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Hack this: IVAR shelving unit

Got lots to store but tight on room? This clever IVAR shelf hack graduated from our small space challenge idea. We love that it slots out of the way when it’s not needed and can be rolled out when it is. Come see how to make your own.

A customised IVAR shelving unit nestled behind a bed.
A customised IVAR shelving unit nestled behind a bed.

Here’s what you need

1 x IVAR 2 sections/shelf
6 x RILL castors (50mm)
6 x NORRBYN knobs
2 x FÅGLAVIK handles
3 x 500/40mm lengths of wood (pine matches IVAR)
12 x 50mm wood friendly screws
24 x 20mm wood friendly screws (can be longer)
1 x electric drill
And some white paint and a brush, plus masking tape.

1. First up assemble your IVAR shelf’s side units (hold off putting the rest together for now). Then attach your three extra lengths of wood to the bottom of each side unit using 2 x 50mm screws for each leg. Once they’re on attach your castors on the ends using four of your 20mm screws for each.

2. Now you’re set to put together the rest of the shelving unit as per the assembly instructions.

3. Next up, attach the six NORRBYN knobs. We matched the knobs to the shelving unit with a lick of white paint (and the help of some masking tape to keep the paint lines straight).

Our tip

When using screws to connect wooden pieces, it can be easier to drill a hole first. Just make the hole a little smaller than your screw size.

4. We thought it’s a nice touch to add two FÅGLAVIK handles to help pull out the shelf. You’ll need to drill two 5 mm holes through each side unit then use a 4mm x 50mm machine screw to connect them.

5. As a general rule we recommend anchoring all wall shelves to the wall to prevent tipping. So that this one could still roll out ok, we used an EKORRE bracket with a metal wire that can be looped (and unlooped) by the upper shelves.

6. And you’re done! As a final touch try using hooks to make extra hanging space on this storage wonder. Good luck with your hack.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by

Interior designer: Therese Ericsson
Photographer: Sandra Werud
Writer: James Rynd