Published on February 8th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Happy Hour Hensvik

Materials: Hensvik Cabinet w/Shelf Unit and Hacksaw

Description: I came across this shelf when looking for things for the baby’s room. In the kids/babies department of Ikea was a treasure trove of undiscovered things that could be hacked for adults. What started as a potential helpful piece for storing baby stuff and changing diapers of said baby, turned into a helpful piece for storing grown-up stuff and displaying bottles of said stuff.

This Hensvik cabinet was instead used as a pseudo-mini bar. Here, with a few mods I am now able to keep all my liquor and wine in one place, instead of crowding up the kitchen. The only tools I needed to achieve this was a hacksaw, (any sawing devise should do). An original curved wooden valance on the top was cut cleanly on both ends. This can be left if desired, but I decided to remove it to help prevent the baby association.

On the larger bottom space, the extra shelving was removed to make room for a wine rack. I cut my old wine rack to fit in the bottom. Only a couple of spaces for wine were sacrificed.

I am thinking of placing stainless steel paneling on my new liquor cabinet if I find the right size and right priced parts … Happy drinking!

~ Alastar Buttons, Las Vegas, NV

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

One Response to Happy Hour Hensvik

  1. Anonymous says:

    I can’t believe no one has made a comment here. So, did you pay full price for the cabinet? This really is a smart hack. I’d attempt it myself except I’m looking to go a little less expensive than the cost of the Hensvik Cabinet and avoid any sawing. Good job, though! Really great.

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