Ikea Kallax Hack: Craft Room Storage

Ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture isn't just inexpensive. It’s also super adaptable!

Hack the Ikea Kallax shelf to build a worktable with a huge surface, convenient craft storage and easy mobility by sandwiching three small storage units between a base with casters and a plywood top with hardwood edging.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine






$100 - $500

Make the top and base

Fasten units to base

Fasten top

Attach casters

Round edges and install drawers

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Cordless drill
  • Table saw

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • IKEA Kallax Shelving Unit, No. 202.794.59 (3)
  • IKEA Kallax Insert with Two Drawers, No. 702.866.50 (2)
  • 4' x 8' x 3/4" birch plywood (2)
  • Birch iron-on edge banding - 25'
  • 3/4" x 1-1/2" birch or maple solid wood - 20'
  • 3" locking swivel casters (4)
  • No. 12 x 2" flat-head sheet metal screws (24)
  • Polyurethane, wood glue

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