6 Brilliant Ikea Hacks for the Kallax Shelf

I have been collecting ideas for thrifty ways to create a low console for a living room niche in our Arizona house that is currently completely bare. While I would love to have my husband build something custom (his skills are brilliant!), I also don’t want to wait two years since I’m anxious to wrap up that house makeover project. So I have returned more than once to the idea of hacking an Ikea Kallax shelf.

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Kallax has a simple geometric design, and the shelves can be used both vertically and horizontally or combined in a multitude of configurations. There are amazing ways to customize the Ikea Kallax, and I’m sharing a handful of creative ones today. Ready to check out some smart Ikea hacks?


Kitchen Organization Cubbies with Ikea Kallax shelves. (above)

Ikea Kallax Shelf

Find Kallax Shelf at Ikea HERE.


This genius DIY Kitchen island by Jen Lou Meredith

Ikea Kallax Kitchen Island Hack by Jen Lou Meredith
Jen Lou Meredith


Smart bar cart.


Clever dresser.


Bench or banquette topped with custom cushion or naked!

Image result for kallax shelf custom banquette
Ikea Kallax window seats


Ikea Kallax platform bed.

Which Ikea Hack is your favorite?

Find Kallax Shelf at Ikea HERE.

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  1. October 6, 2017 / 10:20 am

    okay .. your site is looking amazing (I need help with mine!) IKEA is great and I don’t go nearly enough. Love these hacks! xo

    • michele
      October 6, 2017 / 7:47 pm

      Thanks, gorgeous! xox

    • michele
      October 7, 2017 / 3:05 pm

      Thank you! Yours always looks beyond lovely! xox

  2. Ellen Shook
    October 6, 2017 / 10:25 am

    This post is so timely because we just ordered three of these! I will let you know how it works out if you are interested.

    • michele
      October 6, 2017 / 7:48 pm

      Ha! That’s awesome, Ellen. Can’t wait to hear. I need these!

    • michele
      October 7, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      Happy weekend, friend. 🙂

  3. Lubna
    April 10, 2019 / 8:39 am

    I love these ideas..
    Example like the benches, do they hold weight well nd are they sturdy?
    U know the max weight for these shelves? The 5×1 ones..

    • Michele
      April 10, 2019 / 1:36 pm

      I don’t have them in our home, but keep in mind I believe they are hollow. If possible, seem them in person and ask an Ikea employee for the particulars.

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