Published on December 11th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Old Shelf, Old Stair, New Look

Materials: Expedit

Description: I don’t know how, but a 4 x 4 Expedit shelf seems to fit better in a flat than in a house? So when we recently moved into a new home we were ready to throw out the trusty piece of furniture because we just couldn’t find the right place for it. But since then we have been inspired by the hacks here and various ways you can cut and paint the Expedit.

As a result what you see here is, for regular Ikea Hackers, nothing new. But we did want to share our attempts with the community.

The key thing that we did was to cut the shelf to fit in with the original paneling under the stair and become an integrated piece of furniture. We also lifted the shelf and made it sit proud of the paneling to highlight the difference between old and new.

The shelves were design to fit keys and wallets in the top bit, and books,(and taller books) in the other bits.

~ LawrenceToTheMax, London

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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 Old Shelf, Old Stair, New Look

  1. remodeling columbus says:

    Gorgeous AND functional – I love it!

  2. The British house has an unmistakable quality about it. I looked at the photo and thought straight away, that looks like a post from the UK! I love what you have done with the understairs bit. I have a similar sized space that is a bit dead right now… got to give shelves a bit of a think – thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Looks quite smart! Love the idea of the narrow shelf for a pocket emptier instead of having a table or somesuch to trip over.

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