Published on June 22nd, 2012 | by Jules Yap


EXPEDITion Small-Room-Closet

Materials: EXPEDIT tv storage unit, DIODER 4-piece light strip set, clothes rail and support

Description: Yes. I have to admit. I love having lots of space too, but as my collegiate destiny decided, the sweetest flat share I found was at the same time the one with the smallest room. So I decided to move in with the nicest people and to see filling this room in the most beautiful and cheap way as the huge fun it was. Small, but oh so grand…

After searching and calculating I had this great moment with my best friend while standing in the Expedit-section at IKEA. It must’ve been somewhat like that:
‘Damn I love Expedit, why don’t they do a good closet that way?!’…(two people standing in front of Expedit turning their heads to the right) ‘Wait…why don’t we just…turn it to the right…’ ‘…put a clothes rail into it…’ ‘YEAH and some LED-lighting!’ ‘Yeah!’

And that’s how it started. I actually just build up the TV storage unit. Turned it to the right. Bought a clothes rail and the supports for it and put that one up (be careful with the drill, Expedit unfortunately is not the solid wood you might know from Ikea…haha.)

The last thing I did was sticking the DIODER LED-strips to the top.

What still needs to be done…or better: if you don’t want the left side of the closet to be brown(because it’s the actual bottom side)…is to paint this side in the closets color.

Additionally you can also place LANSA handles in the back to have some more space to hang things.

After 6 months of living in one room with my modified closet-tv-lighting-unit
I’m a happy student with sweet flatshare-mates and my small, beautiful room.

~ Anna, Cologne

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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".

22 Responses to EXPEDITion Small-Room-Closet

  1. stevew68 says:

    I never thought of just simply turning the tv unit on its side. Big thumbs up for being genius. Love this.

  2. Sarah says:

    Recently did this same hack in my own room – looks great, got loads of storage space now! :D

  3. Bryan says:

    Looks like a great place for a guy to organize Ties and belts possibly.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Really nice Hack. Do you know if its possible to remove the middle section for normally placing the TV?

  5. Anonymous says:

    May want to consider facing the “bottom” section with cork tiles – since this is a college dorm, would work well for pinning up notes, reminders, pictures, etc.

  6. Anonymous says:

    super clever hack…I’ll keep it in mind..

  7. jo says:

    please, jules, can you add a wish-list-button? or an add-to-my-scketch-book-button? everytime i see sth that genius i wish i could remember it when i’ll need it. i’ll build it to go in my closet, when i know how to hack it

    • Jules says:

      Jo, perhaps you can use Pinterest to pin the hacks you like onto your own board? They will be saved on Pinterest and you can refer to them anytime. And you can pin resources from other sites too so you’ll have an “online DIY file”. See mine here.

    • Unknown says:

      Or just use an RSS feed (like Google Reader) and *star* the stuff you like. That’s what I do.

    • jo says:

      i’m not on pininterest but i’ll think about it, if that’s a kind of solution, thanks. ;-)
      the big issue is that now i will need to review all the ikeahacker from the beginning….
      for the rss, i always had some problem with it, and i’m not able to use it. maybe it’s me, maybe my software, maybe my aura, i don’t know.

  8. Robert says:

    holy crap this is REALLY awesome! great idea Anna!

    Robert, Hamburg

  9. mydecoreview says:

    TV storage unit to a closet. That is a wonderful transformation

  10. Anonymous says:

    Great idea, but 39 cm depth is a bit narrow for hangers

  11. DubaiMap says:

    I have been searching for ideas for my 6yr old’s closet. Thank you for sharing this, totally getting the white one for her and might even pretty it up even more with some wallpaper.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I love it!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Or put a full-length mirror on the underside. That would cover it and add a little function.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Wow, thats neat. And I agree with prev anon, if you had kept original orientation, you could have had a longer clothes rail since your clothes here are not long, and for extra long dresses, you can probably put in a bygel toilet rollholder on the outer edge on top. But seriously, for 149 bucks, this is just too good and so many possibilities !!

  15. Anonymous says:

    As an entertainment center, the Expedit TV stand is not that attractive. As a closet, it looks great! Practical, too. By orienting it the normal way (rather than turning it 90 degrees) you could also use the component compartments that would go under the TV for shoe storage. Nice work with this hack.

  16. Sing says:

    Very clever especially for a studio apartment with little closet space.

  17. Anonymous says:

    oh this is nicely thought !! put it in a box in my mind for future use!

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