30 min hack turns IKEA storage stool into printer stand

Useful IKEA storage stool gets new life as printer stand or bedside table.

I hacked the Item because since we bought it 7 years ago, it had been used as a plant box, a side table, hamper, etc.

And now, I needed a bedside table.

But as it was, it wasn’t much useful because it had no place to store things like books and other things.

After studying it for a bit, I found a way to add a “shelf nook” into the stool itself. I modified it within 20-30 mins.

It didn’t cost additional money aside from the original cost when I bought the product.

It’s pretty easy to do and you’ll end up with a new bedside table or printer stand.

IKEA item used:
  • IKEA Molger Storage Box
IKEA Molger storage stool
Tools needed:
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • A couple of screws (optional)
  • Sandpaper or file for making the edges smooth

IKEA MOLGER bedside table / printer stand

The whole idea of this hack is to remove one of the panels and repurpose it into a shelf.

The first step is to set aside the bottom panel, if you have it already assembled, which you’ll need when you put it all together.

Then, remove the side panel (without the bottom edge) from the stool.


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Make the cuts with a handsaw where shown.


You should now have 3 pieces. File down the cut edges. You’ll not be needing the middle piece with 1 slat.


Install the top piece back into the stool.

top panel

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top panel

Now for the bottom panel. It should be at the same height as the legs of the stool.

bottom panel

Mark where you would need to drill.


Attach the bottom piece to the two legs.

IKEA MOLGER printer stand

Replace the bottom panel into the MOLGER stool.

IKEA MOLGER printer stand

And there you have it. A storage stool turned bedside table …

IKEA MOLGER printer stand
IKEA MOLGER printer stand

… or an distinctly IKEA printer stand.

IKEA MOLGER printer stand
IKEA MOLGER bedside table /  printer stand
What to pay attention to?

Pay attention to which side you are cutting and how to assemble the pieces.

I hope someone will find it useful too.

~ by Cary Uy


Explore the MOLGER range on IKEA.com. (The MOLGER storage stool is discontinued.)