These simple Ikea Kallax Hacks are seriously mind-blowing…
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!
Use these clever Ikea Kallax hack ideas to create amazing home decor storage pieces for much cheaper than paying for new pieces of furniture.
The great thing is, not only will you get to save money, but you’ll get to make something that looks incredible too!
Get ready to take your living space to the next level with these Kallax series DIY project ideas.
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33 Creative IKEA Kallax Hacks 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 fronts 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. Ikea Kallax Desk Hack | The Handyman’s Daughter
I love how the two-tone paint colors create a fun look for this DIY desk. It adds a unique touch to any home office. This hacker used an Ikea Rast dresser along with Kallax pieces for this desk that has tons of storage.
3. Convertible Toy Storage | The Makerista
We all know how quickly kids toys can take over a space. With this Kallax hack you can keep the toys tiday and still easily accessible.
Kids will have storage space for all of their favorite baby doll clothes, nerf guns and action figures!
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.
I love the texture the wooden doors add to this seating bench.
5. TV Console Makeover Hack | Jessica Welling Interiors
Jessica turned her dorm room-style bookshelf into a sleek and modern design that is perfect for her living room television console. There is plenty of room for storage in the cube-style boxes.
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6. Playroom Bench | Kate Decorates
Doesn’t every mom want a perfectly organized playroom like this one?
By turning an Ikea Kallax unit on its side and adding a bench cushion, there’s now plenty of extra storage space and room for sitting – especially when you have other kids over for a playdate.
The fun part is there is tons of space to add colorful toys, books, and other items to make this playroom welcoming!
7. Go Rustic | Homemade Lovely
The farmhouse look continues to be a popular trend. 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.
This is a unique storage unit that looks custom and has a Pottery Barn look to it.
8. DIY Window Seat | The DIY Mommy
I love how simple and elegant this looks. All you need are Kallax shelves and beautiful baskets and you have a gorgeous window seat with ample storage and styling possibilities.
9. Ikea Kallax Door Hack | Designing Parkside
Learn how to build custom doors and for an old, broken Ikea Kallax cube shelf and turn it into a stunning sideboard. This sleek and modern piece will make a statement in any home!
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 space for art and craft supplies.
You can also use the top of the shelf for extra storage.
Create different sizes by adding additional Kallax units.
11. Cabinet Hack with Ikea Kallax | Designing Parkside
This is one of the most gorgeous hacks on this list. Adding gold handles and detailing takes this piece to the next level and brings that wow factor we all love.
12. Media Storage | Mercedes Doczi
Not only can Kallax shelves hold vinyl records perfectly, but they are also a great way to store and display any other types of media that you have.
Combine units to store all your media items in one convenient place with this Ikea Kallax hack. This is perfect for a modern look in your living room, family room, or home office.
13. Long Console | Honeybear Lane
I love the color combinations for this long console Kallax hack. The grey paint has a bluish tone that 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. This is such a great hack!
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.
The best part is it’s surprisingly simple to build and the perfect solution if you are on a tight budget!
15. Get the Industrial Look | Grillo Designs
This Ikea Kallax bookcase is a good option 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.
It’s the easiest way to add extra storage that is also budget-friendly.
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 Shelf Hack | Where the Smiles Have Been
Adding legs and bold cubes to an Ikea Kallax makes a world of difference and turns this boring shelf unit into a functional bookshelf perfect for a kids bedroom or playroom.
This simple Kallax hack transforms the Kallax into something able to do the heavy lifting in a bedroom.
18. Ikea Shelf to TV Stand | Infarrantly Creative
Have you seen how expensive large media furniture can be? Not only will this Ikea Kallax Hack set the stage for a very sturdy tv cabinet, but it also has a minimalist design.
Add a few baskets or bins for necessities and you have a great piece.
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. Lockers | Little House of Four
What a crafty way to create a locker storage solution if you have enough room.
I can envision a unit like this in someone’s home daycare, or even a playroom to store toys and games behind closed doors.
The addition of decorative elements like the bold numbers takes this piece to the next level.
22. Modern Rolling Bar Cart | Sugar & Cloth
This is so clever and yet so simple and stylish while providing all the storage you need for a rolling bar cart. By looking at it, you would think that this modern cart cost way more than it actually did.
23. File Cabinet Transformation | Remodelaholic
The versatility of the Kallax shelf makes it possible to create so many unique pieces, including a stunning flat file cabinet.
This is surprisingly easy to build and has a vintage vibe to it. You will have a ton of storage for an office, craft room, even a kid’s bedroom?
24. Banquette Seating | At Home with Ashley
This is a gorgeous option for kitchens. It looks like an expensive custom piece and has oodles of storage to boot. This just might be my favorite hack.
25. Nursery Closet Shelf | Project Nursery
Such a cute and efficient storage solution for a nursery! The Kallax shelf in this setup is an easy way to provide all the storage needed for your baby’s things.
26. Kids Bedroom Storage Hack | Caitlin Marie Design
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).
27. 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.
28. Colorful Coffee Station | Grit and Graceful
A stylish way to store all your drink ingredients and coffee supplies in one convenient place. This setup works wonderfully in a small space like an apartment.
29. 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!
This would make a perfect room divider in a multi-purpose guest room and craft room.
30. Colorful Bookshelf Makeover | Anika’s DIY Life
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.
31. 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 to give you a large storage area.
Just think of all the pretty patterned paper that could go there!
32. Gorgeous Home Bar DIY | Dash of Jazz
This is such a great idea. The Kallax unit in this project provides plenty of room for bar storage, including hanging glass storage.
The counter top allows the perfect spot to craft your favorite cocktail. Plus, it’s an affordable option to a retail bar furniture piece.
33. 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.
This is a great example of how just adding new legs can completely transform a piece.
This is a versatile piece that would work in a dining room, bedroom, or any room in your home where you want an extra bit of storage.
I hope you are inspired by the amazing Kallax hack ideas on this list and they help you turn your own Kallax unit into something stunning!
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