Dining expedit 3

Published on November 17th, 2013 | by April


Expedit Dining Nook

expedit 3

Materials: Expedit 2×4 and Expedit 1×1

Description: I’ve been wanting to better utilize some of the space occupied by our table and chairs. Along with a switch from chairs to benches along two walls, I wanted something that also had extra storage. I decided an Expedit unit would be the best option. Many people have used the 5 shelf Expedit tipped on it’s side as a bench, but unfortunately we had only 68 inches of space to work with. After browsing Ikea’s website for a bit, I determined that it would be entirely possible to hack two Expedit units together to create perfect sized benches for our space: the single and the eight shelf Expedits.

expedit 2 expedit 1 expedit 2 expedit 1

Once all the pieces are out of the box, combining them into two benches is rather intuitive. The top and bottom of the single unit become the new sides of the 58 5/8″ long bench (the sides of the eight unit becoming the top and bottom). The sides of the single unit are now the sides of a 31 1/8″ short bench (the top and bottom coming from the eight unit). The eight unit Expedit gives you four short shelves and three long shelves. One short piece goes into the 31 3/8″ bench, the other three go into the 58 5/8″ bench. Once the two benches were assembled, I put inserts with doors into them (minus the space where the benches would overlap) to create storage cabinets. I then used the long shelves that were left over and, using foam and fabric from the craft store, created cushioned seats to go on top of the benches. No pieces are wasted, and the benches are sturdy enough to hold several kids, or an adult and kids.

Wallpapered Closet
Bench (easily) made from Lack table

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6 Responses to Expedit Dining Nook

  1. andrew says:

    Since Expedits are no longer being made, we bought two single Kallax shelves, cut the ends to customize their length to make a breakfast nook. We fit the shelves in an L-shaped pattern, but with the size of a cubby left out of to allow for a four-legged BJURSTA table with locking caster wheels, which can be slid against the wall and over one of the shelf/seats when not in use. We glued/screwed 4′ feet onto the shelves to allow air flow from wall vents. We are creating foam cushions that will velcro to the top of the seat, complete with built in bolters to ease the 90 degree angle between wall and seat.

    And let me tell you — we love it so far. Totally transformed our small dinning area into a functional space for just us or a whole bunch of friends. Doubleplus fun to hack for our purposes, too.

  2. Jeanette says:

    I have a question about those doors and your method of attaching them? You said you put “inserts with doors” into each compartment? Did you purchase these inserts somewhere, or build them yourself? Curious about if there are such existing inserts already to save on labor time. Thank you! (Feel free to email the reply to me if you want.)

  3. Ruth says:

    Just what I was looking for!!!! thank you so much! I would need to get the 1×1 since I already have the2x4! yay excited to it hopefully in our new house!

  4. EmmeyG says:

    Kelly, it looks like they bought the single-cube expedit (1 cube) and the eight-cube expedit, which is 2 cubes x 4 cubes. All the sides of the single expedit unit are the same size and were used as the end pieces for both benches. The eight-cube unit sides were used as the top and bottom for both benches (the short side of eight-unit for the 2×1 bench, and the long side of the eight-unit for the 4×1 bench). If you click on the link for the units and go to the ikea website and click on the assembly instructions, the diagrams of the expedit pieces make this hack make a lot more sense.

  5. kelly says:

    I was wondering how to get a 4 high coz they only sell 5 high which is the wrong hight for the rest of my expidit! Thank you!

  6. Anne LK says:

    That’s a great storage space, plus you don’t have to lift up the seats to get at things… Very nice!

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