Hemnes kitchen

Published on August 28th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Hemnes for the kitchen

HEMNES add-on-unit for secretary

Description: My favourite ‘AS IS’ section had the HEMNES add-on-unit for a secretary for 19 Euro!! at IKEA Frankfurt.

We needed a cabinet for you kitchen. So I added feet (wood from construction market), changed the knobs to silver IKEA ones and covered the top (with many holes for cables ecc.) with tiles that I found in the recycling court of our city.

Inside I added some more shelves and painted them with BEHANDLA with.

I love it as it is not too deep for storage.

~ Heiko, Frankfurt/Germany

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4 Responses to Hemnes for the kitchen


    Hi again, I posted this hack a while ago.

    Please make sure to drill the covering board down with an extra screw on each side to make sure that it does not bend during putting on the wet glue for the tiles.

    Greets from Frankfurt/Germany


  2. Heiko says:

    Hi there!
    Sorry for getting back to you only now.

    I used the board with the holes(for cables) for the top as I knew that I was going to cover them with tiles.

    It is a good idea to have the top board custom made.
    Maybe also in stone or metal?

    My Hemnes I found in the ‘as is’ section so I just took what was standing there.

    I only added the feet.

    This add-on piece is perfect as it is not deep and at the end of the day you find your stuff. We use it for food, cans, pasta ecc.

    Greets from Frankfurt and thanks for your msg.


  3. Anonymous says:

    actually, your cabinet is also placed upside down as compared to the original design, right?
    this is interesting because I also would like to use this add-on as a separate cabinet
    I did not plan to turn it upside down as you did (good idea) and I planned to get a customized piece of wood for the top because, according to ikea’s instructions, the very top of the cabinet (which is at the bottom in your version) is to be gotten from the secretary itself.
    did you build your bottom piece, as well as adding the legs?

  4. Chris FFM says:

    wow, excellent work Heiko :-) )) I wish I was as talented around the house. Sadly I have absolutely no idea about creative DIY..

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