Skinny rolling storage cart to fit between washer dryer

rolling storage cart IKEA Hack

I participated in the Spring One Room Challenge and decided to tackle remodeling my laundry room

My laundry room is very small and I needed to add some extra storage but didn’t have much space to work with. 

In between my washer and dryer I had a whopping 11″ and when I saw that IKEA makes a shorter version of the HYLLIS Shelf I knew it was perfect for a rolling storage cart that slots right into the space. 

rolling storage cart for laundry room

It just needed a little hack to make it look pretty and add some utility.  With the addition of some casters, a wooden storage box and some corner brackets I was able to turn a simple IKEA HYLLIS shelf into an industrial rolling storage cart that is ideal for any tight space.  

IKEA items used: 
IKEA HYLLIS shelving unit


Other materials: 
  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Brad nailer
  • Clamps
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Ear protection
  • Eye protection

Rolling storage cart hack instructions: 

Step 1 – Drill new holes for the shelves

Before you get started, throw away the directions that come with the shelf.  You’ll actually be building it upside down and drilling new holes for where the shelves need to be spaced. 

HYLLIS ikea hack

The bottom shelf is flush with the bottom of the four legs.  The top shelf is centered 3-3/16″ from the top of the legs and the middle shelf is centered between the other two shelves.  

drill new holes
Step 2 – Add Casters 

Since casters cannot be screwed into the bottom of the thin metal shelf you’ll need to add some 1/2″ thick wood.

Add wood for casters

I used Loctite glue and clamps to hold them in place until they dried.  Then glue and screw the casters to the wood.  

glue on the wood planks
Add wheels
Step 3 – Build the Storage Box 

I used a 1×10 board for the bottom and ripped it down to 9-1/16″ in width to fit the dimensions of the HYLLIS shelf.  I then used 1×6 boards for the front, back and sides of the box. 

storage box

These were attached using wood glue and brad nails.  I finished the box with stain and polyurethane.   You can find more detail on the finishes that I chose here.  

Step 4 – Install the Wood Storage Box 

Drop the wood box in place.  I Drilled holes through the legs into the wood (careful not to go all the way through).  Then use wood screws to tighten the legs to the box.  I also installed Simpson Strongtie corner brackets at the top of each of the corners of the box to even out the look. 

rolling storage cart for laundry room ikea hack

This is an abridged version. See the full tutorial for this IKEA HYLLIS rolling storage cart hack with more details and tips here.  

rolling storage cart for laundry room ikea hyllis hack
rolling storage cart for laundry room ikea hyllis hack
rolling storage cart for laundry room ikea hyllis hack
rolling storage cart for laundry room ikea hyllis hack

~ by Hannah Schlachter, Handmade Weekly  

Jules Yap