Published on August 12th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Double Up the Hyllis

Materials: 2 Hyllis shelving units, a good screwdriver

The Hyllis is a nice piece of furniture to begin with, in my opinion, despite the awful name.Simple, honest metal and a few screws. Lovely. Also, the Hyllis is embarrasingly cheap.

The idea is simple – stock to units on top of each other. Save space, get a cooler looking piece of furniture.

You need a screwdriver that can make holes in metal.

1. Assemble one shelving unit completely, except for the plastic feet, and the shelve nearest to the ground. Lay it down on the floor.
This will be the top.

2. Put the long vertical pieces of metal in extension to the first unit you assembled, and decide how high you want it to be.

3. Drill holes so that you can assemble the two units, measure the distance to the pre-drilled holes so it will be even.

4. Screw in the shelf that overlaps the two units, through both the units.

5. Assemble the rest of the shelves in the lower part, and you’re done.

My explanation is crap, look at the pictures and I’m sure you understand it right away. It’s very simple.

Important: Make sure you know how high the ceiling is, and make sure there’s room enough to raise the shelving unit to an upright position when you’re done. I was only able to make it fit because the old house I live in has a bumpy uneven ceiling.

~ Lea, Copenhagen, Denmark

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14 Responses to Double Up the Hyllis

  1. Phil Connors says:

    There’s little need to worry about it falling over if it’s as close to the ceiling as pictured. Given how tightly it is wedged in place, there’s simply no room for it to fall.

  2. Liz says:

    I just did this without making any new holes, just drilled two of the shelves into the top rods and the bottom and it was super easy and looks great!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I missed this hack, but ended up doing the same thing with two Hyllis in my entryway. It’s fine provided you don’t overload the unit – mine is fairly sparsely populated. I also bolted mine to the crown molding. I should clean it up and take a snapshot – it’s a great, incredibly inexpensive hack.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have double stacked the Hyllis in two apartments now. I actually just bought 4 more sets to expand my storage. Definitely secure to the wall at the top and in the middle, especially if you plan to have heavy stuff like books on them. Depending on ceiling height you may need to assemble the two shelves separately and hold them atop one another to attach (I first assembled on the ground and there wasn’t enough space to tilt the shelves up!) It is also fun to change the height and spacing between the shelves.
    They also work to secure directly to the wall, I currently have one unit suspended over an old fashioned radiator.

    The extra shelves I use upside down for my house plants like drip-trays.

  5. Lea says:

    Bangs > Awesome that looks good! I like the idea of adding extra shelves and using the whole thing for shoes.

    • Hi Lea,

      I was wondering how much space there is in the side-openings, between the vertical ‘legs’ of the Hyllis. I’m asking because I was planning on ‘connecting’ a couple of Hyllis Shelving Units by feeding wooden planks through opening in the sides. I hope you understand my question and you are willing to answer it.

      Thanks in advance!


  6. Bangs says:

    copied you! I needed some taller shelving and had been trying to figure out how to use my Hyllis(s). This was a perfect solution:

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  8. Lea says:

    I store some heavier stuff in the lower part of it, which probably makes it more sturdy.

    It’s been sitting like this for a few years now, and it hasn’t fallen down on me yet. I’m sure it would be safer to secure it to the wall. That should be possible with a few screws, maybe even without ruining the lean look..

  9. Anonymous says:

    Great job! Since I´m from Sweden I can explain the name “Hyllis”. The word “hylla” means “shelf”. So a direct translation of the name would be “shelfy”…but I´m not sure if that is so much better :-)


  10. You did great work! I’ve came to know from this blog about this wall furniture. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  11. scmtngirl says:

    I have a Hyllis in my laundry room. It’s pretty dang wobbly, and I know I screwed everything together as tight as possible. Cool idea, but I would be wary of double-deckering this unit unless you somehow fasten the top of it to the wall.

  12. Dusty says:

    Its great, but it screams ‘secure it to the wall’ at me.

  13. Rob Carpo says:

    Excellent job! You should be very proud of that.

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