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Published on December 11th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Artful Expedit

Materials: Ikea Expedit Bookcase, 4 mm screw eyes, 1/2″ cup hooks, 12×12 canvases

Description: I love my Ikea Expedit bookcase but I wanted to hide some of my unsightly clutter (like ratty library books and student papers waiting to be graded).

I painted five 12×12 canvases with some DIY “art” and affixed them to my Expedit with screw eyes and cup hooks, so the paintings act like swinging doors.

Install was simple:

1. My Hubby & I measured where the hooks should go, marking the measurement on tape instead of the shelf.

2. We installed the hooks using pliers, then removed the tape.

3. We added two screw eyes to each canvas – carefully measuring the distance each time because the canvases aren’t 100% uniform.

The “doors” easily swing or come off to access what is behind, but hide the clutter and general ugliness that lurks behind perfectly. And the whole project cost less than one Ikea Expedit door.

See more of the artful Expedit.

~ Tanya, Canada

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24 Responses to Artful Expedit

  1. Ana Sommers says:

    This is fantastic! We own way too many Expedits and I’ve been trying to come up with a better solution to hiding clutter than $25 doors on an $80 shelf. I’m an artist too so this is a perfect solution! And I love the suggestion of themed ones for the holidays. It would be fun to have the kids to some finger painting/abstract art too and display it this way too.

  2. Greg Ferguson says:

    Agree this is an awesome hack. Saw your original post on the Townhouse blog and left a comment there as well. Wondering if anyone has any experience using Panyl’s ikea finishes to decorate an expedit. I’m thinking about it, but can’t find any reviews.

    • Susanne says:

      I did not use panyl’s (which I find very expensive- just my too cents) but I decorated an old brekke wardrobe and an expedit plus a lot expedit doors with decoration/ furniture film? (I don’t know the exact English translation for it)- it looks awesome and is a really cheap way to pimp up old/ damaged or just furniture in the wrong color!
      I used film with nice wood decor- looks really noble!

  3. George Soroceanu says:

    Indeed, a very practical idea. Well done, Tanya.
    Your solution is far more efficient, than the usual storage boxes, especially for those needing repeated access to the stuff within Expedit’s “cells”.

    It is a great way to infuse the Expedit with the owner’s personality.

    I live in Europe (Romania, mostly and France) and I am glad to see so many Ikea “hackers” on other continents, as well.

  4. I bought my screw eyes and cup hooks at Lee Valley (leevalley.com). They have Canadian, American and International versions of their site. Not sure if they ship this product, but it is carried in stores. Packs of 100 pieces are only a couple of dollars.

    If there is no Lee Valley near you, try hardware/tool/home renovation stores. Craft stores were of little help to me when I was looking for these.

    Good luck :)

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’m having a horrible time finding silver/stainless hooks. Everywhere I look are all bronze. Where did you get yours?

  6. Anonymous says:

    WOW! Now that I see it, I ask myself why I didn’t came up with a solution like this for myself, instead of buying more and more of these expensive doors. I love this, because it’s such a simple solution!

  7. car badges says:

    It looks so simple, yet so beautiful! i liked the subtle colors you have used like white and blue.. Very lovely looking Book Case.

  8. marikorose says:

    These are so lovely! Thanks for sharing your fabulous idea!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Love it, love it, love it!! :)

  10. Thanks for the positive feedback! I loved reading everyone’s comments.

    To answer a question, the canvases were a 7-pack at Michael’s ($30, minus 40% with a coupon), but most craft supply stores should carry them. They can even be DIY’d. Then I painted the abstracts and chevron with acrylic paint (easy clean-up).

    Happy painting!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been pulling my hair thinking of how to hide those cubes without shelling out so much money for the inserts… This is such an AWESOME idea!

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is simply brilliant!
    I will do this for my EXPEDIT, and the canvases will be painted by my 2-year old daughter :)

  13. Zulaya says:

    I’ve never particularly wanted an expedit….until now! Beautiful, and even more important, BRILLIANT idea. There are so many ways you could go with this!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    What a great job!~ I love it! Sally

  15. This is a great solution to everyone’s problem; clutter! I love this!

  16. jujupinto says:

    where did you get the canvases?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Very pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  18. modern jane says:

    Such a great idea! She is one smart girl!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Love the idea, the canvases are interchangeable so you could make up some themed canvases to put up for special occasions like Christmas, Valentines etc. Love this hack, well done :)

  20. Thanks for featuring my Ikea Hack! I’ve lived with it for more than a week and am so happy with the results: very functional and much less clutter to look at! I hope everyone enjoys :)

  21. Anonymous says:

    Really REALLY good!

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