With some well-placed IKEA STÄLL shoe cabinets, you can fit in so much more than shoes.
Ever wondered what to do with all the shoes and ancillary clutter that ends up in your hallway (shopping bags, dog leads, paperwork)?
Here’s a nifty solution! Why have just one shoe cabinet, when you can have three? And, therefore, stop a load of trips upstairs to find the right pair of shoes for your dog walk/ shopping trip that day?
I’ve just moved home from a cavernous Victorian house to a designer new build. The new house is fabulous, but doesn’t have all those cupboards I’d become used to, but not only that, no mantelpiece for the rogues’ gallery!
So, I’ve put the two together. I’ve used the bland expanse of useless wall and made a feature out of it, as well as essential storage space.
I started with three STÄLL shoe cabinet, but didn’t use the legs. (Just omit attaching the leg frame, which is Step 13 – 21 in the assembly manual.) I’ve hung them on the wall to give the feeling of more space.
Meanwhile, the ugly new radiator got a cover. I was keen to fit it with the shoe cupboards so they look like they’re meant to go together.
The radiator cover was made from a single piece of MDF. I cut out the hole in the middle and allowed for a vent gap at the top that emulated the handles of the shoe cupboards.
Next, I went to my local sheet metal dealer and bought an off cut of square mesh which I sprayed silver to match the handles. This is attached to the back of the cover with cable clips.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.