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Published on July 8th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Expedit storage and room divider from HGTV guy

And we complete the day with one not so easy hack on the Expedit. This is from John Gidding, who has his own HGTV shows. And he turns it into one sexy storage-divider.

John tells us, “I modified that lovely classic, the Expedit. I modeled the shapes using Rhino and AutoCAD and used a CNC machine to mill them out.

Actually it’s all one long piece – made with two Expedit units. One unit hugs the wall as pure storage, and the other encloses a small office behind it, so yes – works as a room divider. So the above 3 photos are of the same overall design.

Below are some renderings that show how they work together – the area between the two units is where you walk into the office space.The standalone is bolted to a wall on the other end. The only side of the Expedits that’s really exposed is the one that’s been bolted – all other sides have this system attached to it. I painted the additional shelves a high-gloss white so it matched the white Expedit.

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Jules Yap

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13 Responses to Expedit storage and room divider from HGTV guy

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  2. g says:

    this solves the big problem with newer ikea — everything is a square in a square. ikea needs to take notes — this is simple out definitely outside the square.

  3. Great work John! I love the way you used squares and cubes but made a curvy shape.

  4. Tracy Talbot says:

    so what did you use to make the additional shelving, the yellow sections in the drawing?

  5. Maike says:

    WOW!! this is amazing.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Nice! I still think Expedit is too square, though. If only Lack would diversify its line the way Expedit has.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the advice – this really sets the standard. An innovative use of the stock item and a great looking outcome, great work

  8. Anonymous says:

    I love it! I know this is ikeahacker but why not build the whole divider as now just the addons to expedit? Why even use expedit as basis? It could be curvy all over …

  9. Anonymous says:

    I love this space and I love it all the more because of this incredible hack! (Can it even be called a hack? It’s too professional looking)

    Can John please go work for IKEA so I can buy this?

  10. gilliebean says:


  11. Anonymous says:

    how the f… can i do sth like this by myself?

  12. ichselbst says:

    This is just awesome!
    Great idea…

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