I decided to hack the carousel because I use the cupboard as a pantry and I found that I had lots of small items like spices. And I also had lots of things stacked on top of each other. It was disorderly and hard to get to when I was trying to find items.
Since I already had one carousel, it only cost the price of the second unit. Now, I have twice as much space and all the short/ small items are in order.
IKEA items used:
2 x IKEA UTRUSTA corner cabinet carousel
BEFORE! Carousel with 2 tiers of shelves
Other materials and tools:
I used a drill to make a hole through the spindle for the top shelf
4 tier carousel instructions:
I put together all the shelves from the second unit.
Then I undid the pole in the existing unit inside the cabinet.
I put the extra two shelves onto the pole and reinstalled the pole in the cabinet.
Next, I slid all the shelves up to the top and put the pins in. Then, I lowered the shelves — starting from the bottom shelf first to compensate for how close the shelves are to each other.
Lastly, I had to drill a new hole at the top for the pin for the top shelf.
And here it is, a corner cabinet carousel with 4 revolving tiers.
What’s the hardest part of the hack?
The hardest part of the hack was getting all the pins in and the shelves to stay up while I put in the pins.
Start putting the pin in for the shelf at the lowest tier, with all the other shelves held above where you are working.
I used tins of tuna to stop the shelves from falling down on the one I was working on, after a number of bruises from the other shelves slipping down.
Looking back, would you have done it differently?
Probably would have used the tuna tins sooner or worked out a better way to hold the top shelves up.
I started by working from the top down and when I got to the bottom I realised there wasn’t enough space to put the pin in on the last shelf. I had to pull the whole thing apart and start again from the bottom up.
~ by Karrie B.
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Updated with new content from original post on May 13, 2020.
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