Published on January 10th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Hacky New Year EXPEDIT Bar!!!

IKEA EXPEDIT 2×2, 1×5 and desk extension
Ikea Expedit Desk add-on
Undercabinet Stemware Rack
Wine Bottle Racks (2)
Aluminum Channel
Plastic speaker port
Anthropology brass pulls (5)
Rigid Casters (4)

We hacked together a mini-bar for our office holiday party and beyond. Here’s how we did it. Cheers!!

1) I used a 2×2 and a 1×5 to create an-extra long counter top for the bar, and an EXPEDIT desk add-on as a moveable door/surface combination. The idea was to allow the bar to take on different looks depending on where the moveable door was positioned.

2) I cut a continuous channel into the top of both EXPEDITs. We laid length of aluminum track from Home Depot into the channel. The channel is set a few inches in from the outermost edges of the EXPEDITS so that it’€™s not visible from the sides.

3) The rolling cabinet door is basically an inverted L, with inset casters rolling along both the floor and inside the aluminum track.

I cut the edge of the EXPEDIT desktop to a width of 11-3/8″€œ, to be 4″ shy of the back edge of the EXPEDITs. This left a 4″ surface along the length of the bar to display bottles without blocking
the track.

I also cut out a recess in the underside of the desktop in order to mount the first set of casters.

4) Next, I cut the bottom end off the vertical support of the desktop to reveal the cardboard honeycomb inside. I removed enough honeycomb to insert a 1″ x 2″€ pine strip into the hollow frame. I attached the casters to the pine strip and mounted it inside the cut end of the desk – deep enough so the wheels would the floor without being seen.

I used Gorilla Glue to affix pine blocks into the channels for the other casters and the aluminum track, since the EXPEDIT is too hollow to screw into otherwise.

Now the fun part…

5) I cut a hole through the top of the EXPEDIT 2×2, and lined it with a 4″ speaker port. Easy ice access, and it’€™s the perfect size to let a bottle chill for awhile. A last-minute brainstorm was to turn an EXPEDIT door Insert on it’€™s side so that we could pull it down to open, slide in a small trash bin as an ice bucket, and voila!

6) For the finishing touches I added two J.K. Adams 12-Bottle wine racks because they fit almost perfectly in the square compartments of the EXPEDIT. I had to sand the outside edges down a little and pounded them in with a rubber mallet – no glue necessary! They came unfinished, so I sprayed them black. I did the same with an under-cabinet stemware rack from The Container Store, then Gorilla-Glued it in.

I use Rosewood PANYL, which is one of my favorite combinations with the Black-Brown EXPEDIT finish. Lastly, I took the woodgrain theme even further with some petrified wood pulls that were being closed out at Anthropology.for $2.99 each.

Total Time: 6 hrs

Total Cost:

EXPEDIT 2×2, 1×5 & desk add-on – $150
Aluminum track, casters, wood – $40
Speaker port – $6
J.K. Adams wine racks – $54
Container Store stemware rack – $30
Anthropology pulls – $15
PANYL – $35

TOTAL – $330


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Jules Yap

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40 Responses to Hacky New Year EXPEDIT Bar!!!

  1. Stefano says:

    Where can i get that wine poster? I love it!

  2. Stephani says:

    Nice, but again as I see all too often here, these explanations are sorely lacking in detail.
    What aluminum tracking? Does it have a name, number department? Does one just walk into HD and ask for aluminum tracking and casters? You know that is not possible no one there knows anything, and if they do they usually are on a break. The same goes for all of these items; Speaker port, J.K. Adams wine racks, Container Store stemware rack, Anthropology pulls, PANYL . You could also offer some instructions as to where on might make these cuts, where you might position the 2×2 or the 1 x 5 add ons. I have no clue as to what you are talking about. Where do those casters go? How many do I buy? Is it 2 or 4 or 6 or 8? Your photos are so close up, they show almost nothing. It is frustrating to see thses cool projects and then see the instructions so poor related.

    It does look cool.

  3. Jeremy Ng says:

    Your brilliant idea will help many. Your good post will boost Ikea sales. On the internet claimed that Ikea wasn’t happy about it (

    I feel that that is very awkward way of mentality for Ikea to thank you for your effort.

  4. Andrew says:

    I just finished off a small sideboard in a 2×2 inspired by this design. Some lessons learned:
    - No matter how tightly I assembled the wine rack, I had to use a plane to take off about 1/8′ from each side to make it fit. It wasn’t hard after I found the right tool for the job, but plan accordingly.
    - With some saw and drill work, I was able to make three rows of the stemware rack stretch the whole 15″ depth of one Expedit cube.

