Published on September 8th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Rastasticly easy

Materials: Rast nightstands (x4), Rationell Variera

Description: With a little upside-down perspective and some museum putty, I managed to get a perfect fit out of 4 Rast nightstands.

While no great shakes technically (unless museum putty is a challenge), this mini-hack created desk-side storage that perfectly(!) fits my printer (with no wasted vertical space) and provides the perfect space for the Rationell Variera storage bins I just couldn’t pass up.

I started with 4 Rast nightstands already assembled and stacked in a regular 2-over-2 setup. It just wasn’t working. There just wasn’t any good use for the 3.5 inches of space between the floor and the bottom shelf.

So I upended the two bottom Rast stands, thus adding that 3.5 inches of space to the top of the stand. Then, when I placed the remaining two stands on top of the two on the bottom (“right” way up) … viola! An extra shelf with almost 7 inches of space – PERFECT for those new white plastic storage bins that weren’t fitting anywhere else.

For a little stability, I used museum putty between the bottom and top Rast rails.

Who knew that such a small change could make such a big difference?

~ Andrea Villa, San Diego, CA

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One Response to Rastasticly easy

  1. Chan says:

    Such a great idea. Have used it myself! Hehe. Its also great to drill holes and add all sorts of things suited to different needs, like you’ve done with that eye hook. Woot! Thanks!

  2. shel says:

    i do just love when something fortuitously fits like it was made to! :0)

    have you thought about painting it all white, to go with the storage unit on top and boxes for a more chic finish?

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