The hack is part of a whole guest room design which is part of a new second floor. I needed some neat storage for my sewing materials but had only 12” of depth due to the positioning of the attic pull-down stairs. We built a Murphy bed, wardrobes and cupboards with shelves and the IKEA storage boxes integrated into the design.
- Trofast storage boxes in varying sizes (without the frame)
- Aluminium angles
As the whole floor is open plan we hung a sliding wall which is also built into the cupboards creating a whole neat wall of doors.
Here’s how we hacked the IKEA storage boxes into our built-in
- We started with and positioned the Murphy bed, then created the rest of the build around that.
- We used aluminium angles to support the boxes after I decided what I wanted to go where.
- We cut the aluminium angles to the right length to fit the depth of the cabinets. Smoothened the cut edges with a flat file.
- Then we measured where we want the TROFAST boxes to fit and marked the spots for the screws.
- We also added some extra angles to allow for altering the placement of the TROFAST boxes and for a shelf for my pattern files.
- Next, we screwed in the aluminium angles, parallel on both sides of the cabinets. Use a level to make sure your angles sit properly.
- Attach all the angles before slotting in the IKEA storage boxes.
The result is a highly organised storage, that is easy to access, for what was before, a mess that was difficult to find anything.
Scroll down to see additional photos of the other cabinets surrounding the sewing storage area and Murphy bed.
~ by Pauleen Ward Brown
Other ways to use TROFAST boxes in your sewing area
A sewing table made from GORM (discontinued, similar to HEJNE) with a made to measure frame for TROFAST storage boxes. Read more.
Use 2 Trofast Frames, 2 Trofast Wall Unit and plenty of bins to make an extra large crafting table. Read more.