Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ikea hack - Easily convert expedit shelf to a bench

When we moved into our new home, we were lucky to get a side entrance with a large mud room. I was determined to use this as the main entrance (for us) to try to keep my cluttered front door entrance clean. This hasn't been the case. So I decided that if I were to put a bench, some hooks and baskets for the winter stuff then we would start using it more.

I didn't want a fancy bench as this is where my kids will be putting on their winter boots and I didn't want to have to worry about it getting dirty. So we went to Ikea to look for some shelves to put above the bench and decided to use a shelf for the bench too.

We purchases the Ikea Expedit shelf in white (wanted to keep it bright in there) and 6 Ikea kitchen cabinet  feet. We assembled the shelf as per the instructions and then attached the cabinet feet at the four corners and then two in the middle. Very easy!

The kids stand on this as it is very sturdy and it wipes clean easily. I debated making a cushion for the top of the bench or covering it with fabric, but again I will always be worried the kids will get it dirty. This way I don't have to yell "Keep your feet off it!" :)

As you can see I have only two of my burlap drawers, but I do have one more empty box ready to be transformed. I am starting to hate those pizzas!
On a side note...Did you notice my weights in the corner? Do you see what they are being used for? To hold the french door into the mud room open :)  Do they really have any other purpose? Not in this house :) 
Have a great day!


  1. Great bootroom. I agree that simple to clean is the only way to go where winter boots and kids are going to be :)

  2. What a great Ikea hack! Very nice :)

  3. Oh man, this is a wonderful idea! I should use it in our playroom! I wish we had a mudroom, but sadly, we do not! I pretty much use my weights for the same reason--certainly not for their intended purpose! Ha!

  4. I absolutely love this idea. Perfect for the mudroom. I will have to pass this on to a client who is working on her mudroom.

  5. It looks really nice - good work!

  6. Oh my gosh! This looks so good! I almost jumped out of my chair when I saw this. We just re did our laundry/mudroom and I was wondering how I could make this exact shelf work as a bench! The cabinet FEET! Your awesome! Thanks for the help (you didn't even know you were giving me) haha!

  7. Awesome idea. Looks like a few of us girls are going to make a trip to Ikea now. Thanks again for the idea

  8. I never would have thought of this! You are wonderful- I am going to replicate it exactly. I don't have kids yet, but in preparation I think I will make my cushion from all-weather fabric.

    Thanks for the great idea!

  9. How creative - looks great!

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  10. Wow, I love this idea! Very cute & functional!

  11. Great idea, looks pretty:))
    Hugs, Biljana

  12. Oh, it looks great. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday link party until Saturday and would love for you to join the party. There's a giveaway too. Hope to see you there.

  13. What a great idea!!! I would love to post a link to this tutorial on my site if you don't mind. Leave me a comment or email hammond.j84 at gmail

  14. its so funny i have an ikea tv stand that i was
    going to turn into a bench too. Mine his wheels
    underneath with i will be taking off. thanks for the inspiration..

  15. The bench looks great with the legs!

    Question: I am looking to do the same thing (without the legs) for my kids' bedroom and wonder how sturdy the bench will be over time. On IKEA website, it says max load shelf is 29 lbs which means it would not be sturdy enough to seat both my 6 yr old and 2 yr old. What has your experience been like with this?

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  24. I love this! i will put 2 shelfs on top of each other for my entrance. Can you tell me the exact name of the shelves? i can't seem to find it on the ikea website =/


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