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Published on March 19th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


storage scored from the bargain corner

becky kremer from scotland sent me her hack of miscellaneous wardrobe pieces scored from the as-is section. i’m envious. see what she got for 8 bucks.

“at our ikeas in scotland, they often sell a stack of wood from various pieces of furniture for about £4-5 ($8-10) in the bargain corner. on one stack we bought for £4 we got about 20 pax wardrobe shelves, some darker wood shelves/countertop pieces, various bits of other things and a full pax wardrobe shell that we put together for a friend. from the shelves, we kitted out a few wardrobes we use as storage and put shelves in an closet where we had ripped out a water storage tank. we also put some nice looking shelves in a funny alcove formed by our stairs.

the real hack though was building a custom shelving unit for under our stairs. ours is a hundred year old house that has a quirky and oddly shaped under stair cupboard. standard shelves just wouldn’t fit so the hubby designed shelves to fit on the computer and then assembled them out of the various bits of wood. we wanted shelves to make room for our recycling bin and boxes for different household chores like painting or tiling. we used cardboard fruit boxes to organize that and they work like sliding drawers that we can take out and bring to the project. In the far back, we have a wide low shelf where we store little used items. it’s amazing what £4 got us!

NewShelvingUnit After

some tips from the projects – the nice thing about these bits and pieces is that there is usually a nice finished side to the pieces. as you can see from one of the pics, we got one of the shelves turned around but it was too late in the process and not that important aestetically. the other thing we’ve found from the pressed board stuff is that it makes a huge mess when you cut it so be prepared. when drilling, be sure to start from the ‘right’ side as it will tend to splinter if you come from the back and mess up your pretty side. but otherwise, it really works similarly to regular wood and can be used for lots of things!”

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Jules Yap

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4 Responses to storage scored from the bargain corner

  1. Vidar says:

    Put masking-tape (the stuff you use when painting things) over the area you are going to saw, the line you made will be visible through the tape and the tape will prevent the board from splintering.

  2. rebecca says:

    great idea. in the first photo of the narrow shelves, what brackets did you use to mount them? i have a similar size space i’m trying to put shelves in. thanks!

  3. Anonymous says:

    That under-stairs shelf unit is brilliant! The under-stairs cupboard in my house (also in the UK) is exactly the same shape, though the door is on the narrow left wall to where yours is – your solution is exactly what I need!

    Time to make the pilgrimage to Wembley to see what I can find. :)

  4. Zieak says:

    When drilling through any material you can prevent the “back” side from becoming an ugly splintered mess by placing a piece of scrap wood underneath the board you are drilling. If you can clamp them or even stand on them you’ll end up with a clean circle on both sides.

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