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Published on February 24th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


hackeas: an instant attic, legs and kitchen utensil holders

an instant attic
kathleen created an “instant attic,” courtesy of ikea’s gorm shelves, which somehow fitted her old-style high ceiling 1920s house perfectly. the shelves rest on the molding snugly. two gorm shelves which cost her a total of $19 are used to create the additional space and they are plenty sturdy for holding bulky storage items like blankets and sleeping bags.

attic space molding

legs for the lack
sophia decides to give the lack shelving unit a little lift. she scoured the internet for brushed chrome, tubular, coffee table legs and found them on heck, the legs cost more than the shelf… but it looks much better.

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andy’s magnetic kitchen utensils hanger
“i always hated the fact that most magnetic hangers can’t cut the mustard when it comes to even lightweight utensils. enter: grundtal!


i took a simple grundtal rail, and paired that with a reversed grundtal magnetic knife rack. the knife rack has more than enough mag power to hold up the rack as well as all the stuff i’m hanging on it!”

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14 Responses to hackeas: an instant attic, legs and kitchen utensil holders

  1. maevonnie says:

    That is so pretty! I especially love the kitchen utensil holder! How ingenious! Right now mine are all in a pitcher on the counter, and things are always getting stuck together and tangled, it gets frustrating! I’ll look into what you did, thanks!

  2. Matt says:

    I just went tonite and bought the grundtal rod and magnetic strip for andy’s hackea. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my 20+ cooking utensils for a long time and this works great!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Christin, it could be that the magnet is reversed. flip it over to stick to the fridge.

  4. Christin says:

    I was trying to remake Andy’s magnetic kitchen utensils hanger, but I’m having issues keeping the grundtal 20″ rod up. Any ideas? Is there something I’m missing?

  5. Jake says:

    Would anyone happen to know how much weight the shelving unit can take when it’s on the side like in this hack? I would think it could be an effective TV bench and with the four holes holding A/V equipment, it’d work.

    Does anyone think it can hold the weight of a plasma TV?

  6. Ajmir Kandola says:

    We used a selection of identical jamjars with ours, works a treat.

  7. Anonymous says:

    A long time ago I saw a display that used those exact legs–they look great, and I’ve always wondered where to find them. But WOW! What’s up with the prices on those things?

  8. Caitlin @ Clutter Cubed says:

    I love the “instant attic” hackea! It only works for the odd space where something like that just happens to fit, but it’s a great idea and actually looks very nice!
    Anything that gives extra storage is good in my books! ^_^

  9. ditto Anonymous: Capita legs come in three different heights for $17-25 for a four-pack.

  10. Anonymous says:

    the instant attic is a great idea – I would paint them white to blend in better though.

  11. uproar says:

    yeah i put capital legs on my lack

    i am interested, however, in how/why she mounted those in the middle

    my understanding is that aside from the border edges (which i mounted mine on – each of the 4 corners), the base is just hollow particleboard and those legs would rip right out

  12. smul says:

    Thats exactly how I did when I put legs on my Lack

  13. Anonymous says:

    Legs for the Lack – why didn’t you just buy the legs from Ikea? The ones shown look exactly like the ones that came with my kitchen cabinets!

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