Published on April 4th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Dra ut hyllan

Materials: Billy shelf (white), 1/2″ white particleboard

Description: A few years ago, I bought my first condo, which had a loft floorplan. Most of the room was one big ground floor, with a small lofted bedroom and even smaller study area/second bedroom. As such, I promised myself that every piece of furniture in the living room would either (1) serve at least two purposes to reduce furniture clutter, or (2) act as storage.

Thus I decided to transform my little Billy shelf into a new IKEA family member, which one of my coworkers dubbed “Dra ut hyllan” (apparently it means “pull out shelf). I call it a craft armoire, because it holds my sewing machine and my crafts.

Details and instructions for the Billy hidden craft armoire are here.

~ Wei-Ling Lorelai Wu, California

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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".

3 Responses to Dra ut hyllan

  1. Anonymous says:

    Aside from having the knob in the center when it transform to desk mode, great design and excellent execution.

  2. Sylke says:

    Great, great, great idea! I might find myself copying this! :)

  3. Kooldog says:

    I love Ikea furnitures, they usually come in a good price and design. Not too crazy about the lifespan but it works for many people who wants quick and inexpensive solution to dress up their home…too bad our living space is getting smaller and smaller, any ideas like this doubling up the function of the furniture will be more valuable for small condo or loft. Furniture designers needs to keep this in mind when they design products.

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