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8+ Easy Upgrades For Ikea Shelves To Maximize Storage

When it comes to hacking storage, nothing's better than Ikea shelves. They're so versatile because they usually come in a variety of sizes. And if not, you can also mix and match them to adjust the width and length to your liking.

If you don't believe me, just take a look at these cool ways other people have used them and see for yourself.

1. BILLY Bookcase Dresser

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What if you could turn just an ordinary BILLY bookcase into a dresser? It turns out you can. All you need is some scrap wood, paint, and drawer handles.

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2. Shoe Rack Hack

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For those with lots of shoes (um, hello — me!), an ordinary small shoe rack won't suffice. So why not expand the FJÄLKINGE shelf unit instead?

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3. Customized Shelf Unit

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Customizing an Ikea BILLY bookcase isn't as hard as it looks. You can even find used units that fit your vision just like this lady did.

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4. Funky Zig-Zag Shelf

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Someone actually built a replica of this cool zig-zag shelf by using Ikea's black LACK shelves in 43″ and 12″. Wow, that's pretty impressive.

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5. BILLY And BESTA Entertainment Center

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Sometimes, it's hard to find an existing entertainment center that fits your needs. So just build one using tall BILLY bookcases and BESTA components.

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6. Wall Unit Display

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Who knew that you can create this cool wall unit display by joining the Ikea LACK shelves together to form something unique like this? So cool!

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7. Shoe Wall Display

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Speaking of wall displays, this is definitely right for a shoe-lover who really wants to show off those new pairs of sneakers.

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8. BILLY Bookcase Revamp

Talk about creating a different look to the otherwise plain BILLY bookcase. Here they added custom cane doors that I gotta say look absolutely fabulous.

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9. Sliding Door Heaven

Speaking of upgrading your BILLY bookcase, get a load of this design. They actually added sliding doors to this one. Say what? That is seriously cool.

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10. Ikea MOPPE Mini Storage Chest Hack

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This is definitely one of Ikea's most popular items. Upgrade this six-storage compartment unit with a cool gingham pattern like this and voilà!

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11. KALLAX Bench

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Did you know you can transform the Ikea KALLAX unit into a cozy bench like this? Oh my gosh, this is an awesome way to use it.

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12. BILLY Bookcase Curio

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Buying a large curio like this might cost you thousands of dollars, but you can make one with the BILLY bookcase and the GRYTNÄS glass doors.

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13. EKBY ALEX Floating Dresser

Reddit | AstroAbi

For anyone with a small bedroom, the EKBY ALEX shelf can be transformed into a small, floating dressing table. This looks so chic!

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14. KALLAX Floating Entertainment Unit

Reddit | pitbulldoorbell

Here's another floating shelf idea, but this time it's being used as an entertainment unit. Perfect for small spaces!

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15. Mudroom Makeover

Reddit | DanimalTheFierce

What was once a disorganized mudroom is now the perfect place to store boots, coats, and outerwear. Once again, the KALLAX shelf comes to the rescue.

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16. Custom TV Unit

Reddit | bobo_12

Two BILLY bookcases and a KALLAX storage unit were combined here to make the ultimate TV storage system. I've never seen so much storage in my life.

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17. The Pegboard That Can Do It All

Reddit | WhatTheFunks

The SKADIS desk organizer is already a go-to Ikea storage product, but don't forget that you can customize it! Use spray paint to change up the color and try using it in your kitchen or bathroom, too.

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18. DIY Bar

Reddit | Pentonvile

All this shelf hack needed were a few wooden crates from Ikea and some copper pipes. That is one good-looking home bar.

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19. SKOGSTA Bench Hack

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Two great products were combined into one with this hack. The SKOGSTA bench and shelf became the ultimate storage unit with a few tweaks. Take a look at Made What Now for the full tutorial.

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20. I Need This In My Laundry Room

Reddit | rqny

A hacked KALLAX shelf paired with FILUR bins became a one-stop-laundry-shop with a few smart adjustments. By leaving out some of the shelf dividers, this Reddit user was able to store the bins to hold laundry and cleaning supplies.

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21. KALLAX Upgrade

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You can easily add a little bit of mid-century flair to an otherwise plain KALAX shelf unit when you upgrade it with these awesome wooden legs. Thanks to The Surznick Common Room for this idea!

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22. PAX Wardrobe Hack

Reddit | b96d98g97

No closet? No problem! A number of PAX wardrobes were strategically placed to give the illusion of a built-in closet. I would store so many clothes in there.

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It's awesome to see how people upgraded or revamped their existing Ikea shelves to create something truly unique to fit their custom needs.

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I'm getting a ton of inspo here.

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