These cut down wall shelves completed her kitchen wall

We liked the elegant design of the LISABO wall shelf but they were too deep. In the kitchen, we preferred shallower shelves.

Here’s what we did to turn them into our ideal kitchen open shelf.

IKEA items used: 

LISABO wall shelf | Buy on

Other materials and tools: 

IKEA LISABO kitchen shelves instructions: 

Cut shelf to shallower size. We chose 12 cm. (The original width of the LISABO is 30 cm.)

Using the cut off portion as a guide, mark and drill holes at the back of the cut shelves. Attach the vertical brackets as per IKEA instructions.

lisabo kitchen shelf

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Then, hang as usual, using wall fixings appropriate for your wall. Besides using wall fixings, we chose to glue the shelves to the wall as well.

We decided to add extra adhesion as we foresee the shelves getting a lot of use. 

lisabo kitchen shelf

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How long and how much did it cost?

It took 2 hours with a friend who is a carpenter. 1 hour per shelf. Total €100.

What do you like most about the hack?

It completed the vision of my kitchen.

What to pay special attention to?

Be very careful when cutting as the centre has a lattice structure.

lisabo kitchen shelf

The best is to cut the shelf with a band saw.

~ by Áine Ivers

About the LISABO wall shelves

The IKEA LISABO wall shelves can be hung in different positions to suit your style. The brackets may be placed under or over the shelf.

You can also buy several and do both.

IKEA demonstrates this with brackets beneath the first three shelves. The last one is placed above the shelf to create a larger shelving space.

With the rounded edges and contours, they look great as open shelves for the kitchen.

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