Published on March 28th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Expedit Wine Rack

Any expedit, spare expedit shelves (or just any other wooden shelves), saw, paint

Description: As I wanted a wine rack, but had no place left to put one, my eye turned to the Expedit I had in use as a room divider. Noticing how it might accommodate four bottles in a # design, I set out to make an Expedit style wine rack.

Really all you need is four shelves, a saw, and some patience. Spare Expedit shelves will do great, since they’re already in a matching color and of the right
size*, but any shelves will do.

Saw two slots into each shelf at exactly 1/3 and 2/3 of the width (see schematic). Paint the shelves as required, then slide them together and insert into Expedit. That’s all!

* actually, if you go with Expedit shelves, have a mind to take out the saw and make them square, instead of rectangular. I didn’t realize at the time that the Expedit “squares” are not cubes – their depth is greater than height and width. Using square shelves will leave you with about 3 inches of extra storage space behind the bottles, and the shelves will still be longer than any wine bottle you’ll put in.

~ Joost, The Netherlands

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11 Responses to Expedit Wine Rack

  1. Anonymous says:

    I simply used EKBY LAIVA shelves, cut them to 18″ lengths, and slid them into the EXPEDIT to made stackable wedge spaces. It works great!


  2. Anonymous says:

    Man, I had been contemplating how to solve my Expedit/wine storage-issues for weeks now. So simple, so obvious. Thanks!

  3. Nic Ma says:

    I think turning the win rack 90 degrees would make it look better, since the horizontal lines will be the unbroken ones. Just a thought.

  4. This insert would probably work for a wine rack if you didn’t want to attempt the hack: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50170085 It’s a 4×4 $20 insert – Article Number: 501.700.85

  5. blaquemamba says:

    This is fantastic. Too bad I can’t just go into Ikea and pick up an Expedit Wine Rack insert.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Parts of Sweden is still alive and active and their wine rack for Expedit is great!

  7. Sleek, stylish…GREAT idea!

  8. Anonymous says:

    When seeing your DIY insert for wine bottles, I remembered the Site that offers Ikea “Tuning” parts: http://www.partsofsweden.se/website1/ikea-/-/expedit-

    They offer inserts for the expedit as well. Nevertheless I have the feeling, that the shop is no more active, as the design of the site has not changes for ages. Anybody already ordered there?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Watch out for the weight of bottles. I looked at doing a similar thing (with higher numbers of bottles) but the shelves are too flimsy to be serious wine racks. Shame! but the Gorm shelves are much tougher.
    Ikea give a weight rating for the shelves.

  10. srah says:

    I can’t believe Ikea itself hasn’t cashed in on a wine-rack insert for Expedit yet. I feel like that would sell really well!

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