottery to display? Then you need an apothecary cubby. The Kallax shelf is ideal for displaying all your items.
20. Changing Table | Young House Love
Here’s a Kallax Ikea hack that every new parent needs. Turn a unit sideways and wrap each side in rustic-looking wood boards for a very fashionable changing table.
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21. Craft Table on Wheels | Family Handyman
Created with three 2×2 Kallax units and painted a gorgeous blue, this moveable craft table is ideal for any crafting space.
22. Lockers | Little House of Four
What a crafty way to create a locker storage solution. I can envision a unit like this in someone’s home daycare, or even a playroom to store toys and games behind closed doors.
23. Coffee Table | Make Scout
This is so clever and yet so simple and stylish while providing all the family room storage you need. By looking at it, you would think that this coffee table cost way more than it actually did
24. Bed Frame with Storage | Ikea Hackers
The versatility of the Kallax shelf makes it possible to even turn it into a bed frame – with storage. While the picture shows vinyl records being stored, can’t you just see this piece in a kid’s bedroom?
25. Kallax Kitchen Hack | Ideal Home
This is a great-looking option for kitchens. It looks like an expensive custom piece and has oodles of storage to boot. This just might be my favorite hack.
26. Nursery Closet Shelf | Project Nursery
Such a cute and efficient storage solution for a nursery! The Kallax shelf in this setup provides all the storage needed for your baby’s things.
27. Kids Bedroom Storage Hack | Lion and Lantern
Use a 4 x 2 Kallax unit in a horizontal position to store everything from books to toys – all within reach for small children to easily grab their toys or books (and put them away).
28. Entryway Table | Remodelaholic
This easy, chic Kallax hack will turn your drab entry into a thing of beauty. I love all the storage it provides.
29. Bar Station | The Every Girl
A stylish way to store all your drink ingredients and party essentials in one convenient place. This setup works wonderfully in a small space like an apartment.
30. Craft Storage | Stamp ‘n Storage
This storage hack is a crafter’s dream. So many amazing storage ideas all in one very large, spacious unit. No more paper clutter or disorganization problems for you!
31. TV Stand | Infarrantly Creative
This DIY TV stand is great for fitting into smaller spaces. Add a nice decorative touch and raise the stand to bring your TV to eye level by adding legs.
32. Bathroom Vanity | Ikea Hackers
This bathroom vanity is complete with functional storage drawers, as well as some open shelves. A much cheaper option than any traditional bathroom vanities the same size.
33. Office Storage | Crafty Storage
I love all the fun inserts and customizations that go along with this hack. In addition to being great for office spaces, this project would also work well in a craft room. Just think of all the pretty patterned paper that could go there!
34. Craft Work Table | Landeelu
This is such a great idea. The Kallax unit in this project provides counter height (perfect for crafting), storage, and the ability to sit around it. Plus, it’s really affordable.
35. Mid Century Modern Kallax | Hawthorne and Main
Last, but certainly not least…I’m obsessed with this fun mid-century spin this Kallax project has! It’s absolutely gorgeous and doesn’t seem overly complicated to do.
I hope you found some Ikea Kallax hack ideas on this list to help you turn your own Kallax unit into something stunning! If you’re itching to go to Ikea now, make sure you check out some of my other Ikea hack posts firsts—you may just add to your shopping list!
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