Published on May 25th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Super swank wall-o-shelves dresser

Materials: Expedit bookcases, Lekman bins

Description: We had two of the big daddy Expedit book cases and were using them with Lekman bins as a dresser. As you can see, it’s not so hot looking to be able to see all of your clothes and such through the plastic, so we decided to make fronts. We bought foam core board, and cut them to size. I bought some really cheap cream burlap (like 2 bucks a yard) and we used a spray mount to cover the boards with fabric.

Then we hot glued them to the front of the plastic bins.

I ordered some vintage nobs on ebay. We poked holes in the center of the boards and used a super ghetto combination of washers and cardboard to connect them through the center holes of Lekman boxes.

Does that make sense?

Voila…super sleek looking storage with no socks showing through. Go ikea!

~ Alyssa, Los Angeles,

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20 Responses to Super swank wall-o-shelves dresser

  1. kyriosity says:

    I’m wondering how well a hack like this holds up. Does it still look this great three years later?

  2. Not Gettinrich says:

    wow you managed to use a ikea thread as a soap box… now that’s an ikea hack

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nice idea, but cobbling together something with materials that cost more in total than buying something ready-made seems like a waste of time and money.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “Being overly politically “correct” is far more offensive than the use of a word that is generations away from what it originally meant (and I’m a Jew speaking here). Nothing like shutting down discourse via stupid semantics.”

    Totally agree…To all others, get over yourselves.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous @ December 02, 2011: This is quite a thoughtless and stupid statement. Here’s what “ghetto” means today: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghetto

    Also, the OP is thoughtless and stupid as well.


  6. Anonymous says:

    Being overly politically “correct” is far more offensive than the use of a word that is generations away from what it originally meant (and I’m a Jew speaking here). Nothing like shutting down discourse via stupid semantics.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I agree using the word “ghetto” to describe how you created something is offensive. The ghetto is a cultural entity comprised of disadvantaged individuals sometimes by no fault of their own. That was a truly insensitive statement.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Need more than cardboard and duct tape as doors.

    I would like to add two sliding doors to the front of my Expedit bookcase to keep my 2 year old out of it.

    My only option right now is to use cardboard and duct taped to the front of the lower half. While it is unsightly, my 2 year has figured out how to get around my weak modification.

    Do you think that it is possible to add sliding doors to the front of the bookcase? Have you tried to add sliding doors to your Expedit bookcase?

  9. Heidi says:

    I LOVE this, but in Canada that’d cost $480 in clear plastic bins alone (the ones used here) plus shelves, knobs, mdf. It’s a sexy shelf though. Now that the Drona box is available (granted only in black, pink, and blue, for $6.99 canadian, vs $20 each, it’d be 29% of the bin cost at $140. A hack has to be custom (check) show your personality (check) and for me, be more reasonably priced than something i could pick up at a store. BUT paying for custom is not a bad thing. Just goes against my nature.

  10. Webme1 says:

    Nice hack.

    The look is appropriate for the living room and the bedroom too.

    Looks good, practical and easy to use.

    I’d buy that.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Looks fantastic! I like how you left the top row as open cubbies.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Alyssa- Nice work!

    Previous Anonymous- How’d you manage to misspell super yet use a word like perjorative?

  13. Anonymous says:

    It’s supper classy to use the word ‘ghetto’ as a pejorative.

  14. I was about to spend money to buy the Ikea’s ready made one, similiar to that you have created (when view from the front). Am now gonna do exactly what you did to create the same look at a fraction of the price!

  15. Fraulein N says:

    Ohh, I like this!

  16. Allyson says:

    Super cool. I could see this as a room divider for a dorm or bedroom separating siblings.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Very Resourceful!

  18. Antiope says:

    Wow, that came out really awesome. It looks great!

  19. Helen says:

    Looks great!!

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