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Published on December 26th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Ikea Kitchen Island as a Mobile Workshop Bench


Materials: Ikea Kitchen Island, 2×4 Pine Boards, 4 Casters

Description: This is a simple hack with lofty aspirations. It simply involves adding casters and a wide wheel base to the bottom of an existing ikea kitchen island to use as a mobile workbench. I designed and built a larger workbench (the lofty part) such that the mobile ikea island can fit within it when not in use. Instructions are simple:


1. Measure and cut a 2×4 board to desired length, minimum of 24″ for caster clearance.
2. Cut two grooves on each board, the exact shape (1.75″ by 1.75″) and location of the ikea legs, such that the board can slide onto the bottom shelf while embracing the legs.
3. Drill a hole and screw one 3″ screw onto each leg to secure the boards.
4. Attach 2″ casters to the each end of the board (4 total). Make sure at least two casters have locking mechanisms to prevent free roaming.
5. Attach auxiliary equipment to the ikea table such as an extension outlet, hooks for hanging towels, vice grips, etc.
6. And done!

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~ Daniel Koenigkann, Orlando, FL

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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".

One Response to Ikea Kitchen Island as a Mobile Workshop Bench

  1. David says:

    The distance the feet and casters stick out from the plane of the workbench looks like a tripping hazard.
    If the back cross rail of the bench was moved up enough and that notched cross plank was discarded or notched deeper, the whole island trolley could be pushed all the way in against the wall.

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