Published on February 2nd, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Expedit Bar

Materials: Expedit, Capita, Lack

Description: Just screw the LACK wall shelf with CAPITA brackets on an EXPEDIT room divider.

Ready for the next cocktail party :-)

~ Eva, Leverkusen, Germany

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19 Responses to Expedit Bar

  1. Anonymous says:

    can someone please provide instructions on how to do this?

  2. Anonymous says:

    What is the maximum weight this can support? I was hoping to do the same with four capita legs, a LACK shelf (or two) and a Galant series desk, however the weight it has to bear is somewhere in the region of 120lb or 50Kg

  3. Jan says:

    still have some question how solid the fix is when the width of the Expedit side is 5CM and the length of the bolt also 5CM. With such little thread remaning on the bolt, how can it be secure? Does one have to remove some material of the 5CM width to fit the bolt?

  4. Anonymous says:

    built it great idea serves as a bar and modern bookshelf. Looks better in the Brown/Black wood.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This question is for Mike Riley. I am new to ikea hacks and I was wondering if you have a demonstration video. I really like this bar but I am concerned about the structure as well. The way you explained it seems safer but it is confusing for someone who never built anything :) . [email protected]

  6. Mike Riley says:

    This isn’t very stable if you don’t add some support to the places where the brackets are attached, it’s very thin plywood on both sides and could rip out pretty easily.

    My friend and I just put this exact same setup together and we did a few things to make it more stable:

    1. We got some really tough adhesive and put it against the bottom of the washers that rest on top of the bar surface.
    2. Before sliding the brackets through the bar surface we got some hardening gap filler / sealant foam and sprayed a generous amount in there
    3. After we slid the brackets through and then attached the nuts underneath we cleaned up all of the excess adhesive and sealant, then supported the bar using some books to keep it in place while everything hardened.

    Hope this helps someone! I really recommend doing this if you’re going to build the bar like this because other wise it really can’t support any weight, just someone leaning on it would cause it to tear apart I imagine.

  7. Eva says:


    Sorry for late answer, but I did not notice, that my hack was already posted ;-) .

    All you need for this bar is:

    1 x Expedit, 49 Euro
    1 x Lack Shelf 1,90 m, 9,99 Euro
    2 x Capita brackets, 16 Euro each

    We wanted to use Plexiglass for the front, too, but this would be as expensive as the whole bar ;-) .

    It is right, that the backside of the LACK shelf is not very nice, but you could use a steel cover or something like that. We did not do anything about the backside, because we are the only one persons staying behind this bar, entertaining our guests ;-) .

    Regarding the tipping problem…there is no tipping problem…the LACK shelf is not heavy, and for the first party, we filled some bottles in it and it was OK. But if you want to be on the safe side, just put some kind of feet under this bar, approx. 10 cm longer than the depth of the Expedit shelf. We did not do that, because we thought that this could be a trip hazard for our guests.

    For bringing on the Capita brackets, you have got to bore some holes first, and then use the screw with the nut from the Capita package. It is a little bit difficult, because there are just some millimeter left to put on the screw.

    Greetings from Leverkusen!

  8. Viviana says:

    I third the brackets question.
    I would be concerned about this thing tiping over my guests.

  9. karen.j.cosme says:

    too perfect. now i don’t have to buy a bar because i have a third unopened expedit unit waiting for…this! with a lack shelf, casters, and supports, this unit will look so spiffy! if i had a small apt, this would be a great dining bar – store non-perishable breakfast food, bowls, flatware. thank you! yes, i’m excited!

    and you could easily bolt that thing to the floor with round-end l-brackets so the piggies don’t catch.

  10. I did a variation on this, but had trouble fitting the Capita brackets through the top of the expedit – how did you resolve this for your bar?

  11. Anonymous says:

    I second the question of it tipping? It looks like a great idea I might try and imitate a bit, but am curious on how secure this current design is when anyone puts their elbows and leans a bit on the lack shelf.

  12. Anonymous says:

    This bar needs legs or wheels, the metal legs from the kitchen cabinets are a perfect match.

    I don’t know if the lack selves are finished on all 4 sides but if you get the rite color to begin with, there are always scraps (the thin wood that goes behind the cabinet) in the as is, that would match. Or you get a scrap at a hardware store & paint it. A very cool Hack.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Immer noch super, Hab sie schon im Forum bewundert ;-)

  14. David says:

    Nice bar

    I just wanted to drop a line because I noticed that you are from Leverkusen. I was born and raised in Leverkusen and am currently living in Aachen. Thought it was a nice coincidence. Grüße

  15. Sing says:

    I like this alot, very good idea for a simple modern bar.

  16. Anonymous says:

    How is the bar secured to the floor or wall? Kinda looks like the whole thing will tip forward if someone leans on it or puts too much weight on the bar top.

  17. Anonymous says:

    For those not so great with IKEA terms/parts, can you list out exactly what you had to buy to build this and the cost? Looks great!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I like the idea! I’d be interested in seeing the shelves with bottles on them.

    One tweak might be putting plexiglass across the front so a stray knee doesn’t knock bottles/glasses off the shelves.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Are the lack shelves finished on all 4 sides? Seems like the backside of the bar might not look the best?

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