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Good Old EXPEDIT with Plywood doors

Old EXPEDIT gets a new fresh look with plywood doors.

Since my kid is not yet one year old, he does not yet need a bigger wardrobe, I wanted to use two old EXPEDIT shelving units to put his toys and books, etc.

Also, he can practice opening drawers, doors and taking out boxes.

I had some plywood left over, so I wanted to use this to make it more cohesive with the dresser I had.

IKEA items used:
EXPEDIT vs KALLAX
Other materials and tools:
  • Leather handles (black)
  • Screwdriver
  • Piece of plywood
  • Some varnish
  • Sandpaper
  • Glue kit

EXPEDIT doors instructions:

(As the EXPEDIT is discontinued, you can do the same with the KALLAX shelving unit.)

Firstly, I had some used EXPEDIT door inserts and a drawer insert, besides the 2 EXPEDIT shelving units.

After deciding where the drawers, doors and DRÖNA boxes would fit best, I took out two doors and replaced them with two plywood pieces (sandpapered and varnished twice).

EXPEDIT doors in plywood

Related: DIY plywood doors for EXPEDIT unit


These were also already cut to the right size in the hardware store, and my brother in law helped me with making the holes in the right place. I used the already existing door fittings.

Then, I replaced all handles with new leather handles. And to finish it off I glued a bigger plate of plywood on top of the shorter EXPEDIT as a counter.

Lastly, I paired it up with a LURVIG cat house where he can put his toys/stuffed animals, and a HAVERN hook rack on the side. (My advice is to also glue this, as the EXPEDIT sides are hollow).

~ by Marleen K.