Remove end panels
Basic Kallax Unit
Step 1: Remove end panels
Notice that the end panels of the original assembled Kallax shelving unit protrude beyond the sides. Remove both panels.
Trim end panels
Step 2: Trim end panels
Trim off the protruding edges.
Attach end panels
Step 3: Attach end panels
Reattach both panels flush with the sides.
Attach plywood panels
Step 4: Attach plywood panels
Cut hardwood plywood panels to wrap around the unit. Make the top and bottom panels long enough to cover the side panels, and cut the side panels to fit tightly between the top and bottom pieces. Cut all the panels wide enough to create a 3/16-in. lip around the front of the shelving unit. Adhere iron-on edge banding to these pieces.
Fasten the panels with flat-head sheet metal screws after drilling countersink pilot holes through the unit. The unit’s frames are hollow, so be careful not to punch through their thin faces when drilling the countersinks. Make sure the screw heads seat flush.
Install plywood inserts
Step 5: Install plywood inserts
Cut plywood to cover the bottom and sides inside the unit. Don’t fasten these pieces with screws; instead, go for a friction fit. Apply iron-on edge banding to the exposed edges.
Step 6: Attach legs
Remove all the plywood parts to apply finish. Finish the legs too. Reinstall the panels and inserts—tack the inserts with small nails or brads. Then attach the legs.
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.
- 4' x 8' x 3/4" birch plywood
- 8' McCobb legs
- Angle top plate for legs (tablelegs.com) - 4
- Birch iron-on edge banding - 25'
- IKEA Kallax Shelving Unit
- No. 12 x 2" flat-head sheet metal screws - 24
- No. 902.758.44
- soft maple (tablelegs.com) - 4
- Wood stain and polyurethane