DIY IKEA Hack – Kallax TV stand

Ikea. We probably all love it and hate it. Putting together Ikea furniture has ended more than once in either a disaster with your spouse or maybe ended up the reason why the two of you can become closer. If you can survive Ikea furniture, you can probably survive anything.

IMG_2654I’m a big fan of Ikea. My house is filled with Ikea furniture, although you probably will not immediately recognize. Because, even though I am a fan of the Ikea design, I am an even bigger fan of Ikea hacks! Just google the word or check out on Pinterest and you will find the one hack after the other. It’s amazing how creative people can become when they want to upgrade a piece of furniture. So when I moved into my apartment and was low on budget, I also decided to get the basic Ikea stuff but make it look a bit more nicer!

Today I will be sharing with you a DIY of one of my favorite Ikea hacks. Truthfully, people never even realize the basis of this piece of furniture is actually from our Swedish friends which always makes me feel a bit more excited about it!

Ok – so for this particular hack you are going to need the following materials:

1x Ikea Kallax – single cabinet (you can choose either black, brown or white. I’ve chosen white)
1x An old pallet that you can take apart

How to start

Step 1:

What you need:

  • Ikea Kallax cabinet

What you do:
Start by putting together the Kallax cabinet. Just follow the instructions given by Ikea but with one exception: you leave out the middle plank. With that you will be able to create a larger opening in the middle which you will need later:



Step 2:

What you need:

  • An old pallet
  • A hammer with a soft top

What you do:
The second step is to get a bit angry and take apart a pallet. Yes, a pallet. You are going to need this wood to cover the front and the sides of the cabinet. A hammer is more than sufficient. Start by taking off the two bottom planks, then you should be able to move the top planks one by one as well. Took me about an hour to get it done, because I was also just taking care to do it nicely and neatly.



Step 3:

What you need:

  • The leftover planks from the pallet you took apart
  • Wood glue
  • Screwdriver and screws

What you do

The third step means taking your cabinet outside and start measuring the wooden planks. The width of the pallet planks matches perfectly to the width of the Kallax cabinet so you will only need 5 planks in total. The length, however, is a bit of a challenge. I’ve chosen to make a bit of a pattern on my cabinet. You start off with gluing the planks onto the top of the cabinet. It is important to let this dry for a bit afterwards- then add screws in any case on both ends of the cabinets. In my case I decided to add screws on each plank-end, ensuring that it’s in any case fixed tight. For drying and letting it sit I added two cased filled with books on the top.


Step 4

What you need:

  • Leftover planks from the pallet
  • Saw
  • Screwdriver and screw

What you do

To make the sides look nice, I decided to also cover these. I carefully measured the lengths of the sides and then started to saw. Afterwards it’s just a simple matter of screwing the planks onto the side of the cabinet and you’re done.




Step 5

What you need:

  • Lefover planks from the pallet
  • Two small planks that can serve as holders
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver and screws

What you do

Now – as I already mentioned earlier I need you to leave out the middle plank when assembling the Kallax cabinet. This is necessary to make a small horizontal stand where you can add all your devices (in my case my mediaplayer, TV player and my XBOX 360). Start by drilling holes in the two small planks big enough for screws to entirely fit through. Then measure the distance on the two remaining planks inside the cabinet and attach the holders to the planks with screws.

Step 5

After that, you take the leftover planks from the pallet and you measure them again in the same length as what you have available. Put them together in a horizontal fashion, then take pallet plank #5 and put that vertically on top of the 4 horizontal planks. In this way you can easily keep the planks together. Screw the fifth plank tied and you’re done! Now you have assembled yourself a small plank which you can easily use to store all of your devices. Add that into the cabinet and you’re done!


Optional upgrade

What you could to at the end is measure the complete size of the back of your cabinet, get to any homeworker market and let them saw you a wooden cover. I afterwards drilled a bigger hole in the middle to manage all my cables and even used the back plate to add some cable management. That will kind of look like this:



And there it is, your very own Ikea Kallax cabinet hack. In my opinion this looks quite stylish and cool and I’m a big, big fan!



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  1. Pingback: DIY IKEA HACK – Lack planks with a special touch | Dimphh

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