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IKEA Kallax, formerly Expedit, is a simple and cool shelf that needs to be adapted to the wall. There are so many ways to hack it and use it as you want in your home!
DIY IKEA Kallax benches
Kallax can easily be converted into a bench with storage space. This is a great solution for any modern home where we often lack storage space. You will need a Kallax or Expedit piece, 2 sets of IKEA Capita legs, screw them in at each end and in the middle of the bench, 6 legs total. You'll need to cut the foam to fit the bench. Just put the piece of foam on the bench, mark the edges with a sharpie marker, then use a kitchen knife or whatever you need to cut the foam. The only cut we had to make was to cut the foam piece in half the length. It was pretty much the right size. So we have two one-piece foam benches. Then simply stretch the quilting floss over the edges of the foam and MDF board and staple them with a stapler! After you've basted the quilting, repeat the step, but this time use fabric. Pull the fabric firmly over the edge of the foam / board and baste it in place. Just take some 3 inch screws and screw them into the MDF board from below the bench.
DIY Kallax / Expedit sideboards, bedside tables and other storage items
Since Kallax is geared towards storage, there is no better use for it! So how can you make a Kallax storage unit? Prepare 1/4 "sheet of plywood, 20-30 1" nails, heavy duty sheets, furniture feet, a hammer, and a drill press. Measure the size of your bookcase and cut a piece that is about 1/8 - 1/4 inch smaller on all sides from the 4 x 8 foot sheet of plywood. 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 the manufacturer's instructions. Let dry. Attach the plywood backing. Place the Expedit / Kallax face down on the floor. Place the varnished plywood back face down on the back of the bookcase, making sure it is centered. Nail the back to the bookcase every few inches around the perimeter until it is fully secured. Screw the top panels with the bookcase down to the four corners of the bottom of the bookcase. Once all of the top panels are secured, screw in the furniture feet by hand.
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