Secondary Storage

Published on April 22nd, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Under-sofa toy story

Yeah, under the sofa is a great spot of unused space. Alix reclaimed it as a kid’s toy storage space, with a surprisingly easy to do hack.

“We have a ‘kid corner’ in the living room, but of course the quantity of toys rapidly outpaced the single corner. Rather than allow the increasing clutter to overwhelm the room, I wanted to find a way to make use of the space under our couch. The Ikea Pax/Komplement wardrobe drawers proved to be the answer. The drawers were a tiny bit too tall, so I had to shorten them about a quarter inch with a table saw. To maximize storage space, wheels rather than casters (which are inevitably under mounts) were needed, and it was also important to mount the wheels to allow for just enough clearance for the drawer to roll. The wheels were surprisingly hard to find, but the internet eventually produced a source.”

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

6 Responses to Under-sofa toy story

  1. Reggie says:

    Just thought I’d leave info for others on the lookout for wheels. Visit the Caster Guy website – he has all kinds of wheels for great prices. Here’s a link to one I bought for my project:

  2. Alix says:

    It’s an Ekornes “Stressless Pegasus, Low-back” sofa.

  3. trek says:

    Alternatively, you could have gotten a set of sofa foot coasters and raised the sofa a quarter of an inch.

  4. Anonymous says:

    my kids would be dumping the content of the drawers and using them as race cars. It would be fun.
    I love the sofa, where did you get it?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Neat idea to use wheels instead of casters!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get that cool sofa?

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