Hackers Help kalllax

Published on May 16th, 2014 | by mom929


Hackers Help: Using Kallax for an Expedit bed?


Hi.  I’m thinking of creating a bed with storage underneath, like this hack.

Now that Ikea has discontinued Expedit for Kallax I’m wondering if the Kallax will work (aside from the obvious changes since Expedit came in 5×1 and Kallax only comes in 4×1.  What other changes have been made?  Is Kallax as sturdy?  Can it stand up to putting a bed on top, or do you think I will have to make other changes to support it?

I’d appreciate any tips from you experienced hackers.




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8 Responses to Hackers Help: Using Kallax for an Expedit bed?

  1. claire says:

    Do you think the kallax shelving set out and secured as above could support the weight of the kura bed being used as bunk beds for 2 toddlers with slatted base on top of the above kallax shelving base to make the bottom bunk.

  2. Vince says:

    Hi-for a double bed (150×190) can I use 3+1 kallax (shaped as an E – rotate the E 90 degrees) as base (plus maybe something on top)? It should be strong enough and only 3 cm shorter. ANy opinion?

    • Kim says:

      3+1? 3, 3×1′s and ? Could you give me more specific details. Would
      Like to make a double. Can you just assemble the kallax units, push them together put a wood board under and secure?

  3. Kelly says:

    Has anyone taken a moment to mourn the loss of expedit? I know we do. Our entire home is furnished in it.

  4. Susi says:

    Also, how about searching for a second-hand expedit? Over here, lots of people want to get rid of their old ones online…

  5. Bill says:

    In the hack you reference the 4″ x 4″ post legs are what support the bed platform’s center and the shelves partially support the edge of the platform. With the four posts in the middle of the platform that should be no problem for the bed. You might have to step on the shelf to be able to get into bed, so you need to see if the Kallax will support your weight. Alternately, you might rearrange the shelf units so that they aren’t as far out beyond the platform for the bed.

  6. Martin says:

    If you use a similar solution to that hack you should be OK, the main weight of the people on the bed will be held up by the legs with brackets that support the platform on top of the Expedit base.

    If you are worried about the stability of Kallax then use a thicker board for the platform and use more legs to carry the weight of the platform. Build that part well enough and you can remove the Kallax and still have a working bed. :)

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