Ikea Kallax Hack: Mid-Century Modern Console

Customize store-bought "RTA" furniture to suit your needs

With this Ikea Kallax hack, mimic a mid-century modern classic by turning a simple shelving unit on its side, wrapping it with plywood inside and out, and attaching legs. Our materials cost was about $250.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine


One day




$100 - $500

Remove end panels

Trim end panels

Attach end panels

Attach plywood panels

Install plywood inserts

Attach legs

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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.

  • Hammer
  • 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, Birch, No. 902.758.44
  • 8" McCobb legs, soft maple (tablelegs.com) - 4
  • Angle top plate for legs (tablelegs.com) - 4
  • 4' x 8' x 3/4" birch plywood
  • Birch iron-on edge banding - 25'
  • No. 12 x 2" flat-head sheet metal screws - 24
  • Wood stain and polyurethane

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