Check out these Ikea Kallax hacks that can completely customize this classic white cube shelf into beautiful decor for any home or style.
Creative ways to customize Ikea Kallax cubes
The IKEA Kallax shelving units are simple and affordable shelving option, which makes them immensely popular. And with a quick tweak – like adding drawer fronts, custom legs, or even a coat of paint – you can totally customize these storage shelves to suit your decor style.
Note: The Kallax shelves used to be called Expedit. Ikea made a small design tweak, but they’re basically the same. SO… if you have an old Expedit shelf lying around, you can still give one of these hacks a try.
If you’re in need of some inspiration, these creative Ikea Kallax hacks are worth checking out. Formerly known as Expedit, the Kallax shelving units have been successfully used to create all sorts of storage solutions such as filing cabinets, sideboards, work tables and even TV stands and bar carts.
Now let’s take those Kallax shelves to the next level!
Beautiful Ikea Kallax Hacks
1. Modern Library Card Catalog Ikea Hack
Library-style card filing cabinets are very functional and really pretty to have in the office but they’re not cheap either.
The Savvy Heart came up with a modern library card catalog Ikea hack that’s to die for. Putting everything together is an easy task and the results are stunning.
2. DIY Rustic Cube Shelves
Home Made Lovely really pulled off the rustic industrial look with these amazing DIY cube shelves Ikea hack. The distressed texture of the doors is made using a hammer and a screwdriver. That’ll be fun!
3. Ikea Kallax/Expedit Bookcase Hack
Adding hardware to a plain piece of furniture can transform it completely as demonstrated by this Ikea Kallax Bookcase hack from Delia Creates. She used a set of mid-century modern furniture feet and gave her Kallax bookcase an easy but noticeable upgrade.
4. Office Storage With Kallax Shelves
I’m absolutely in LOVE with how these shelves are styled – proving that a *hack* doesn’t always need to involve anything complicated. These white cube shelves are the perfect blank palette – they can be totally customized using accessories to suit your style.
5. Dining Room Sitting Bench
If your kitchen and dining are are on the smaller side, this storage bench option is for you. Fill the cubes with beautiful wicker baskets for extra storage.
6. How to Add Sliding Doors To Your Ikea Kallax Or Any Other Bookshelf
Sliding doors make this Ikea Kallax bookshelf hack look very classy and they are also perfect for hiding items that are not for display. Follow the link for a detailed tutorial that can be used to transform pretty much any bookshelf, Ikea or not.
7. How To Turn A Bookcase Into Lockers
Who said basement storage can’t be pretty? If your basement needs a makeover check out this Ikea Kallax Lockers Hack from Little House Of Four. They have all the steps and details you need to make this amazing locker unit without any hiccups along the way.
8. Ikea Bar Cart DIY Stylish Ideas
Place the Kallax on wheels and you have a mobile storage solution that can be used for so many things. Sugar & Cloth turned it into a bar cart Ikea hack and it looks super pretty!
9. Craft Room Work Table Ikea Hack
Kallax shelving units are super easy to join in simple shapes so you can get really creative with them. Landee See Landee Do came up with a practical DIY Ikea work table hack that would upgrade any craft room.
All supplies for this project come from Ikea, so one trip is all it takes to get the items you need.
10. Ikea Hack For Expedit Bookcases
This Ikea bookcase hack from Dans Le Lake House uses Expedit units but works just as well with the newer Kallax.
The bottom row of cubbies has “swinging” doors made out of canvases which I find really creative and also practical.
11. Ikea Hack Shelving Unit To TV Stand
You have to appreciate how great this frugal TV stand Ikea Hack from Infarrantly Creative turned out. The natural wood accents are very stylish and of course, you can paint the TV stand instead of keeping it white.
12. DIY Ikea Banquette Seating
If you didn’t know it was a hack, you’d think this Ikea banquette seating was a professional custom project. At Home With Ashley used 2 Kallax bookcases and a sheet of plywood to create a gorgeous banquette on the cheap!
13. Mid-Century Modern Kallax Hack
Create a lovely mid-century modern Kallax hack using DIY wooden legs. They are made from 2×3’s and all the instructions are included in the post to avoid any guesswork.
14. Tons of closet storage with baskets
The ultimate clutter killer – with baskets. I’m not sure this would be the most practical solution on a day-to-basis, but I love this idea for storing items that are only used seasonally or once in a while.
15. Kallax Ikea Hack In Neon Yellow
You have to admit this piece of furniture has daring colors and definitely makes a statement.
If you like the idea of this neon yellow Kallax Ikea hack from Flax And Twine but the color is not exactly your style you can follow the same method and use a different shade to make it your own.
16. Ikea Kallax Nightstand Styling
Sometimes less is more when it comes to an Ikea hack. Skip the painting and power tools. For this pretty nightstand setup, it’s all about the accessories and decorative storage solutions.
17. Wood Topped Cube Shelf
Add a plank of wood on top of a plain cube unit to give it a more upscale look. Stain the wood any hue you like to match your decor style.
More Ikea Hacks:
- Whether you need to organize a home office or any other room in your home, these Ikea Alex drawer hacks are here to save the day!
- Hack those Ikea cabinets and bookshelves for completely custom built-in shelving and storage options. The possibilities are endless!
- Take a simple wooden dresser and add a little bit of creativity to create a stunning custom furniture piece, with these 12 Gorgeous Ikea Tarva hacks.