IKEA Kallax Table Hack

So we’re big believer in Ikea around here but when our old IKEA coffee table was looking worse for wear (ahem… we tried to paint a lacquered table and forgot to sand it first, the paint did not stick well to say the least), we were hard pressed to find a table with enough storage! Thanks to this DIY venture we’ve got supplies spilling out of pretty much every nook and cranny of the apartment. Coffee tables that did fit our needs were upwards of $300 + dollars! But while staring at some Kallax shelves, Adam and I were struck by an idea, we’d make our own for half the price! To make this DIY extra fun, we’ll do it IKEA graphics style (with a little more text).

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What You’ll Need:

  • 2 – Kallax Shelving units, assembled with the hanging brackets set aside
  • 1 – 58″ by 33″ inch piece of plywood (choose the wood grain pattern carefully! You’ll be looking at it a lot)
  • 8 – Long screws
  • No odor Polyurethane, water based
  • Power Drill

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Make sure your 2 Kallax Shelves (represented below) are fully assembled!
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What To Do:

1. Push the two shelves together, the cubbies should be facing the sides, and make sure that the ends line up with one another. (shown from the top – top image, and the side – bottom image).

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2. Using the hanging brackets and screws that came with the Kallax shelves, screw the bracket in so that connects the interiors of the two shelves (see below). You can use the pre-drilled holes for the brackets on the interior of the shelves though two holes should be left open.

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3. Sand down the top and edges of the plywood so that they’re smooth. Plop the plywood on top of the two shelves and line it up so that it has an even lip on the long sides.

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4. Screw on the plywood top in place using the extra 8 long screws, being careful to ensure that the screws are lined up to be in the outer wall of the shelf.

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5. Brush the Polyurethane onto the plywood top, following the cans drying instructions. I recommend 3 coats, it will darken the table top slightly (but in a good way!) and protect it from scratching and wear and tear.

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6. Pop baskets, boxes or blankets into your cubbies and fill them with crafting supplies (my preference) or workout equipment (Adam’s preference).

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3 Comments on IKEA Kallax Table Hack

  1. Morgan
    January 5, 2017 at 9:38 am (5 months ago)

    How was the life span on this?

    My husband and I use Kallax shelves (the 4×4) for board games and have Ikea furniture throughout our home. We’re trying to replace our coffee table but can’t find one we like. After finding this we’re intrigued. However, we’re NOT DIY people. We struggle with just making meals for ourselves. But we might just try it

    Any other trips or tricks for this DIY dud?

    Reply
    • Veronica
      Veronica
      February 11, 2017 at 1:59 am (3 months ago)

      Hello! It’s held up remarkably well, we still use it today actually! The storage space has been wonderful.

      I do have a few things I’d recommend, the big one being – I would’ve added three supporting boards underneath and put the whole thing on casters (those heavy duty wheels often seen under filing cabinets. Once the baskets are in it it’s a pretty heavy coffee table to move.

      I’d also recommend getting a nicer piece of top wood if you’ll be using this a long time, and be sure to seal the top! You can buy sealant at big box stores like Home Depot and it typically comes in a paint can. The sealant will prevent water damage and protect the top of your table :)

      I hope that helps!

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