  5. Jeannee says:

    I am assuming, although you did not state, that this is hung on the wall (at least the floating part). How did you float it on the wall without any visible cleat ?

  6. Libby says:

    I’m wondering if I can get the name and brand of the wall paint color in the photo? I love it

  7. David says:

    Looks great!

    Where did you get the art from??

  8. JJ says:

    Awesome idea. What’s the best way to secure the Expedit 1×5 to the wall?

  9. Dian says:

    Question: Can you slide the moving part while wine bottles are actually in the wine rack?
    I’m just wondering if there is a gap needed to make sure that the bottles don’t block the table piece from moving around.
    Best hack so far! I’m doing a slightly smaller version myself. Love it!


  10. Anon says:

    No, he’s not. Everything looks like a big penis.

    Then again, I am female.

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  12. Bill S, LA, California says:

    Wow. Definitely a good candidate for the annual IKEA Hack awards.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Very, very stylish.
    Very, very jealous.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Are the stemware rack from Ikea? Can’t find them on the website.. brilliant hack though!

  15. Jake says:

    This is brilliant. What’s the best way to mount the 1×5 to the wall?

  16. Dugleik says:

    Like others have commented already; it took me a few seconds to realize how utter brilliant this bar is. This is on my things to do list, I have the perfect spot for it. Luckily I live close to ikea and can go check the ‘as it is’ section pretty often. This will be made.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Phallic ha ha- that is one of the best and most unexpected comments I’ve seen on here! I LOVE this- what a great idea! One of the best hacks I’ve seen!

  18. I’m going to build this. Today. In a shorter version with hidden channel built into the door.

    Thanks a lot for the inspiration!

  19. stefi b. says:

    wow! that’s incredible cool!!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Not sure if its because i’m english but i want to work in an office where we can build amazing things and have office partys from our office bar!! Looks great!

  21. Nancy says:

    VERY impressive. Although in the spirit of Ikea hacks I’m not sure this is for the amateur DIYer. This is PRO. I mean that in the best way. :)

  22. Angela Giaco says:

    This seems like one of the coolest Ikea creations ever! And it’s so cheap and VERY useful. I LOVE it!

  23. Anonymous says:

    do you have top and side view pictures of the amazing project..

  24. Anonymous says:

    amazing work..nice man..wish u had a video on diy this, would be much would it cost just to send for me to send you the things and just make it ..and send back lol

  25. Anonymous says:

    I’m all for some pro hacks. Honestly I’m getting a bit tired of the folks who push two expedits into a corner and bridge a desktop between them like my son does with his blocks. I’m not knocking those folks, I’m just saying I think some of them could use a bit more inspiration. Thanks for upping the game, panyl, keep ‘em comin!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Excellent !!!

  27. Anonymous says:

    “Phallic or not, this is a formidable hack. Bottoms up!”
    I Agree, I don’t want be polemic


    • PANYL says:

      Thanks all for the compliments and other sundry observations. More than anything I am enjoying the energetic repartee!

      As noted in the description, “The idea was to allow the bar to take on different looks depending on where the moveable door was positioned.”

      I am overjoyed to see this concept taking hold, as evidenced by Matt’s interpretation!


  28. Rex M., Houston TX says:

    Anonymous – I see many people doing IKEA-hack just because they can. So it would not surprise me if the PANYL folks intentionally made this bar penis-shaped.

    Phallic or not, this is a formidable hack. Bottoms up!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing! I like it and his details.

    But I Think it looks like as a big penis.


  30. Hillary Holmkamp says:

    IHoTY 2013!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Aa said above – early entry for Hack of the year! I love the expedit units, possibly the most versatile and hack able of all ikea units available.

    Great job

  32. Anonymous says:

    Is it too early to vote for Best Hack of 2013?
    This is a great hack idea, and a great write up!

  33. Amazing hack. I would like to see some video, how this moves and if it’s noiseless.

    • PANYL says:

      Jaroslaw – video would’ve been awesome. I ‘m slapping myself now for that oversight. We actually just sold the bar to a customer in our showroom who badly wanted to buy it, figuring we could just build another one. When we do, we’ll be sure to get video.

      Was it noiseless? Not 100%. It made a soft, muted sort of rumble on the carpet – a satisfying sound. When we had it on the linoleum, the wheels made a louder, not as satisfying sound. But the wheels inside the track are virtually silent.


    • PANYL says:

      Actually – we could’ve made the wheels silent if we’d bought better casters. The ones we used were very basic, only a few dollars a pair..


  34. Cookie says:

    very impressive! i may use this as inspiration for my entertainment unit remodel!

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