Published on October 16th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Sawing the HYLLIS

HYLLIS metal shelves, saw, sandpaper

Description: When I moved into my apartment last year, the stove and the fridge ended up having this annoying gap between them. I thought it would be a pity to just to let it be and leave all this valuable storage/counter space unexploited, so I got busy going through the IKEA catalogue for something that would fit the gap just right.

I was lucky. Hello there, super-cheap HYLLIS metal shelves!

At 60cm deep and 27cm wide, it was like if I had ordered them to fit. And if I remember correctly, I paid 12 euros for them, but the price in the new 2011 catalogue has been reduced and they now cost only 8,95 in Greece. Total bargain.

Problem was, HYLLIS is tall. I wanted something that would act as a extension of the stove top, so I would be able to use the surface while cooking, letting pots and pans cool off and stuff like that. HYLLIS is 140cm tall while my stove only reaches 85cm.

So I grabbed my saw.

The shortest half is the one that used to be the bottom and the now tall half used to be the top. I sawed just over the third shelf, and the height of the top half turned out to be just perfect as you can see from the first picture of this post.

I only had to go over the legs with some sandpaper so I could pop on the plastic thingies that protect your floor from the metal, and it was ready!

See more here.

~ Pinelopi, Athens, Greece

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13 Responses to Sawing the HYLLIS

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love you!!! I have exactely the same problem. I don’t know what to say than…I love you!! Thank you!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I wonder how much of you put the stove ( gets hot) right next to the fridge ( should be cold)

    Its seems like a waste of energy there since the cold fridge has to counter the hot stove and uses more energy that way.

    Also for throwing away old electrics while its not perfectly good for the enviroment getting rid of super old fridges can save you alot of money for energy

  3. Joao says:

    Very good and cheap idea.
    I’m doing it this week for my gap between stove and fridge. I will also use the lower sawed part of it for phone table, maybe.
    If the floor is indeed marble, I can assure u that u can wipe the (what appears to be oxide) stains with bleach (not diluted) and some serious scrubbing. Did it on my toilet room successfully, it had similar stains and it’s marble too.
    Thank you

  4. Robj98168 says:

    Great idea- I need to do something simular in my kitchen. I did’nt ralize how shiny the Hyllis was- great Hack

  5. Moontree says:

    @ Pinelopi:

    I assure you I am quite nice, and I never said you don’t scrub your floors! I just said it would be a good chance to get back there with a mop while you’re at it. From your picture one would assume the floor is a little messy; it looks like scruffy linoleum rather than stained marble, but i apologize for my mistake. My floor gets like that in the same spot next to the fridge, too.

  6. lopi says:

    Hi there, it’s Pinelopi!

    First of all, thank you Jules for featuring my hack, I’ve been a fan of this blog for quite a while now and it’s an honor!

    @ Anonymous #1
    I was never one of those people to buy new stuff just for the sake of it. I moved in, it worked, I kept it. Simple as that. It would be a waste to throw out a perfectly good stove just because it looks old, non?

    Well, not very nice of you to think that I don’t scrub my floors, but unfortunately the marble is permanently stained in that spot.

  7. Lucretius says:

    Well done penelopi.

    (Mallon ta kano kai ego kati analogo stn kouzina mou.)

  8. Moontree says:

    Very clever! But wow, i hope you get a chance to scrub the floor while you’re back there…….

  9. Zippersabrat says:

    I love when I find something at IKEA that fits a spot perfectly! I had an annoying “dressing table” counter in my bedroom…I ripped it out and found a dresser that fit the cubby hole perfectly. :o )

  10. nycitysky says:

    This is excellent. Custom, easy, useful, I love it. Great idea.

  11. Anonymous says:

    @anon numero uno

    Are you posting from an alternate universe where rentals are known for gorgeous, up-to-the-minute fixtures?

  12. Anonymous says:

    And anon’s manners appear to have moved out entirely…

    Good, simple hack- altering an ikea product to suit your exact needs. Ignore the rude one- good job!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Nice hack, but judging from your stove you apparently moved into the late 1970s as well…

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