Published on April 9th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Expedit to kitchen storage and work-top

Materials: 4 2×2 Expedits, 8 Capita legs (11cm), drawer- and door-inserts to taste, Panyl covers for inserts (optional), screws and 4 mending plates

Description: My kitchen has virtually no storage space, so I needed something to extend the kitchen area outward and give me lots of storage. I also wanted more work-top area and bring some color to the monochrome kitchen.

The original idea (which you can see in the sketch in the photos) was more complicated and contained an actual work-top, which doesn’t work with drawers below the work-top. If someone wanted to build this without the drawers though, building it the way I sketched it would also let it be used as a breakfast-bar.

The build itself is quite simple and doesn’t require any special tools, except possibly for some pliers.

Assemble two Expedits as instructed and mount four capita legs each onto the bottom walls. Note the orientation, the long walls of the Expedits become the top and the bottom wall.

Depending on preference, work-top height or other factors, other legs than the 11cm capita legs can of course be used.

Assemble the other two Expedits as can be seen on the pictures, using only one of the short boards and leaving the bottom open. I used the two unused wooden pins for extra stability between the short and the long separating board, shortening the pins using pliers so they don’t stick out of the long board.

Finally the open sides of the unfinished Expedits go on top of the complete ones, using mending plates to fix them to one another. I moved the top Expedits back halfway of the depth, simply because that made everything line up with my kitchen.

In my case the two (now 2×4 big) Expedits are not fixed to each other which makes handling a bit easier, but they could of course easily be.

Finish up by putting in the inserts and make everything colorful with Panyl covers. One nice final touch would be to cover up the mending plates, but I haven’t gotten to that yet.

~ Robert, London

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7 Responses to Expedit to kitchen storage and work-top

  1. Frank says:

    Hey Robert! Nice project!
    I have a suspect that Capita legs doesn’t work with a 2×4 Expedit: I have to say that I will be new to hacking Ikea furnishing, but I need to elevate a 2×4 Expedit over it’s standard 79 cms (put down on the ground, not stand). And I ask to myself, as a record collector: if I put 4 capita legs (11 cm, or more) under this 2×4 expedit, will I be able to put records in and stereo equipment on it without any problem? What do you think, Rob? What do you think, hackers?

  2. Kelly says:

    This is great! How did you attach the mending plates to the side of the Expedit? I thought it was hollow. We’d like to do something similar with stacking two Expedit units on top of each other, but were feeling nervous about the mending plates ripping out of the hollow sides.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I thought the space at the back of the work top was for cords of appliances to dangle down to a power strip.

  4. Rae says:

    Cute concept, love your color pattern.

  5. It look as if the space got smaller! The white color was better!


  6. Anonymous says:

    Nice but how often do you have to reach under the cabinet to retrieve something that fell behind?

    Also: if you attach the top expedit to the bottom with a 90 degrees steel hook at the back, you wouldn’t need the visible steel plates.

    • Robert says:

      This is a very good point, though it hasn’t happened to me yet.

      But there are two long expedit walls left over, cut them in half length-wise and attach them where the hole would be, and voila, no more gap and more work-area. The only reason I haven’t done this is because I’m lacking the tools.

      I thought about just using angled plates in the back, but I do think it would be less stable, and the mending plates should be quite easy to cover up.


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