Published on November 2nd, 2010 | by Jules IKEAHacker


Effektiv Hallway Bench

Materials: Effektiv low add-on unit and shelf; Effektiv plinth; electric drill; Ritva cushions

Description: This was an unplanned, rather simple hack, so I didn’t think to take pictures until after I put it together. I made a hallway bench from Effektiv parts, to coordinate with some other pieces I already own.

Instead of assembling the plinth on the base of the Effektiv cabinet, which would’ve made the bench too high to sit on comfortably, I drilled pilot holes in the top of the cabinet and mounted the plinth as shown. Two Ritva cushions finish the bench. It provides the perfect height and support for both me and my 6 foot, 280-pound husband, and holds up to 8 pairs of shoes.

~ Nanners

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10 Responses to Effektiv Hallway Bench

  1. jo says:

    good looking, and i like it, look like it’s functional but, before planning one for me, what do 280pound and 6 foot husband correspond to, in meters and grams?

  2. Alan Fuller says:

    280lb = 127kg, 6ft = 1.83m

  3. Anonymous says:

    Silly metric system….hehe =)

  4. Andres says:

    I like – how much did it cost you in total?

  5. Nanners says:

    $85 total. It cost more than buying an actual Ikea shoe bench (such as the Skar) but it’s wider, nicer looking, and more comfortable than the Skar. And I like that I can convert it into a bookshelf if I get bored of it.

  6. Anonymous says:

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  7. Jules says:

    Nanners, I’ve removed that rude comment. My apologies for not catching it earlier.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the idea. We made this (sans cushions) to be a shoe hutch/backpack shelf for our stair landing. Works great except could only find glass middle shelf for Effectiv system.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Is the shelf Effektiv as well or some other series? There does not seem to be a Effektiv shelf on the US website.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Excellent! Do you think casters could be added to this – without making it too tall and still comfortable to sit on? I would like to build this shelf, but in front of a closet door and moving it would be helpful.

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