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Published on May 15th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Hacker Help: Sofa with built-in storage shelves?

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Description: I’m looking to hack or build a sofa sectional with built in storage shelves on the side arms all the way to the back of the sofa. I think this has extremely hacker potential, anyone have suggestions?

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Jules Yap

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13 Responses to Hacker Help: Sofa with built-in storage shelves?

  1. Chirag Dagli says:

    I love the way sofa is organized and the side are used as a small shelves cabinets. Really nice concept.

  2. Chanel Rene says:

    Looks like it could work with the Tylosand sofa and a few Expedit hacks. :)

  3. Matthias says:

    It reminds me of the loft on FOXs TV show New Girl

  4. john michael says:

    The first picture has a great idea and looking awesome to me. i love the way sofa is organized and the side are used as a small shelves cabinets. Great sharing!!

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  5. Kitty says:

    ok, here’s my idea ::

    using the bestå shelf/height extension units, 2 each of #s 802.539.08 and 302.539.01, and 2 bestå vara doors (202.538.74), you can surround any 80″ wide sofa. i used the Karlstad 098.405.35 for my plan up there.
    you’ll want L brackets from the hardware store to help keep things for going wobbly at the corners, but basically, you put it all together normally.
    the 302′s go along the back, centered. the vara doors go one on each end of that for decoration. you could change the glass out to anything you want, even a panel piece that matches the veneer. the 802′s go against the arms, L bracketted to the 302′s for stability.

    if you want to, you can use perfekt panels instead of the vara’s to bring the depth even, or you could get unfinished cabinet doors in the right sizes (if too small, just center. it’ll look on purpose), and stain to match.
    if you are bound and determined to hide the feet of karl, you could either use perfekt toekick pieces (502.311.78), or build a box for the sofa instead of using the legs.

    let me know if you have any questions about the picture. i’m weird and like helping people build things. ^.^-b

  6. Joelle says:

    Those pictures look more like sofas with shelves behind, but you do have several options.

    I’d go with the Karlstad sofa as it has very square clean lines. Replace the legs with the lack wall shelf around the base to give you something to attach the pieces of your shelving to. The Expedit 1×5 shelving unit would give you the height you want for this design on each side and can be mitered to flow around to the back. Another Expedit 1×5 could be placed on top of the shelves in the back to bring the height up to the back of the sofa. Use MDF or extra panels from Lacks you find in the “as is” section to fill in the gap between the two lacks that wrap around the back of the sofa from under the arms. You could also get one of the larger Expedits and completely change the layout which might save you money over buying 3-4 1×5′s, but this would require a lot of planning and thought. I’d draw up some design ideas for you, but unfortunately I haven’t a clue as to how I would post it here.

  7. Anonymous says:

    the kivik sofa back and armrest are not solid obviously so you could perhaps cut out enough of side and rear panels to fit in a frame or single expedit shelf. on the other hand that would limit you to less than the depth of the back support, unless you make seating heigher.

  8. We built something like this, but the shelf behind the Sofa in our case is attached to the wall. But maybe it gives you some inspiration: http://snp.gd/ta7ww4

  9. Liz T. says:

    I want this so badly…

  10. Kenny says:

    Can I ask where did you get the pictures from? I’m assuming you can buy something like this? But I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Just measure up your lenghts (of the sofa you want to buy or have) and go to your local hardware store and ask them to cut some mdf pannels to your lenghts. use 2 mdf’s glue them together because the thickness in the photo does sugests that its at least 3-4cm thick. And when your at the local hardware store buy some paint and paint the mdf after your done screwing the pannels together.

    I would suggest using green mdf because when your cleaning it can withstand some liquid.

    You can use ikea stuff but I think you would just make it harder on yourself and mdf is cheap. Like 35€ for 1 pannel of 244*122

  12. Alek Davis says:

    This does look amazing.

  13. My first idea is trying to do some sketches using expedit (1×5 I guess). Since it is a “storage” furniture by itself and it has the modern look like in the design you show it could work!! The pillows will be easy to get done and, all by ourselves I’m proud to say that we have just covered (do you call it “upholster”?) our old sofa using some fabric from Ikea as well!!

    Gr and good luck!!

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